Fresh Del Monte Produce Announces Sustainability Programs Receive Recognition; Hans Sauter Comments
MIAMI, FL - Taking immense steps forward in 2021 to expand its sustainability goals, Fresh Del Monte Produce has announced a strong close to the year for its programs. Recently, the fresh purveyor revealed that it received high marks across several categories from the CDP, an international non-profit organization focused on environmental impact. Fresh Del Monte also won the Environmental Initiative category in the 2021 SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement, and Leadership) Business Sustainability Awards for its farming approach.
“We’re proud to be closing out 2021 on a strong note, receiving recognition for our environmental stewardship on multiple levels,” said Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “We remain dedicated to showcasing our progress transparently, and although we know there is still more to be done, we look forward to an even better year ahead as we improve our sustainability efforts alongside other companies that are leading the movement to achieve a more resilient and sustainable agricultural industry.”
In addition to its CDP rankings and SEAL Business Sustainability Award, Fresh Del Monte was also selected as a finalist for Rabobank’s 2021 Leadership in Sustainability award. According to a press release, the award recognizes a high-impact organization that has achieved unique steps toward business, environmental, social, and governance sustainability. Rabobank’s annual Leadership Awards honor trailblazing companies across food and agriculture in North America that have shown immense progress in innovation, sustainability, and leadership.
These are only a few of Fresh Del Monte’s accomplishments when it comes to protecting the planet and natural resources. In 2020, the company was one of the first global marketers of fruits and vegetables to commit to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI). The company also recently announced its emissions reductions targets were approved by the initiative as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
As Fresh Del Monte strives to be part of a new food system that features agricultural production and biodiversity working together, the company continues to conserve and restore forests and wild areas to protect biodiversity while uplifting communities. Protecting wildlife and their habitats has also been a priority, with the company working to plant and donate 2.5 million trees by 2025 while also having 100 percent of its protected areas monitored on an annual basis through species inventories.
Congratulations to Fresh Del Monte on these crucial achievements!