Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd implement Global Reporting Initiative

30 June 2015

Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd has become one of the first privately owned companies in New Zealand to measure itself against the the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) the world’s leading framework for corporate responsibility reporting.

The GRI is a framework that champions the transparency of companies on their sustainability journey.

Rachel Brodie, Trevelyan’s Sustainability Co-ordinator, says the report encourages companies to identify and respond to their responsibilities around sustainability.

“Use of the framework encourages the establishment of internal processes to measure and review sustainability impacts and drive behaviour and cultural changes to improve the business,” she says.

This helps to improve the credibility of a company’s initiatives, Rachel says, and starts conversations around innovation between employees, customers and suppliers.

While the report itself is landmark it isn’t Trevelyan’s’ first foray into sustainability. Since 2011 it’s been committed to reaching carbon and water neutrality and the adoption of the GRI framework solidifies the progress it’s making.

“A report of this nature encourages collaboration and can start conversations amongst stakeholders as well as within supply chains and communities that can improve overall sustainability performance,” says Rachel.

Earlier this month Trevelyan’s offered a guided tour through the 20ha Packhouse and Coolstore facility in Te Puke to SBN members to show its commitment to sustainability.

Since 2011 the company has reduced the amount of waste heading off site by compacting and baling cardboard and selling more than 200 bales a year to FullCircle, as raw materials for Carter Holt’s paper mills. Bales of plastic shrinkwrap and other production material account for more than 150 bales diverted from landfill annually.

Waste minimisation policies have led to an increase in recycling with the establishment of commingled recycling and a review of other production wastes leading to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of truckloads of waste going to landfill (down 150 loads per season from 160 prior to 2011).

Last year the company implemented the composting of Packhouse and garden waste, which has seen a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill or being burned. An estimated 30 tonnes of compost was created and applied to the grounds during the 2014 kiwifruit season.

Rachel says the next step for Trevelyan’s is to continue to monitor its resource use and environmental impact through measuring its carbon emissions while encouraging innovation through-out the supply chain.

“With our industry in a significant growth phase we are responding to challenges of biosecurity, regulatory and market pressures, labour constraints and further capital investment in responsible and forward thinking ways, while maintaining an economically viable business.”

Trevelyan’s biggest recent triumph has come from partnering with other SBN members to further extend its sustainability practices. The SBN network allowed the company partner with EERST and the Bay Of Plenty DHB to  recycle its disposable caps (used in the Packhouses and Coolstores for hygiene) and further reduced the businesses landfill contribution.