Fresh Del Monte Produce Receives Green and Environmental Stewardship Award
- by Chandler James
CORAL GABLES, FL - Both sustainability and social awareness have been ever-increasing subjects on the minds of consumers as they reach for products on the shelves. They can now rest assured that Fresh Del Monte Produce is doing its part as it has been awarded first place in the Green and Environmental Stewardship category at PR Daily’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The honor has been bestowed upon Fresh Del Monte following the brand's recent commitment to sustainability across all of its operations.
“Now, more than ever, it is important for companies to become a force of good in the world,” said Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer. “Sustainability is one of our key pillars and is deeply embedded in our company DNA. We are thrilled to have our efforts recognized by PR Daily and will continue to work arduously in achieving our sustainability objectives and communicate them accordingly.”
The award from PR Daily is highly respected and recognizes global companies that have been the most successful with their impacts regarding CSR campaigns. According to a press release, Fresh Del Monte has been presented with the award due to its achievements with carbon neutrality within its tropical farms.
Fresh Del Monte currently owns and conserves 9,400 hectares of forest in Costa Rica where it houses its pineapple and banana operations. The land where the crops are grown is home to a diverse variety of animals and plants, some of which are endangered and under the protection of the company. Due to the sensitivity of the life that inhabits the land, Fresh Del Monte has worked hard to achieve carbon neutrality, and in 2019 was formally recognized by SCS Global Services for achieving that goal.
Since its recognition in 2019, Fresh Del Monte has continued to work toward creating a more sustainable future for the company. It has announced that it plans to achieve carbon neutral farms across all of its global operations as well as continue reforestation of the areas in which it operates.
Fresh Del Monte currently works with local communities to host tree-planting programs that educate those who attend about the importance of achieving a carbon neutral world and how they can work together to achieve that goal. To date, the company has planted over 700,000 native trees in local communities in the course of three years and is looking to reach 2.5 million by 2025.
Congratulations are in order for Fresh Del Monte as it has achieved such an outstanding goal. We look forward to seeing the future success of these important programs as the company continues to set the bar higher.