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.

Sustainable agricultural practices

Costa is committed to sustainable agriculture. Not only is it a key strategy for maximising our profitability, it's also crucial to ensuring that our country's natural resources are utilised in both an environmentally responsible and efficient manner.  By taking this approach, Costa grows products which are healthy, safe and of the highest quality, while at the same time protecting and improving the natural environment.

Our sustainable agricultural practices: 

  •          Enhance water use efficiency through conservation and recycling
  •          Continuously improve soil health and fertility
  •          Ensure efficient use of energy
  •          Reduce chemical usage through integrated pest management
  •          Optimise nutrient and fertiliser usage through fertigation

Our sustainable agricultural practices provide both economic and environmental benefits.

 

Water

Costa captures and harvests stormwater and drainage water for use and reuse in the irrigation of crops and the cleaning and washdown of plant and equipment.

The majority of our farms use drip irrigation systems. Where possible, this occurs at night during periods of low water demand. At times of high water demand, our focus is to minimise water penetrating below the primary root zone. Soil moisture monitoring is also crucial through the use of soil moisture probes. 

 

Soil

Across all sites, Costa undertakes soil surveys to determine the characteristics of the soil.  Regular soil monitoring determines pH and salinity – to protect against inadvertently lowering pH through use of nitrogen-based fertilisers or increasing soil salinity.

Fertigation systems – which involve injection technology to feed small, measured doses of nutrients into the water stream during watering – create a constant, nutrient-rich growing environment in which plants thrive, allowing nutrients to be applied more uniformly and precisely.

 

Pest control

Through integrated pest management, we have reduced the amount of pesticides we use.

Where pesticides are used, every effort is made to minimise their use to avoid any biological disruption. We are continually working with entomologists to identify natural ways to control pests and disease in our crops.

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:

 2015-16

2014-15

2013-14


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