We rely on nature’s bounty to bring our products to millions of families across the country. Our direct connection to the earth’s resources reinforces our longstanding commitment to stewardship and responsible operation.
By minimizing the impacts of growing, processing, packaging, and distributing our products, we’re not only helping to protect the air, land, and water; we’re also ensuring our own long-term success. Many of the same initiatives that we’ve implemented to cut down on our use of energy, water, and materials also save money—meaning that what’s good for the environment is also good for our business.
We will continue to identify areas where we can improve, put new programs in place, and measure our progress.
In 2009, Del Monte set aggressive 10-year goals to decrease usage of water, electricity, natural gas and diesel fuel as well as reducing their generation of waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Comparing 2014 to the baseline year of 2007, Del Monte has reduced:
- Fresh water usage per ton of finished product from production facilities by 16 percent.
- Solid waste going to landfill per ton of finished product from production facilities by 75 percent.
- Packaging materials per pound of product by 11 percent.
- Diesel fuel used for transportation by 7 percent.
Due to the purchase by Del Monte Pacific, Ltd. in 2014, the company reset their energy, water and waste goals with each facility committing to 1 yr., 3yr., and 5 yr. reduction goals. Del Monte also decided to join the Energy Star Partnership to establish a centralized energy team to focus on developing a more collaborative company effort to achieve more efficiency gains in both electricity and natural gas usage.
Managing Our Environmental Performance
Del Monte has had a well-established environmental program in place for more than 20 years. Our environmental management system (EMS) sets out rigorous guidelines and processes to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards of environmental performance, every day. We view full compliance with all applicable regulations as a minimum goal, and strive to exceed industry standards across our operations.
Our environmental team remains on the cutting edge of environmental management by being active in industry and governmental forums, and by taking leadership roles in local, regional, and national environmental organizations.
We maintain a written Environmental Policy that is updated periodically to reflect new advances in best practice and to better serve the Company’s operating needs. This policy is posted in our facilities, communicated to facility management, and also incorporated into training for environmental and operations staff.
Del Monte has an excellent track record in maintaining compliance with all applicable environmental regulations. We require that facilities based outside of the United States also fully meet the compliance standards of their host country.
We conduct in-house audits for all our U.S.-based facilities at least once every three years. Facilities are required to resolve any issues within 60 days of receiving final audit results.
In addition to formal audits, facilities perform annual environmental self-assessments. Each environmental coordinator or manager conducts a compliance field inspection and record-keeping review and submits the findings to the facility manager and the regional environmental manager. Any issues uncovered by the self-assessment must be resolved within 30 days of discovery.