The ReMI list of material topics aims to provide action areas and targets to achieve ambitious progress in the pork supply chain. It aligns with overall global sustainability targets such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Based on a literature review, stakeholder input and existing frameworks, we have derived the main aspects for a responsible pork value chain. We took the following considerations into account in its compilation: 

Responsible production encompasses scientific and value-based thinking. The initiative strives to find a meaningful mix between environmental and economic efficiency, and social and welfare considerations. Where there are trade-offs between these categories, such as animal welfare and resource use, they must be transparent and drive innovative collaborative solutions– globally and in specific local contexts. 

Pork production impacts the achieving of the SDGs and pushes planetary boundaries. Better defining and acknowledging the impacts, such as on biodiversity, nitrogen, land-use, human health and animal welfare, will be an important step in achieving these high-level objectives for the planet.  

• Pre-competitive cooperation is the primary focus of action to stimulate better production practices.

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ReMI Material topics

ReMI defines eleven material topics. This content aims to describe these topics and potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry. Material topics relate differently to each actor in the value chain (e.g. farmers and processing companies).

GHG emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3)

Circular economy

Land use & biodiversity loss

Water use and discharge

Nitrogen & phosphorous (including manure management)

Value distribution and rural communities

Worker welfare (including health and safety)

Demand for responsibly produced pork

Animal nutrition

Antimicrobial interventions and animal health

Animal welfare

Note on human nutrition-

Consumption of animal products must play a role in alleviating malnutrition, however, as with any food product, must be consumed as part of a balanced diet.

There are a number of production practices that can improve health impacts– including ensuring an excellent standard of food safety, low residual values of any pharmaceutical compounds used in production, and the feed material used in pig farming.

However, due to the lack of control of value chain businesses in how products are consumed as part of a broader diet, this topic has been excluded as a material topic in ReMI. It nevertheless remains of critical importance in both more developed and in low- and middle-income countries.