Fyffes North America

Shaping well-being for the world

Sustainability Drivers

FYFFESAt Fyffes, we embrace the responsibility that comes with being a global supplier of fresh produce, that’s why we are committed to being a good steward of our environment, enhancing people’s health, and contributing to the development of our employees and communities.

Our sustainability vision: Fyffes engages employees, growers, communities, customers, consumers, and civil society to deliver fresh, healthy, and sustainably grown produce in a collective effort to share value and enrich the lives of people around the world.

In 2018, Fyffes announced its Global Sustainability Strategy, which addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development—social, economic, and environmental. The strategy is aligned to nine key UN SDGs that are material to our stakeholders and business, and which serve as the foundation of our sustainability strategy, goals, and targets:

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and infrastructure
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals.

Common Sustainability Practices

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As part of our Sustainability Strategy, in 2020 Fyffes set its first 13 sustainability targets for 2025 and 2030. Today, there are more than 20 projects in progress across our operations to help us achieve these ambitious targets in the coming years:

  1. Reduce our GHG emissions to achieve the Science-Based Target in line with the 1.5˚C scenario by 2025, representing a 25% reduction for Scopes 1 and 2 in CO2 eq./kg of fruit harvested, and a 10% reduction for Scope 3 in CO2 eq./kg of fruit harvested and distributed by Fyffes and its suppliers, from a 2020 base year
  2. 100% of Fyffes owned operations have water management plans in place by 2025 (farms only)
  3. All packaging will be compostable, recyclable, or reusable by 2025
  4. Provide five million healthy meals to people in vulnerable groups by 2025 by working with qualified partners
  5. 80% food loss reduction in all operations by 2030
  6. Develop one new application for each of our core products by 2030
  7. Educate three million people on healthy eating habits and food waste minimization by 2025
  8. 100% of Fyffes workers and supply chain workers are trained on human rights by 2030 (100% of managers and employees by 2025)
  9. 100% Fyffes owned sites in the LATAM region benefitting from Gender Equality Programs by 2025 and 50% of suppliers by 2030
  10. Eradicate gender pay gap in Fyffes operations by 2030
  11. By 2025 no work-related fatalities and no severe work-related injuries
  12. 100% of Fyffes neighboring communities are engaged in resilient socio-economic community projects out of the four community investment areas by 2030
  13. Improve the resilience of 2,000 of our smallholders to climate change across key Latin American production countries with specific capacity building programs by 2030


In 2017 and 2018 we reviewed our overall approach to sustainability with the goal of accelerating our efforts to become a sustainable business, remaining relevant and successful while addressing urgent environmental constraints, increasing stakeholder requirements, a shifting global economy and evolving consumer preferences.


With the support of independent experts, we consulted over 200 internal and external stakeholders through workshops and interviews. We used this information along with benchmarking and research to establish our first materiality matrix. In 2021, we revised our materiality matrix to take into account our new corporate strategy to determine the most important areas of concern for our stakeholders and our business. The top material issues have been identified as follows:

  • Decent Employment, Human Rights, Living Wage
  • Employee Health & Safety & Wellness
  • Water Consumption
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
  • Food Safety
  • Food Quality

Compliance & Business Conduct

This work also resulted in the creation of the Global Sustainability Strategy, which has a long-term timeline to 2030 in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Late in 2020, we began our sustainability target setting to coincide with our new corporate strategy and to mark the end of the initial three-year sustainability strategy.


Our Sustainability Strategy focuses on four main areas:

  • Stewardship for the Planet
  • Healthy Food for Healthy Lives
  • Enriching People’s Lives
  • Principles of Responsible Business Conduct

Through these four sustainability pillars, we aim to address our stakeholders’ areas of interest in relation to our sustainable current practices and objectives.


aerial viewWe integrate sustainable practices in all areas of our operation to respond to climate change and ensure that natural resources are efficiently managed, conserved, and enhanced for future generations. Our Goals:

  • Increase efficiency in use of inputs and outputs, including implementation of sustainable alternatives
  • Protect, restore, or enhance natural soil fertility
  • Reduce water use, prevent water waste, and enhance wastewater quality
  • Reduce our carbon emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius, the most ambitious target set by the Paris Agreement


We enrich people’s lives by contributing to the development of our employees, growers, and communities with accredited shared value partnerships. Our Goals:

  • Provide best standards of workplace health and safety and continuously promote the well-being of workers throughout our operations and supply chain
  • Advance the human rights of all workers and provide decent, meaningful employment opportunities in our operations and throughout the supply chain
  • Support and promote the inclusion of women into the workforce as equal partners with men and create a more inclusive workplace
  • Support and enhance our communities to help them become more resilient through community partnerships
  • Collaborate with smallholder farmers to boost their growth while developing sustainable production.


We enhance the health of people around the world by delivering healthy produce to all markets and by promoting healthy food choices. Our Goals

  • Provide healthy food choices by developing new applications and uses for core products and repurpose food loss from production processes


We uphold the highest standards for good corporate governance, ethics, and sustainability by demonstrating and promoting sound business principles across our value chain. Our goals:

  • Develop and implement principles of responsible business conduct, or ‘Fyffes Principles’
  • Maintain open and proactive communication channels with stakeholders to strengthen engagement and influence on sustainable practices