Seeka releases Sustainability Report

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Carbon footprint independently verified Targeting 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.

Listed produce company, Seeka Limited released its first comprehensive Sustainability Report in June. Seeka’s Sustainability Report 2022 focuses on establishing the base methodology for Sustainability Reporting including three years of independently verified carbon footprint calculations.

The report outlines the initiatives and targets that the company is putting in place to measure its sustainability performance and its initiatives to respond to climate change.

Seeka has established a goal of being net zero carbon by 2050 through initiatives including waste reduction, regenerative orchard practices, being an employer of choice and supporting the wellbeing of local communities.

Seeka Chief Executive, Michael Franks, outlined that the report is a significant step forward for the company. It establishes Seeka as a socially and environmentally responsible company in each of the regions. Seeka has committed to reduce its verified carbon footprint by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. Following the plan, the company has established the target of being net zero carbon by 2050.

In addition to reporting absolute carbon results, Seeka is benchmarking intensity-based performance indicators to capture efficiency gains as the business grows.

Franks explains, “We operate in fast-growing industries, and we intend to continue expanding through a planned increase in New Zealand kiwifruit crops. We are measuring the carbon impact of fruit handled by Seeka, which at 50.7 tonnes of C02e per 100,000 class 1 trays packed is trending down over the past three years, demonstrating early gains from our carbon reduction initiatives.”

Seeka 2022 sustainability highlights:

  • Carbon footprint assurance for 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Toitu Envirocare
  • Assisting iwi to achieve improved economic enablement through the joint development of their land
  • Recovering strings from 150 hectares of SunGold kiwifruit orchards, recycled and diverted from landfill
  • Growing the Pacific economy with 781 Pacific people supported into seasonal employment in 2021 through Seeka’s recognised seasonal employer programme
  • Capacity for 446kW of solar power with systems installed in Seeka Kerikeri, Seeka Australia and Seeka 360 in Te Puke 100 tonnes of organic waste able to be diverted to regenerative horticulture; composted at Seeka’s worm farm and applied to Seeka orchards
  • Six hybrid vehicles joined Seeka’s fleet
  • $270k donated to charity, sports groups and local organisations

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