Targets reductions of 15 percent in fresh water usage and 30 percent in carbon emissions by 2020
Submitted by: Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
Posted: Aug 29, 2013 – 04:30 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 29 /CSRwire/ - Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) today announced the publication of its 2009-2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Our Renewed Purpose, which details Chiquita’s environmental and sustainability initiatives, community activities, culture and training initiatives and quality and food safety programs. In addition, the report highlights Chiquita’s collaborations and partnerships, including 20 years of sustained work with the Rainforest Alliance.
The multimedia report details four key areas of priority for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives: sustainability with a 2020 target of reducing fresh water usage 15 percent and carbon emissions 30 percent from a 2007 baseline, responsible sourcing, employee training programs, and collaboration with external stakeholders. Through these program areas, Chiquita strives to create positive change in the communities in which it does business and to develop its workforce.
“Investing in our communities with creativity through environmental initiatives, employee volunteerism and partnerships is at the core of our purpose and values,” said Ed Lonergan, Chiquita’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our team members have innovated, developed and embraced a multitude of partnerships, collaborations and local initiatives that have empowered local communities and delivered meaningful improvements to our company. We are proud to provide this report on our progress, as well as to outline the areas where we have more work to achieve in the years ahead.”
Highlights from the report include:
“Looking back on our initiatives, achieving Rainforest Alliance certification was a turning point that not only transformed our farms and production practices but also planted a seed of environmental and social responsibility in the minds of thousands of men and women working in banana production,” added Manuel Rodríguez, Chiquita’s Senior Vice President for Governmental & International Affairs and Corporate Responsibility Officer. “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.”
ABOUT CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Chicquita Brands (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of nutritious, high-quality fresh and value-added food products – from energy-rich bananas, blends of convenient green salads, other fruits to healthy snacking products. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs approximately 20,000 people and has operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.chiquita.com.