Sustainability & Transparency
From the start, the Truvía® brand was built upon a foundation of sustainability and transparency. These business drivers have led to the creation of a common bond across the brand, a way of thinking and working that continuously seeks out economic, environmental and social opportunities.
Our commitments fall into three areas: sharing in improving communities, stewarding natural resources and sourcing responsibility.
When Cargill envisioned a stevia business years ago, no commercial stevia supply chain of scale existed. The Truvía® team decided to build a world-class socially and environmentally responsible supply chain from the outset, and, in the process, to set the benchmark for responsible business practice in the stevia industry. This is how that supply chain looks today:
Core Values Guiding the Sustainable Supply Chain
Wherever Truvía® operates, the Truvía® enterprise treats all people and business partners with dignity and respect.
A system of self-assessments and third-party audits ensures that the supply chains that bring the product from field to table are managed with integrity and transparency.
The partnership Truvía® has with farmers in Argentina is for the long term, founded on shared objectives and values that link our future.
Together with the farmer cooperative, Truvía® has worked to create a pricing mechanism that is fair to all and balanced over time, reducing the volatility of earnings for the farmer while sharing the upside of success.
The Truvía® Sustainable Agriculture Standard
The stevia agricultural standard the Truvía® business developed is a first for stevia and has set the bar for responsibility across the industry. It is applicable to small-scale farms globally and aims to minimize environmental impact, ensure the health and safety of the producer, align with food safety and traceability requirements, and promote continuous improvement.
The Truvía® stevia standard consists of 135 control criteria in 13 categories:
- Record keeping and internal self-assessment
- Farm history and management
- Worker health, safety and welfare
- Waste and pollution management, recycling and reuse
- Environment and conservation
- Plant propagation material
- Soil and substrate management
- Fertilizer use
- Integrated pest management
- Plant protection products
The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange
Truvía® manufacturing facilities are members of Sedex (The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.
Sedex allows members to store, share and report information in four key areas: labor standards, health and safety, environment and business integrity. By joining Sedex, information is shared on all business practices through both self-assessments and third-party audits.
In the interest of transparency, the Truvía® business chooses to share such information, allowing members to review the data to seek out possible improvements.