Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Charlotte, N.C., committed to sustainability and community improvement by publishing its 2009-12 corporate social responsibility report.
The report outlines the company’s environmental and sustainability initiatives, community activities, culture and training initiatives and food safety programs.
Chiquita prioritized four goals among its initiatives: a 2020 target of reducing fresh water usage 15% and carbon emissions 30% from a 2007 baseline, responsible sourcing, employee training programs, and collaboration with external stakeholders.
“Investing in our communities with creativity through environmental initiatives, employee volunteerism and partnerships is at the core of our purpose and values,” said president and chief executive officer Ed Lonergan.
Along with future goals, the report highlighted a long list of Chiquita achievements in social responsibility. From 2008 to 2012, the company has reduced health and safety incidents by 62% in Latin American facilities and 12% in North American facilities — 40% since 2002. They have maintained various partnerships with sustainability organizations including a 20-year collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance. Chiquita also has undertaken a carbon footprint analysis and a water risk assessment to identify areas they can reduce emissions.
“CSR and sustainability have become an integral part of our operations and a source of pride for our employees who make all that we do possible. Looking forward, we will report on our progress annually,” said Manuel Rodríguez, senior vice president for governmental and international affairs and corporate responsibility officer.