We are happy to announce that Nutwork has become a participant of the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI). SNI brings key players in the nut industry together to strategically develop sustainable supply chains and a transparent nut sector. SNI’s participants are committed to improve the transparency in their supply chain, to strengthen the relationship with farmer cooperatives and to work towards volume and quality improvement. We talked to Uwe Bockius, CEO of Nutwork, about their motivation to join SNI.
Nutwork is a leading supplier of nuts and dried fruit for food retailers and discounters in Germany and Europe. Being specialised in procurement, processing, packaging, and logistics, Nutwork sources more than 100 different products from over 60 countries. About 120 employees work to achieve an annual production volume of 45,000 tons of nuts and dried fruit. The corporate headquarters is located in the heart of Hamburg and the production site in the Hamburg port area.
Why do you think an initiative such as the Sustainable Nut Initiative is important?
As an individual company there is only so much we can do. A platform like the Sustainable Nut Initiative allows us to join forces with likeminded companies. Pre-competitive collaboration offers the possibility to go beyond individual action and leverage the power of the industry.
Why did Nutwork join the Sustainable Nut Initiative?
With joining the Sustainable Nut Initiative, we seek to tackle risks in our own supply chain while engaging with the other participants for joint action. By joining forces, we aspire to support the development of the entire nut industry towards sustainable practices.
What is the main challenge for Nutwork when you look at nuts and sustainability?
As a trading and importing company, we source our nuts from various origins – partly directly but also through traders. As a consequence, our traceability levels vary significantly and with this our visibility for social and environmental risks along the supply chain.
What can the Sustainable Nut Initiative bring to tackle this challenge?
While there are many measures that we can take ourselves, we believe that pre-competitive cooperation with industry partners will allow us to go even further. Acknowledging the existence of social and environmental risks is the first step. With the support of SNI, we are now taking the next step by further investigating the identified risks and by addressing them.
What do you expect from the Sustainable Nut Initiative?
We believe that SNI plays a crucial role in transforming the market and for enabling partnerships along the supply chain. In order to increase the leverage of SNI we encourage more companies to join SNI – independent from their position in the complex supply chains.
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