As Africa’s largest sugar producer, with agricultural and manufacturing operations in six African countries, Illovo remains conscious of its strong interdependence with, and strives to make a meaningful contribution to, the communities and natural environments in the regions in which it operates.
The cultivation of sugar cane brings with it risks of negative environmental impacts, including pressure on potentially scarce water resources and the risk of damage to land quality and biodiversity through over-use of fertilisers and pesticides. The company subscribes to the principles of sustainable development, and through its business strategies, aims to ensure that sound, sustainable practices are developed and maintained across the group.
Illovo’s direct environmental impacts are primarily associated with our agricultural and manufacturing operations. As the largest sugar producer in Africa, Illovo has a substantial agricultural footprint. It uses intensive manufacturing processes that consume water, generate solid waste and result in emissions to air and discharges to water bodies.
Our environmental sustainability reporting, guided by the GRI, is structured to reflect the inputs, outputs and modes of impact the organisation has on the environment. Materials, energy and water represent three standard types of inputs used by all of our operations. These inputs result in outputs of environmental significance, which are captured under the parameters of emissions, effluent and waste. Land and biodiversity are also related to the concepts of inputs to the extent that they can be viewed as a natural resource.