Corporate Environmental Responsibility



Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy 2020-2030

The FAO has launched its new Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy for the next decade. The new strategy outlines a series of objectives, all working towards an ambitious target of a 45 percent reduction in emissions associated with FAO facilities and operations.

Find out more on our dedicated Strategy 2020-2030 webpage!



Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy 2017-2020

As part of the 2030 Agenda and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, with this Strategy FAO is committing to:

  1. Continue monitoring the environmental impact of its functional operations;
  2. Improve its ecological performance by reducing GHG emissions by 5.4% (compared to 2015) both at HQ and in Decentralized Offices and continue offsetting the remaining unavoidable emissions;
  3. Embrace the circular economy principles in procurement and waste management;
  4. Develop Environmental Management Systems for key Decentralized Offices.

Agricultural sectors are inherently dependent on climate and consequently may be negatively affected by climate change. FAO therefore dedicates a significant amount of resources towards agricultural development in areas that are often most vulnerable to climate change. By increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary negative impacts on the environment, the Organization increases the success towards achieving its five Strategic Objectives established in 2013.

In line with the Corporate Environmental Responsibility Policy, as well as the wider UN Sustainability Strategy, FAO seeks to constantly enhance the sustainability portfolios of it's offices and facilities worldwide. This 2020 Report collects and presents data for key sustainability parameters in both FAO Headquarters (HQ) and in Decentralized Offices (DOs) for the year 2019. It further showcases a range of best practice examples throughout the Organization, to show how sustainability considerations have manifested themselves in FAO operations.