Dear friends and colleagues,
As we head into a promising and hopeful 2017, we would like to wish you all a wonderful year ahead, with good health, happiness and prosperity for you, your families and your communities.
In 2016, we celebrated many successes advancing drip irrigation and its contribution to sustainable development.
Naty Barak, our Chief Sustainability Officer, who plays an active role in an ISO committee to develop new standards for the reuse of wastewater, was interviewed for a video clip about ISO standards. Standards are critical to ensure consistent quality and accessibility of new technologies. At Netafim, in 2016 we delivered innovative products and solutions for our diverse customers, including advancing sustainability in the desert.
We also published our Sustainability Report, showcasing the difference drip makes in many countries and including an update against our Sustainability Strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). We continued our support for the advancement of the SDGs in meetings at the UN, including ongoing participation in the UN Global Compact LEAD working group.
As in previous years, Netafim experts were active participants in summits and meetings to advance sustainable development, such as the California Water Stewardship Leader’s Summit, The 7th Ambassadors’ Roundtable on Water Innovation in cooperation with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) in London, and the PEI PRI Responsible Investment Forum 2016, where Naty Barak presented the practical aspects of ESG Value creation with our shareowner Permira.
We were delighted to host many visitors to our operations at Kibbutz Hatzerim and Kibbutz Magal in Israel, including Ministers of Agriculture from several countries, senior visitors from USAID, Solidaridad and the Agricultural Development Bank of China, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, authors, bloggers, managers of large food corporations and more.
In closing, we’d like to thank you for your friendship and collaboration in 2016 and ask you to join us in wishing for a peaceful, prosperous world in 2017 – one in which we can, together, advance a more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren.
Happy New Year!
All the team at Netafim