Netafim ESG case study

At exit, Netafim was a global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions for sustainable agriculture and other applications. Its solutions were used in over 100 countries.

Backing the world’s leader in drip irrigation:

  • Leading technology and market positions
  • Sales in 100+ countries, with expansion in China
  • Addressing global challenges around water scarcity, food security, agricultural productivity
  • Partnership with Kibbutz investors

ESG highlights:

  • Netafim drip irrigation products support farmers to achieve up to 50% increase in crop yields and 40% decrease in water consumption
  • Permira supported a transition to “Fit for Growth” Governance standards and procedures (for example, updating Business Conduct policies and reporting and implementing new roles including Legal Counsel, Audit Committee and strong independent board members)
  • A new “2020 Sustainability Strategy” has been implemented to help customers achieve sustainable productivity while reducing their environmental impact
  • By the end of 2015, more than US$25m in loans have been extended to around 13,000 farmers covering over 15,000 hectares of land in India through Netafim’s New Agricultural Financing Agency, which endeavours to reach out to smallholder farmers with easy and efficient financial solutions either directly or through stakeholders in the value chain
  • In 2015 Netafim, a UN Global Compact LEAD member, committed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals with drip irrigation playing a key role in improved food security, enhanced livelihoods, empowerment of women and conservation of water
  • In 2013, Netafim was winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA), one of the world’s most important water industry awards which recognises improved performance in production processes, products and management, and innovative approaches in water and wastewater technologies

* Savings can c. 50% increase in crop yields and up to c. 40% decrease in water consumption

The metrics


Increase in crop yields*


Decrease in water consumption*