Environmental Policy

Özgür Tarım understands sustainability as an opportunity to balance economical, ecological and social issues, in order to achieve and guarantee long-term lasting success. Maintaining long-term sustainable natural resources and food safety are key drivers for Özgür Tarım.

As a food company, Özgür Tarım is dependent on the earth for the raw materials we use every day to make our products. We are changing the way we do business to become more sustainable. Given the size and complexity of the issues, we’re partnering with others—peer companies, governments, NGOs, farmers and suppliers—to find innovative, scalable solutions.

The philosophy of environmental sustainability along with natural and biological cultivation methods and the reintroduction of ancient local traditions, contribute to the safeguard and enhancement of viticultural biodiversity at a territorial level along with the achievement of excellent grape quality.

For Özgür Tarım, sustainability starts at the farm. Sustainable agriculture promotes the long-term viability of crops, the preservation of fertile soil, the economic well-being of farmers and farming communities, and the health of ecosystems. As one of the Turkey’s largest buyers of sultanas raw materials for processing, we can influence the future of those crops and the communities that grow them.

Our environmental policy

Özgür Tarım is constantly working to improve the performance in energy efficiency and environmental impact of its activities, at the same time giving careful consideration to product safety requirements and competitiveness. Our attention to these issues is demonstrated, above all, by our ongoing efforts to raise our associates awareness about managing the production processes with maximum energy efficiency, this includes the design specifications of our system, which are always set to attain the highest standards of energy efficiency.

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging by adopting a strategy in the packaging development and design stages that aims to optimise the main variables that influence the eco-sustainability profile of materials:

Renewability: reintegration of resources used in the production cycle; use of materials obtained from renewable sources, where possible.

Recyclability: development of new materials that are biodegradable and/or can be easily reintegrated into the production cycle. Replacement, where technically possible, of composite or coupled materials with simple materials that come from the same sources. Reduction: downsizing of materials, reduction and/or elimination of over packaging when not justified by technical and/or qualitative reasons.

Reuse: development of packaging solutions that can have other functional uses or be reabsorbed as such into the production cycle, thus extending the average life of the item.

We monitor for continual improvement in environmental policy results throughout the entire procurement chain from the production and purchasing of raw materials, to manufacturing processes, packaging, distribution and then consumption.