Agricultural Sustainability & Food Systems

Agribusiness & Food Systems Consulting

The State of Food Systems

Agriculture and food production have suffered a pandemic-induced shock in 2020 that threatened global food security. On the demand side, shifts in consumer purchasing habits have placed increasing pressures on the hospitality and retailer sectors ‘just in time’ supply chains and logistics.

On the supply side, excessive labour shortages have continued to impact farmers and manufacturers’ ability to maintain productivity to provide healthy, nutritious food to the world’s growing population whilst reducing waste. Not to mention that agriculture alone accounts for 11% of the world’s GHG footprint and 85% of global freshwater consumption. Organisations in the food and agricultural sustainability space have a role to play in preventing a 2 degree global warming scenario among other social and environmental issues.

Where there are challenges there are also opportunities.  

To build a more resilient food system organisations within agriculture, food manufacturing and retail must work to develop new technology-enabled mechanisms to:

  • Revalue and regenerate agriculture – supporting water resilience, soil health, reforestation, biodiversity and farmers livelihoods
  • Rebuild resilient supply chains
  • Incentivise the adoption of creative and transformative solutions in food production

Our Expertise

Our global team of sustainable agri-food experts works with clients across the entire value chain to build sustainable agriculture and food production solutions that have business value. From identifying risks and developing strategy to developing technology and tools, and engaging stakeholders, we help organisations throughout their entire sustainability journey.

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The Business Case for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Practices

Leaders in the agri-food space who have adopted responsible sourcing practices are benefiting from the improved security of raw material supply, value chain efficiencies, business growth and positive brand recognition.

Responsible sourcing catalysed by the digitisation of sustainable food 

Emerging technologies and innovation can help organisations transform the way they manage and mitigate sustainability risks in their food value chains:

  • Utilising science based sustainability metrics
  • Gathering sustainability data and benchmarking performance
  • Adopting novel agri-tech solutions to assess sustainability impacts
  • Collaborating on shared platforms that drive innovation and sector-wide progress
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We partnered with industry expert Anthesis to ensure we could meet the rigorous requirements of an SBTi-approved goal for Scope 3 emissions. With Anthesis’ guidance, we were able to footprint our current Scope 3 impact as well as model out all the underlying initiatives and activities that will help us achieve our 2030 target.


Former VP of Corporate Responsibility, Target

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Anthesis have been collaborating with Tesco for the last few years. Among a range of projects, Anthesis have supported and facilitated the Supplier Network Platform, which promotes communication and stimulates discussion and knowledge sharing between Tesco and our suppliers.

Carmen Chan
Senior Sustainability and Fabric Manager, Tesco

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Our best in class new tool enables us to make decisions quickly before product designs are locked in so we have confidence we’re going in the right direction. We’re spending much less time measuring and more time driving change.

Jennifer Duran
Global Head of Sustainable Innovation, Reckitt Benckiser

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“GoodBrand has been instrumental in helping to evolve our strategic sustainability thinking working with all stakeholders through the process and supporting our positive impact ambition.”

Jérôme Perez, Head of Sustainability, Nespresso

Driving Agri-Food Sustainability

Our Services

Anthesis provides agile analytics and research capabilities that deliver actionable, commercial foresight and insight. We deliver assessments for leadership & capabilities and materiality & future trends, alongside ESG screenings, hotspot analyses and agri-food impact assessments.

Anthesis provides evidence-based strategies, innovating, and tools to address challenges and unlock opportunities. We support clients in the delivery of responsible sourcing strategies, product innovation and eco-design, including circular economy, packaging, waste, recycling and resource efficiency management. Our agri-food solutions support clients in brand purpose positioning, as well as meeting Net Zero and SBT targets.

Anthesis also supports clients in the agri-food sector on topics of modern slavery and human rights, in addition to supporting decision support tools and software, risk scenario planning and insetting project development.

Anthesis provides pragmatic support and services to deliver on-the-ground impact, efficiently and effectively. We support the delivery of strategic roadmaps and program management for science-based frameworks and KPI measurement, alongside training and decision support tools and agri-food technologies.

Tools to Support the Agri-Food Sector

Cool Farm Tool – an online greenhouse gas calculator that offers farmers worldwide a simple, free way to measure the environmental impact of their crops and livestock. It helps farmers to understand where their emissions hotspots are and assess different scenarios for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving their resource efficiency.

Tesco Supplier Network – available to over 10,000 suppliers worldwide. This Activator Hub connects suppliers to Tesco and to each other in order to promote stronger relationships and aid collaboration, spreading innovation and best practice across Tesco’s global supply chain.

Vastum – Anthesis’ digital waste tracking tool. The free-to-use system aims to digitally record all waste movements, tracking waste from the producer to its final destination and fate, so helping to reduce waste crime.

CleanCO2 – a carbon management tool that allows companies and events to calculate, offset and reduce their carbon footprint. It accompanies users throughout the process of neutralizing their company’s activities and greenhouse gas emissions, helping them to achieve carbon neutrality by investing in projects to reduce emissions, such as energy efficiency, renewable energies, and carbon sinks.

Tennaxia– Digital platform for companies to collect and manage extra-financial data.

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Activating Sustainability Podcast Episode 23: Net Zero Food Systems

Anthesis experts Simon Davis and Honor Cowen explore the rapidly evolving world of food systems, its impact on food, retail and textiles, as well as how the sector is aligning with Net Zero.

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