We Care and Conserve
The vision of our founder, Dr Hans Merensky, has guided us over the past nearly 70 years in our commitment to being a responsible agribusiness that cares passionately about the quality of our produce, the environment where it is grown or processed, and the specific needs of our customers. We care deeply about the people who form part of the Westfalia Fruit group of companies, and the sustainability of the organisation that supports them.
Westfalia Fruit has always strived to be an industry leader in all its endeavours, and environmental sustainability is no exception. Dr Hans Merensky, who acquired Westfalia Estate in 1929, reclaimed the overgrazed and poorly-managed land by removing exotic species and re-establishing indigenous plant species. During his lifetime he experimented with many environmentally-sustainable agricultural systems, such as composting, and the success of these initiatives helped shape the environmental ethos of the company, which has been maintained ever since.
Some of the major sustainability drivers currently faced by Westfalia and the HMH Group as a whole include climate change, energy and fuel consumption, material resource scarcity, water scarcity, population growth, economic stability, urbanisation, food security, ecosystem decline and deforestation.
Integrated initiatives aimed at addressing these drivers focus on introducing pro-active preventative measures as well as putting in place curative interventions within the Group. In most cases, greater efficiency and economic value-adding translate into a direct reduction of the environmental impact of operations.
These interventions are prioritised towards achieving the environmental objectives of the Group, which are to minimise environmental impact and use of hazardous material, improve efficiency of water, fuel and electricity usage, maintain biodiversity, and improve waste management.
Westfalia prides itself as being one of the leading agricultural companies with a strong Corporate Social Investment programme that seeks to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. This is achieved through the delivery of sustainable social programmes the impact of which is measured year on year...
Westfalia Fruit’s agribusiness has always strived to be an industry leader in all its endeavours and environmental issues are no exception. Dr Hans Merensky, who acquired Westfalia Estate in Tzaneen, South Africa, in 1929, reclaimed the overgrazed and poorly-managed land by removing exotic species and re-establishing indigenous plant species...