Our Progress

We set ambitious, yet achievable goals to make a true impact on our planet.

Our key achievements in 2020

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First to partner with Science Based Targets

Became the first global marketer of fruits and vegetables to commit to a partnership with the Science Based Targets Initiative.

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Six new fuel efficient-vessels

Purchased six new fuel-efficient vessels which will have a major impact on lowering our carbon emissions.

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Disease-resistant bananas

Launched a multimillion-dollar research partnership with Queensland University of Technology in Australia to develop disease-resistant bananas in response to TR4, a serious global disease that is threatening the future of bananas.

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90% of our global food waste was diverted from landfills

Ninety percent of our global food waste (including unsold product) was diverted from landfills in 2020, with a quarter of that amount going to feed hungry people.

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Restoration of the Quiriguá archaeological park

We helped to safeguard and restore the Quiriguá archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the impacts of Hurricanes Eta and Iota and were recognized by the Guatemala Ministry of Culture.

Tracking our progress

Responsible Sourcing
Achieve by 2025
Achieve 100% of global product volume certified as sustainably grown by a third party
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Progress as of 2020
15 Life on Land
Sustainable Development Goals
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12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goals
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Community Investment
Achieve by 2025
Support 300 local sustainability programs that create measurable and lasting change
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Progress as of 2020
3 Good Health and Well-being
Sustainable Development Goals
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4 Quality Education
Sustainable Development Goals
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6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2025
Provide educational opportunities to 20,000 students and adult learners
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Progress as of 2020
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable Development Goals
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15 Life on Land
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2025
Pending validation from SBTi
Contribute to a green economic recovery to COVID-19 in our neighboring communities by implementing an activity to improve local sustainable economic development in at least one of the communities affected by COVID-19 in Latin America
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
1 No Poverty
Sustainable Development Goals
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7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Sustainable Development Goals
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8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainable Development Goals
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Wellbeing of Workers & Employees
Achieve by 2025
Improve employee satisfaction scores to ensure all team members feel cared for, respected, inspired, motivated, empowered, valued, and rewarded for their contributions compared to a 2020 baseline
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
3 Good Health and Well-being
Sustainable Development Goals
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5 Gender Equality
Sustainable Development Goals
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10 Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Development Goals
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Climate Action

Achieve by 2030

Reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions in alignment with the Science Based Targets initiative :

  • Reduce our Scope 1 + 2 emissions by 27.5% compared to 2019 levels
  • Reduce our Scope 3 Emissions by 12.3% compared to 2020 levels
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Progress as of 2020
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Sustainable Development Goals
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12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goals
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13 Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2025
Reduce our absolute Scope 1 CO2e emissions from vessel shipping by 10% compared to 2019 levels
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Progress as of 2020
Achieve by 2025
Plant and/or donate 2,500,000 trees
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Progress as of 2020
Responsible and Regenerative Farming

Achieve by 2030

Implement regenerative and soil health management practices in 100% of owned and associate2 growers’ farms
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goals
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13 Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goals
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15 Life on Land
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2025
Monitor 100% of protected areas annually by conducting an inventory of species in each of our reserves
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Progress as of 2020
Water Stewardship

Achieve by 2030

Achieve at least 10% improvement in Water Use Efficiency (kg of product / hectare grown / mm of water) in our owned farming operations compared to 2020 baseline
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Sustainable Development Goals
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14 Life Below Water
Sustainable Development Goals
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15 Life on Land
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2030
Achieve at least 80% of associate growers implementing water use efficiency practices in their operations
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
Sustainable Packaging
Achieve by 2025 & 2030
Reduce the environmental impact of our packaging materials by increasing the use of recycled content, increasing the use of reusable containers, and continued optimization of design to eliminate or replace unnecessary and problematic packaging materials
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goals
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13 Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goals
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Achieve by 2026
From 2020 Baseline
Double the amount of recycled content in our most highly consumed secondary packaging by 2026
New Goal
Progress as of 2020

Achieve by 2025

From 2020 Baseline
Reduce virgin plastic usage by 25% on consumer packaging we purchase by 2025
New Goal
Progress as of 2020

Achieve by 2027

From 2020 Baseline
Double the amount of Returnable Plastic Crates (RPCs) used by the company by 2027
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
Achieve by 2060
From 2020 Baseline

In addition to currently sourcing responsibly sourced paper, we will ensure that at least 65% of the boxes we source worldwide are certified for responsible sourcing (FSC, PEFC, or SFI) by 2023

New Goal
Progress as of 2020
Food Waste

Achieve by 2030

Reduce our food loss and organic waste sent to landfill by 50% compared to our 2020 baseline
New Goal
Progress as of 2020
2 Zero Hunger
Sustainable Development Goals
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12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goals
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13 Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goals
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Read more about our sustainability efforts

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Learn more about our comprehensive approach to creating sustainable practices and how it permeates our entire organization.