Westfalia Fruit has always strived to be an industry leader in all our endeavours, and environmental sustainability is no exception. The Group recognises that our economic, social and environmental objectives are integrated components towards sustainability and corporate resilience.
We work in a sustainable manner that considers the wellbeing of the land, markets, customers, staff, communities and industry across the continents in which we operate. We believe in growth: growth of people, the economies we touch, communities that surround us, our customers, our partners and our products.
We collaborate and co-operate with all stakeholders to deliver the best possible service and products. We’re all a part of the future and must all work together to build a bright one.
Some of the major sustainability drivers currently faced by Westfalia and our holding company, the HMH Group, include climate change, energy and fuel consumption, material resource scarcity, water scarcity, population growth, economic stability, urbanisation, food security, ecosystem decline and deforestation.
Our aim is to ensure our environmental commitments become an integral part of our day-to-day activities, that we seek ways to continually improve our environmental performance and operate in a responsible manner including reducing waste and reducing our carbon emissions. These interventions are prioritised towards achieving the environmental objectives of the Group, which are to minimise environmental impact and the use of hazardous materials, improve efficiency of water, fuel and electricity usage, maintain biodiversity, and improve waste management.
The vision of our founder, Dr Hans Merensky, has guided us over the past 70 years in our commitment to be 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. Dr Merensky, who acquired Westfalia Estate near Tzaneen in South Africa in 1929, reclaimed the overgrazed and poorly-managed land by removing exotic plants and re-establishing indigenous 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.