Sustainable Commercial Farming

Finding more sustainable ways to make fresh, healthy food available for everyone is one of the most critical issues of our times and we believe that Costa has a vital role to play.

Our challenge is balancing commercial fresh produce production with environmental responsibility and affordability with quality, so that healthy and nutritious food is available to everyone for generations to come.

At Costa, we call this Sustainable Commercial Farming and we are proud to lead the way.

Costa has adopted a systematic and tailored Sustainable Commercial Farming strategy to ensure we can progressively improve the yield and quality of our healthy and nutritious products whilst reducing our environmental impact.

In order to realise our objectives, we have established three Sustainable Commercial Farming Pillars of Environment, Economic and People which are underpinned by 10 Sustainable Commercial Farming Principles.

Environment

1. Water use and security

We will maintain a focus on reducing water inputs per unit of crop output through efficiency of water use and ensuring water security with a particular focus on water capture and recycling.

2. Climate change

We will continue to meet the challenges presented by climate change, using skills and technology to adapt to changing circumstances. This includes advancing the adoption and continued enhancement of protected cropping across our portfolio, finding new technological solutions and exploring the use of renewable energy sources where practical to do so.

3. Waste

We recognise that waste in all forms presents challenges with respect to its reduction. This requires a multi-faceted approach that includes adopting practices to reduce the impact on crop yield and quality loss, stringent post-harvest time-temperature management to extend product life cycles, active management of production waste, seeking ways to reduce packaging waste and removing or eliminating non and low value labour intensive activities.

4. Nutritional inputs

We will carefully select and apply crop nutritional elements and where practical endeavour to use organic and biological crop nutritional inputs. Care will also be taken to eliminate or reduce any migration of applied nutrients beyond our farm boundaries.

5. Biodiversity

We will prioritise the application of organic and biological pest and disease control methods on our crops where practical and cost efficient. Where chemical applications are used, these will be closely monitored to measure ongoing effectiveness and to ensure compliance with maximum residue limits.

Economic

6. Production yield

We will continue to develop and embrace agronomic technology and practices to increase crop yields for each hectare farmed, including production which occurs out of the soil. We will also seek to better understand the variables in crop production via the use of advanced measurements and analytical tools to obtain improvements in agronomic practices.

Economic

6. Production yield

We will continue to develop and embrace agronomic technology and practices to increase crop yields for each hectare farmed, including production which occurs out of the soil. We will also seek to better understand the variables in crop production via the use of advanced measurements and analytical tools to obtain improvements in agronomic practices.

7. Productivity and efficiency

We will actively pursue investment that improves our productivity with a focus on the development of harvest and post-harvest automation initiatives to ensure long term cost efficiency and pricing competitiveness.

We will actively pursue investment that improves our productivity with a focus on the development of harvest and post-harvest automation initiatives to ensure long term cost efficiency and pricing competitiveness.

People

8. Workforce

The knowledge and application of our sustainable commercial farming practices is central to the development and training of our workforce. We also recognise they deserve a workplace that respects and recognises their basic human rights, is both safe and healthy, promotes diversity and provides opportunity for career advancement and training, while ensuring they are appropriately rewarded for their efforts.

9. Community

We will build and maintain an active involvement in supporting the social fabric of the many regional and rural communities in which we operate. Our footprint requires us to not only act and behave as a responsible corporate citizen, but to also work closely with communities so they can benefit both economically and socially from our ongoing presence.

10. Health and wellbeing

We only grow healthy and nutritious fresh food that is acknowledged as being essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. We take great pride in the fact nothing artificial is added to our products after harvest and sold fresh just as they are.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme, established by the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act), is a single national framework for reporting and disseminating company information about greenhouse gas emissions, energy production, energy consumption and other information specified under NGER legislation.

Costa is required to provide data and information in relation to our greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption under the NGER scheme. Our submitted reports for the current and previous years are below: