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 Worldwide
2003 – Annual Code of Conduct Compliance Certification

2004 – Independent Chiquita Helpline
2005 – Chief Compliance Officer with Audit Committee Oversight
2006 – Online Compliance Training
2009 – Global Sustainability Council
2011 – Employee Volunteer Program

Certification to Leading Standards

RFA LogoEnvironment
 (Rainforest Alliance):

1992 – Initial Rainforest Alliance Engagement
1994 – First 2 owned farms certified in Costa Rica
2000-2012 – nearly 100% owned banana farms certified
2012 – 66% of pineapple volumes certified
2012 – 20 years with Rainforest Alliance

SAI LogoLabor (SA8000):

2002 – Owned farms certified in Costa Rica
2003 – Owned farms certified in Colombia and Panama
2004-2012– 100% certification owned farms

globalgap_product_logoFood Safety (Global G.A.P.):

2003 – Owned farms in Colombia, Costa Rica & Panama certified
2005-2012 – 100% owned farms certified

Stakeholder Engagement

2001 – IUF/COLSIBA/Chiquita Agreement
2002 – Business for Social Responsibility
2002 – Ethical Trading Initiative
2003 – Social Accountability International Advisory Board
2004 – Citizens of Americas Award
2007– Nogal Project with Migros & GTZ
2005– WWF Mesoamerican Reef
2007– Corporate IFC Labor Advisory Group
2009 – Biodiversity Partnership with REWE, GIZ, CORBANA (German)

2007 – Global Social Compliance Program Executive Board
2009 – World Banana Forum Founding Member
2010 – Carbon Footprint with MIT
2010 – Fresh Express Wins Black Pearl Award for Food Safety & Quality
2011 – Women’s Committee with IUF & COLSIBA
2011 – IPL/ASDA Join Nogal Project
2012 – Water Footprint with WWF