Community and Sustainability

Community

Costa operates in more than 30 rural and regional communities across Australia. In many of these locations, Costa is the major employer and we take this responsibility seriously. We recognise that our presence is integral to their sustainability.

Whether it is sponsoring local sporting clubs, providing fresh produce to groups and charities, or working with educational institutions to promote careers in horticulture, our employees are the main link between our business and these local communities.

Our employees are central to ensuring that we are not only successful as a business, but that we are also aware of the needs and aspirations of the communities in which we operate. Through our employees, we can play an ongoing and positive role in the economic and social sustainability of these communities.

Environment

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.

 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.

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.

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 and seeking ways to reduce packaging waste.

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.

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.

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:

2017-18

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14


Partnerships

                                             University of Queensland                 


                     Melbourne Polytechnic                         Australian Fresh Produce Alliance


                                                 


                         Guyra Central High School                               Mustangs