Reducing our company’s waste is key to achieving our environmental targets. Over recent years, we have made a determine effort to achieve a “Zero Landfill” waste policy in the UK. Going forward we continue to investigate our recycling options and are in discussions with recycling companies to further improve how we segregate our waste & recycle further. We are also working closely with our customers to trial recyclable solutions to packaging. We have already made progress using recyclable punnets and have reduced the amount of plastic in our packaging film.
The practices that are fundamental to our own farms ensure we are continually protecting the environment and farming in a sustainable way. Liaising with our strategic partners, research bodies and our customers, we are continually working to reduce water consumption through deficit irrigation. We are always looking at how we can minimise the use of natural resources whilst enhancing the environment we work within. We have a program to introduce solar panels to our farms, to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. At J.O. Sims maintaining and enhancing wild flora and fauna to assist with biodiversity in our farming locations is very important to us, to ensure we protect & develop the local wildlife.
We have introduced a policy to make incremental improvements to how we operate, in order to improve our relationship with the environment and our local community. In July 2013 we began a £100,000 project to install solar panels on the roof of our Spalding site with a predicted carbon saving of 40 tons per annum.
We are committed to maintaining and improving systems and procedures to avoid complicity in human rights violations related to our own operations and throughout our supply chains. We will not use or tolerate the use of forced labour, debt-bonded labour, indentured labour, involuntary prison labour, slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chain.