2013 has been a very special year for Netafim. We have advanced in our effort to increase awareness to drip irrigation among stakeholders, decision and policy makers and NGOs. This year more people who are concerned with sustainability, food security, agriculture and water stewardship learned about the advantages of drip irrigation.
Looking back 2013 we have had several achievements and exciting events that have made an impact on a global perspective. I feel that our hard work, emphasizing the benefits of drip irrigation, has gained recognition throughout the world.
Netafim Wins 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA)
The most exciting event of the year was becoming this year’s SIWA Laureate. SIWA is probably the world’s most important water industry award. This award, given each year to one company, was given to Netafim in recognition for our work around the globe.
With water and land scarcity topping the list of today’s major global challenges, we have been leveraging our expertise and experience in drip technology to ensure food security and achieve water sustainability. As the head of the SIWA committee said: “Netafim’s remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the world to ‘grow more with less‘, are directly contributing to a more water- and food-secure world.”
We are confident that this prestigious award will inspire us to continue to help reduce water usage and make the world a better, more sustainable place. Click here to watch the recording of the ceremony.
Netafim Publishes its First Ever Sustainability Report
This year Netafim has published its first Sustainability Report covering our sustainability performance in 2011, written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.
In this first report, we:
- Introduced Netafim, our company history, vision, goals, corporate governance, and the role we play in society and sustainable development.
- Identified the stakeholder groups that we engage with and what’s most important to them in terms of Netafim’s impacts.
- Discussed the issue of water scarcity and the role we play in increasing access to water through our drip irrigation and crop management technology, with many examples of changing lives throughout the world.
- Discussed the benefits of urban landscaping and gave examples from Asia, where this technology is being used to advance low-carbon city-living.
- Disclosed our performance as a responsible employer, as an expert source of support for our customers, our R&D developments at the cutting edge of new irrigation technologies, and our impact on the environment.
We demonstrated our work through some of our success stories around the world. To download the report, click here.
As we believe that transparency is essential for sustainable productivity and growth, we intend to publish a full Sustainability Report every two years.
Netafim Joins “Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation” Project
We were accepted to USAID’s “Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation” project. We will use the grant to expand our Family Drip System (FDS™), a gravity-based drip irrigation system which was specially developed for smallholders in developing countries, to help farmers in Kenya produce more food.
Netafim Joins World Economic Forum Global Growth Companies
We feel honored to have been accepted as one of the World Economic Forum Global Growth Companies, thanks to our meeting the following criteria:
- Growth: Demonstrated track record of above average, sustainable growth in the past three to five years.
- Impact: Major influence in agriculture, food, and water industries.
- Leadership: Top executive team has demonstrated visionary leadership.
- Global corporate citizenship: Proven commitment to positively influencing the societies and regions in which we operate.
Our Outlook for 2014
In 2014, we are hoping to continue to strengthen the global adoption of drip irrigation. To do this, we have to work together with all levels of stakeholders, governments, international organizations, and more. We are hoping to continue our work with farmers in developing countries and around the world as they are the key to feeding the world.