Ethical business practices

Operating ethically, legally and transparently are fundamental to maintaining strong relationships over time with all those connected to our business.

Netafim's Code of Ethics includes the principles and foundations for conducting ethical behavior to which we are committed and serves as a basis for what defines us as a company and to what we are striving to achieve.

The Code of Ethics reflects our vision and values. It also includes other values – fairness, responsibility, integrity and uncompromised commitment to quality.  These have been part of the Netafim DNA since our establishment and represent another layer of our across-the-board obligation to adhere to the rules and regulations in all countries and communities in which we operate.

Each of us is expected to behave properly and morally based on our company values and subject to our Code of Ethics. At the same time, we must adhere to the rules, company procedures and law when interacting with colleagues, customers, suppliers, partners, shareholders, and other company stakeholders.

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Lean supply chain

Reducing our direct environmental impacts and contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

Our strategic goal is to reduce our direct environmental impacts and contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

We aim for proactive, sustained improvement in our environmental performance so that we can minimize the impact of our operations on the planet. Overall, we know that Netafim contributes to environmental stewardship and climate change mitigation very significantly through the solutions we provide for our customers. Our drip irrigation systems positively impact the environment in many ways, including optimization of arable land use, reduction of energy consumption, GHG emissions, and soil and water contamination, water conservation, and lower agrochemical consumption. Helping farmers Grow More with LessTM is our core contribution to achieving many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The small amount of energy and water we consume and the emissions we generate to produce and deliver our solutions are minuscule in comparison to these global benefits. Nonetheless, as a responsible business, we exercise strict controls over our resource consumption and aim to reduce the environmental impacts we create through the considered use of energy, water, and minimizing or recycling waste.

reduced by 26%

reduced by 26%

Since 2013, we have reduced our global greenhouse emissions gas per ton of raw materials by 26%

+15%

+15%

In 2019, we achieved a record waste recycling rate of +15%

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Employee engagement

Developing our employees, improving their wellbeing, and engaging them in our sustainability goals and ethical approach

Our strategic goal is to develop our employees, improve their wellbeing, and engage them in our sustainability goals and ethical approach. 

Employee engagement highlights in 2019:

  • ~4,000 employees trained
  • 14 average training hours per employee
  • 2,500 employees used our iLearn platform
  • 30 online webinars
  • 3,732 employees received performance reviews
  • 25% of our employees are “active users”, 40% are using the app (smartphone/iPad). The average daily activity is carried out by 600 employees
 4,000 training hours

4,000 training hours

In 2018-2019 4,000 training hours for employees

 30 webinars

30 webinars

800 employees participated in 30 webinars

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Protecting the environment

Focusing product development priorities to help farmers Grow More with LessTM, thereby helping them to achieve long-term global goals of food security and climate change mitigation.

Our environmental policy starts with our supply process. We always take an eco-friendly approach to product design, use minimal resources in all manufacturing and supply chain operations, reuse and recycle, and responsibly manage waste.

To do this, we document and address all environmental impacts at every stage of the supply process, while also complying with all environmental legislation and regulations wherever we operate. Additionally, we have Environment Supervisors at all our manufacturing plants, making sure we’re always implementing our environmental policy. We also deliver training programs to our people at all levels, so they are fully aware of our policy and are actively working towards it. Plus, we set goals, targets, and timetables to help monitor, control, and optimize our environmental performance.

Our key environmental practices include: 

  • Adherence to ISO Standard 14001 at key factories, with regular external audits and verifications
  • Environmental Impact Assessments on all Netafim products, focused on the effects of water, chemical and power consumption during manufacture and use
  • Environmental Risk Assessments on the environmental impact of our production operations, from conservation and rehabilitation to waste management and pollution prevention

Product development for climate change

Our strategic goal is to focus product development priorities on smart irrigation solutions for crops that have the biggest impact on climate change.

At Netafim, all our product development is designed to help farmers grow more with less, thereby helping achieve long-term global goals of food security and climate change mitigation. Drip irrigation has a very positive impact on greenhouse gas reduction in several ways:

  • Reducing soil erosion and fertigation reduces contamination of the soil and groundwater with nitrates.
  • Increasing yields and enhancing productivity per unit of soil and water. 
  • Offering land-use alternatives such as raised cultivation beds, reducing the need for arable land and preventing deforestation
  • Combating desertification by making irrigation available in areas of low or no rainfall.
  • Reducing the release of gases to the air caused by the overuse of fertilizers.

Recycling drip lines in California
In 2019, we vastly expanded our recycling facilities in California to accommodate the return of higher volumes of used drip lines from customers around the region. This was a response to the need of local farmers, who were pleased to gain the benefit of a single-season thin-wall dripline (our new Streamline X ReGen) for optimum performance and reduced labor and maintenance costs, but also required a system for recycling used driplines. 

recycled 25,300 tons

recycled 25,300 tons

Since 2010, we have recycled more than 25,300 metric tons of used plastic drip lines from more than 3,672 end-users.

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Supporting the communities

In which we live and work, engaging in community projects and initiatives around the world and promoting women empowerment.

We support the communities in which we live and work, engaging in community projects and initiatives around the world.

We provide monetary donations and equipment to support local community causes in different countries and collaborate with community partners to make a positive impact in our communities. 

We mostly focus on activities that reflect our core skills, utilizing the knowledge and experience of our employees to advance sustainability and agriculture education, construct community gardens, and promote industry and technology for young people. 

We maintain ongoing programs in several countries, such as our Learn2Live program in South Africa which in 2018-2019 involved 40 preschools in the installation of drip irrigation for small vegetable gardens, in the U.S., where we collaborate with Common Vision to plant fruit trees at schools in California and Nevada.

supported 6,500 students

supported 6,500 students

In 2019, Netafim India supported 6,500 students at 41 schools with the distribution of books, meetings with the schoolchildren, and several other activities.

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Women’s empowerment

The most effective way to solve poverty is already widely known – the empowerment of women. Women represent almost half of the global agricultural workforce – yet they produce far less food than men.

This needs to change.

To encourage the adoption of new technologies among women growers, we are sharing as much knowledge as we can and we are bringing the power of precision irrigation to them, so they can gain more control over their household’s income and over their own lives.

In Israel, Netafim supports the Desert Stars youth project that empowers Bedouin female leaders and improves lives in their community in the Negev desert.

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