Santa Paula, California-based Calavo Growers has released its 2021 Sustainability Report: “The Calavo Way,” highlighting the company’s commitment and progress on environmental, social and governance initiatives.
“Over the last few years, teams across Calavo have worked to launch, improve and align sustainability activities to meet evolving customer, investor and internal expectations,” said Brian Kocher, CEO of Calavo Growers.
“The Calavo Way emphasizes that sustainability is embedded into all our decision-making processes, whether they occur within our own facilities or extend to our partners. It is gratifying to see the progress we have made and to know that more is yet to come.”
Recent achievements highlighted in its fourth annual sustainability report include:
- Hired a new corporate officer with a formal responsibility for ESG;
- Enhanced ESG data management systems;
- Replaced propane forklift fleet with electric models;
- Installed LED lighting upgrades at all value-added distributor facilities;
- Participated in local energy demand response programs;
- Recycled 49,380 tons of materials formerly sent to landfill;
- Increased starting wages in its Mexican Operations to be at least 49 percent higher than minimum wage;
- Integrated sustainability and financial reporting meeting new stakeholder requirements; and
- Initiated a strategic review of ESG programs to develop vision for next 10 years.
The 2021 report is prepared according to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s best practices for corporate sustainability reporting. It builds on an established sustainability framework and introduces Calavo’s five core values – quality, innovation, respect, drive and stewardship.
Calavo Growers is a global leader in quality produce, including avocados, tomatoes and papayas. Its products are sold under the Calavo brand name, proprietary sub-brands, private label and store brands.
Founded in 1924, Calavo serves retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. Calavo has processing plants and packing facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico.