Posts From Chiquita

10 Year Anniversary of the “Nogal Project”

We started our work in our Nogal project 10 years ago, when Chiquita and the famous Swiss retailer Migros agreed to become partners in our first biodiversity partnership. This year we could look back on much fruitful collaboration: The German’s government’s GTZ (now GIZ) joined as new partners a year later, and so did the UK’s IPL in 2011. Neighbours and local farmers, the local and national Costa Rican authorities, NGOs

IUF / COLSIBA Agreement with Chiquita benefits women on banana farms

Women make an important contribution in Chiquita’s banana farming business. Approximately 2,800 women, equivalent to 16 percent of total employees, are employed in production operations in Latin America. In administrative and supervisory positions, the percentage is higher at 21 percent. In 2011, the company and trade unions formed the IUF/COLSIBA/Chiquita Women’s Committee, which seeks improvement for women working in the banana farms. Its main goal is to promote and reinforce

Our CSR Commitments – Overview

What once started with the Rainforest Alliance certification about 22 years ago, has evolved into a long-term commitment to a corporate sustainability and responsibility engagement, which over time resulted in a host of important memberships and certifications: Oversight & Compliance 1998 – CR Steering Committee 1999 – New Core Values 2000 – Expanded Code of Conduct 2000 – Corporate Responsibility Officer with Board Oversight 2001 – Code of Conduct Training

World Banana Forum and Global Social Compliance Programme

In 2009, Chiquita joined two organizations that support collaboration on sustainability and other global issues. The World Banana Forum (WBF) was launched to bring together a broad base of stakeholders concerned with banana production and trade. Chiquita also joined the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), which aims to develop a shared approach to social and environmental standards in the global supply chain. The World Banana Forum promotes the worldwide adoption of sustainable

Water Risk and Footprint Assessment with WWF

A study that provides important new insights and reinforces existing knowledge In 2012, jointly with WWF International, Chiquita developed a detailed Water Risk and Footprint Assessment of its main agricultural operations and activities, including Banana production in the Latin American Tropics There is a growing consensus within governments, businesses and the NGO community that freshwater scarcity and quality issues will dramatically increase in many parts of the world over the

A More Sustainable Container Fleet

Since 2009, we have engaged in a four-year major refrigerated container renewal program to replace 65 percent of our fleet. Refrigerated containers are key components in the logistics of today’s banana supply chain. Chiquita operates more than 10,000 40-foot containers. In recent years, there have been major improvements in the design and operating efficiency of reefer containers, with important environmental benefits: Reduced electric power consumption “Green” refrigerants Insulation materials with

Chiquita Receives REWE Group’s PRO PLANET Label

In 2011, the German retailer REWE Group awarded its PRO PLANET label to Chiquita, making it the first non-REWE Group brand to receive the label. This distinction is the result of Chiquita’s many years of dedication to sustaining Rainforest Alliance certification on its own farms and on producers’ farms in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia. Chiquita’s SA8000 certifications and agreements with global and local trade unions also played a role

CO2-Footprint: CO2 neutral ripening facility in the Netherlands

A Sustainable Investment: The Ripening Center in the Netherlands After many years of ripening Chiquita bananas in the Dutch town of Gorinchem, the company invested in one of the first (if not the first) carbon neutral banana ripening facilities in the world. Its pioneering design meets high standards of sustainability, product quality and employee well-being. Benelux Director Franklin Ginus worked with Olaf Van Doren, the company’s expert ripening technician, to develop

Finding biological ways to control the Sigatoka banana disease – And create Win-Win situations

Chiquita’s researchers have for many years looked for ways to reduce the use of agrochemicals, and to ensure their use is safe for consumers, farm employees, local communities, and for the environment alike. Chiquita runs its own research labs with the goal to find biological remedies for diseases that endanger bananas. Enemy number 1: Black Sigatoka The Cavendish banana variety, which consumers in northern markets prefer, is especially susceptible to Black

What people don’t know about monoculture in banana production

Common misunderstandings about banana production There are certain misunderstandings and misperceptions about banana production. While people with a western perspective on agriculture usually know about integrated (IP) crop production in their own countries, the same production method is often not acknowledged for crop production in tropical countries – particularly banana production. This is partly due to the simple lack of understanding how a modern banana farm works. So let’s clarify