Fresh Del Monte moves toward 2030 sustainability goals
As Fresh Del Monte shifts toward becoming an agritech business, it has implemented notable technology solutions and innovative practices across its organization to become more efficient and sustainable.
The vertically integrated producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables reported for the first time in alignment with the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) within Agricultural Products for the food and beverage industry and reports in reference to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), including mapping to the sector standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing.
Fresh Del Monte continues to make progress toward its goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030, with 95% of its food waste diverted from landfill and its overall food waste reduced by 13% last year. Significant strides have also been made since the company’s targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, including the reduction of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 22% compared with its 2019 baseline, only 5.5 percentage points shy of their 2030 goal.
“Our strengths lie in creating sustainability programs with a holistic approach to conserve the full ecosystem, which is vital for both the success of our business and the planet,” said Hans Sauter, chief sustainability office, senior VP, R&D and Agricultural Services. “As our efforts continue to evolve, we are proud of the transformative steps taken, including our commitment to the Science Based Target initiative, to continue making a positive impact on our society, communities and the environment. A lot remains to be done, and that is why we are partnering with other organizations and calling on our vendors and customers to join us in transforming our food system.”
Fresh Del Monte has also shared its sustainability advancements at the biggest sustainability events in the world including the World Biodiversity Summit, which occurred alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP26 and New York City Climate Week in 2021 and 2022. Additionally, the company won the Environmental Initiatives category in the 2021 SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Business Sustainability Awards for its approach to farming while conserving biodiversity.
Looking toward the future, Fresh Del Monte will continue its journey to create sustainability programs to conserve biodiversity, reduce its impact on climate change, and partner with communities around the world to achieve A Brighter World Tomorrow.
The full sustainability report can be found at https://freshdelmonte.com/sustainability-reports/.