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HaciendasBio promotes its CSR policy and strategy 

HaciendasBio promotes its CSR policy and strategy 

The Spanish production company is one of the top three companies worldwide with the best environmental performance according to a study arranged by the Dutch consulting firm Soil & More, a specialist in sustainability. 
Recently, George Oxley, a French biologist specialist in soil life, has endorsed the explosion of biodiversity on HaciendasBio farms, being the first time in 20 years that he finds species on agricultural land that are usually only found in highly protected wilderness areas and that are included in the ‘Red List’ 
In addition, the company has recently joined to international environmental projects such as the United Nations Global Compact project – UN Global Compact – and to various initiatives promoted by the WWF association 
10th December 2019.- HaciendasBio, the first organic fruit and vegetable producer in Spain and a leader in export to Europe, promotes the development of its CSR policy in line with the company’s core business value: respect for the environment at all levels. 
Currently, it is one of the top three companies worldwide with the best environmental performance according to a study prepared by the Dutch consulting firm Soil&More, specialists in sustainability. This same document values the production system used by HaciendasBio, based on the principles of biodynamic agriculture, as they imply   numerous benefits for the planet and society.  
It mainly concludes that the company’s cultivation method provides a positive environmental impact effect of three million euros per year to the planet. 
Replenishing soil fertility to achieve the balance of the ecosystem is crucial for the producer. HaciendasBio applies compost and other organic materials to the soil, performs no-till farming and does not apply fertilizer products. Finally, it manages flora through mowing and planting in order to improve the permeability and content of the organic matter in the soil.

HaciendasBio biodiversity, endorsed by George Oxley 

Another HaciendasBio’s strengths is the respect for biodiversity, bringing great value to the planet in a context in which between 10,000 and 50,000 species are lost every year, according to the latest data from the Living Planet report issued by the WWF association, the largest independent nature conservation organization. This entity also points out that biodiversity has been reduced by 58% worldwide in the last 40 years, something that poses a risk to humanity according to the UN.

In this regard, the French biologist and biochemist, George Oxley, specialized in soil life and a great connoisseur of plants from a medicinal and nutritional point of view, has made a soil diagnosis of the main farms of HaciendasBio. He has been analysing different conventional, ecological and biodynamic farms for 20 years and it is the first time in his career that he finds species that, in general, are only found in very protected wild areas, in agricultural lands. 

These are plants classified as “rare”, almost in extinction, such as Taenatherum caputmedusa and Vulpia cilliata, both herbaceous. Many of them are included in the ‘Red List’, the List of Threatened Species prepared by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main authority in this area. It is the most comprehensive inventory of the conservation status of animal and plant species worldwide.  

In addition, Oxley trained HaciendasBio workers at La Albuera farms about biodiversity. 

HaciendasBio has 34 farms throughout the Spanish territory located in areas rich in protected environmental resources that allow to take advantage of all the renewable energies of the environment. They have nearby rivers and native vegetation, are far from fertilizers and herbicides that degrade the environment and are protected by natural barriers that surround their perimeter. In addition, the producer has reserved areas on its farms that work as a natural biodiversity reservoir and hosts La Albuera Garden on its farm located in Extremadura, populated by representative species from all continents of the world. 

Strengthening CSR policies and strategies 

In addition to carrying out a fully responsible and respectful production, HaciendasBio is strengthening its adherence to international external initiatives that play a crucial role in caring for the planet. Recently, it has joined the international compact Global Decalogue promoted by the United Nations in order to promote environmental responsibility.  
This adhesion declares the company’s commitment to comply with the 10 ethical principles established by the UN, including promoting greater environmental responsibility.

Likewise, HaciendasBio has adhered to different initiatives promoted by the WWF association. For example, the Earth hour, the signature and dissemination of the message against plastics as well as the loss of biodiversity. The company is also registered as a volunteer for tree planting or garbage collection on its farms, amongst other actions. 
Clean energy, a priority for HaciendasBio 

Another aspect in which the producer is highly committed is the production of clean energy in order to not contaminate and not generate wastes around its activity. In that sense it captures C02 incorporating of all the vegetable remains of the crops, improves the conditions of the organic matter before its application and builds irrigation systems with solar energy in 80 hectares of crops, amongst other measures. 

