The report details San Antonio-based NatureSweet’s compensation practices, safety results, water usage and growing, energy and disposable waste practices, according to a company news release.
The report is a benchmark to help NatureSweet better manage and more efficiently utilize the resources needed to grow tomatoes year-round, Bryant Ambelang, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release.
“The question I am most asked is, ‘What does sustainability mean?’” Ambelang said. “For me, it’s best defined by my grandmother’s two favorite phrases: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ and ‘Don’t waste stuff!’ Making a positive impact on our community is our commitment. Our sustainability report is organized to measure our performance as a neighbor and as a steward of our planet’s resources.”
Among the highlights of the latest report include improved health and safety standards for NatureSweet’s employees; a continued increase employee tenure; the creation of environmental protection committees; and maintained water use efficiencies while increasing production.
In 2013, the average net wages for NatureSweet employees rose 14% from 2012, according to the report.