We worked with our external sustainability experts to determine the scope and nature of the engagement, gaining insights of potential issues from their expertise in climate change and utilising ESG data provider assessment of issues impacting the company
We had several meetings with management and the Chair, conducted site visits and undertook discussions with experts. We concluded that the company is thinking deeply about its climate exposure and has mitigated its risk as much as possible through protected cropping, geographic diversification, micro-irrigation and significant investment in on-site water storage.
In addition we engaged on issues around the use of seasonal labourers in fruit picking operations, particularly those from the Pacific Islands and those hired through labour hire organisations, some of which have poor or exploitative practices used on vulnerable people. We were encouraged that the company seems to have high standards when working with labour organisations and zero tolerance for poor behaviour. As a result, this company has become employer of choice among fruit pickers, many of whom return season after season.
We also encouraged the company to disclose some of the good things it was doing in a sustainability report. This has now been produced