The company is also strongly committed to avoid waste through different measures such as reusing all organic wastes in composting processes, recycling of all non-compostable plastic wastes and reducing plastic materials in fruit and vegetables packaging. 

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Unica Group offers staff colorectal cancer screening

Screening is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer, which is the most common cancer in Spain, for both sexes, affecting more than 400,000 people and with 30,000 new cases a year. However, there is a 90% success rate for treatment if detection occurs at an early stage.

Unica Group is offering its employees, cooperatives and partners aged over 50 the opportunity to participate in a screening programme for colorectal cancer.

The Almeria-based group said the move is part of its ongoing innovation, including in the area of corporate social responsibility, and reflects the importance it places on the health of its workers and partners.

Medical specialist José Manuel Rodríguez Laiz said the Unica Group initiative is one of the first of its kind in the field in Spain and a very positive one.

In a joint press release, he said screening is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer, which is the most common cancer in Spain, for both sexes, affecting more than 400,000 people and with 30,000 new cases a year. However, there is a 90% success rate for treatment if detection occurs at an early stage.

Unica Group spans companies in Almería, Granada and Murcia, namely the Cabasc, Casur, Cohorsan, Cota 120, El Grupo, Ferva, Parque Natural, Agrolevante and Parafruts cooperatives.

Today, March 31, is colorectal cancer awareness day.

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SanLucar has invested over €7 million in social and environmental projects

Over 2013/15, SanLucar invested more than €7 million in projects in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa and Ecuador.

During Fruit Logistica next month, the international fruit and vegetable brand SanLucar will present its 2013/15 corporate responsibility report titled ‘Commitment makes the difference.’

Now in its 4th edition, the report details the initiatives launched by SanLucar’s Corporate Responsibility department and its objectives for between now and the year 2020.

SanLucar Group CEO Stephan Rötzer said corporate responsibility is an essential part of SanLucar’s business and the reason its actions on social and environmental matters are fully integrated into its global company strategy.

“Our daily activity is based on five fields of action: excellent taste of our products, safety and health at work, environmental protection, education and knowledge exchange as well as the fulfillment of dreams for all the members of the communities where SanLucar is established,” Rötzer said.

Social and environmental projects

The group is guided by the philosophy “Taste in harmony with man and nature”.  As a result of this commitment, over 2013/15, SanLucar invested more than €7 million in projects developed in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa and Ecuador – all countries in which is has bases.

Regarding environmental projects, SanLucar has chosen a more efficient irrigation system for its fields in Tunisia, the installation of solar panels for the office in Austria and an energy saving program for its warehouse in Germany. By launching this latest initiative, SanLucar has been able to reduce the CO2 emissions by 61 tons, thanks to a more efficient and environmentally friendly LED lighting system.

“Sometimes it ́s hard to imagine the importance of this type of actions, but to have an idea it would be necessary to plant approximately 5.000 trees to counteract this amount of contaminating emissions” explains Stephan Rötzer.

One of the important milestones of SanLucar during the last two years concerning social management has been the boost given in Germany, Austria and Spain to awareness programs concerning the importance of doing sports and of following healthy nutrition habits. In the same way, education and further training has been one of the priorities for the company. In 2015 has been founded the SanLucar Academy in Ecuador, after the take-off in Spain of this employee training project.

From 3rd to 5th February, SanLucar will give extended information about these and further projects at the Fruit Logistica (hall 6.2-stand C07) where the report will be available in three languages (English, German, Spanish).

This report can also be downloaded from the SanLucar homepage next 15th of February.

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Image: the cover of SanLucar’s 2013/15 corporate responsibility report
Explanation of the picture: “In Valencia, July 2015, on the second anniversary of our soup kitchen El Puchero, we asked 20 children to draw their idea of a beautiful world.“