British professional services provider Deloitte has expanded its collaboration with nutrition, health, and beauty products provider DSM-Firmenich to enable a more sustainable food system.

The collaboration is a part of Deloitte’s efforts to create new climate and nature-positive solutions, implement future-proof strategies, and promote transparency across the food system.

It centres around DSM-Firmenich’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform Sustell, which calculates the environmental impact of animal protein production at scale.

Sustell uses data directly from the feed and farm sectors within an organisation’s value chain.

The production of sustainable eggs, meat, milk and seafood requires a means to accurately calculate the environmental impact, based on the primary data from the field.

The assessment also serves as a baseline from which improvements can be measured.

Sustell helps organisations in reducing their farm animal-related environmental footprint by identifying impact hotspots and introducing intervention modelling across various scenarios.

DSM-Firmenich animal nutrition and health sustainability and business solutions vice president David Nickell said: “Sustell’s approach makes precise, tailored environmental accountability the new normal across the animal farming industry.

“It is the standard that can help open the door to commercial opportunities by driving customer demand, enabling grants and preferential development finance, opening new income streams through carbon credits and data royalties, and lowering environmental impact.

“Our critical, on-the-ground insights on animal feed and farming, coupled with Deloitte’s global leadership and cross-sector knowledge, will help unlock the missing ingredients needed to create a greener food ecosystem for everybody.”

Under the collaboration, Deloitte will help expand the Sustell platform’s reach and improve information flow from consumer goods providers, feed producers, farmers, and integrators.

The company will help the businesses using Sustell by advising them on operating the platform, applying insights, and preparing environmental, social and governance reporting.

The collaboration will help bridge silos in the value chain by quickly connecting players to help create and protect value and achieve meaningful sustainability improvements, said Deloitte.

Furthermore, the British company suggests a cooperative approach between the food and the energy industries, to further transform the food system and reduce its climate impacts.

Deloitte Netherlands consulting partner Jorg Schalekamp said: “This collaboration will help leaders in the agricultural sector access the precise, real-time data and insights that they need to embed sustainability considerations into their operations, contributing to a virtuous cycle that can drive both a profitable agriculture sector and a more sustainable global food system.”

Deloitte global future of food leader Randy Jagt said: “Collaboration across sectors and geographies is instrumental to achieving net-zero goals and reimagining our food value chain is no exception.

“Our expanded relationship with Sustell is one of many cross-industry collaborations that can help transform our food system. Deloitte is committed to supporting and accelerating the food systems transformation.”