The sustainable use of natural resources such as water and soil is a key environmental consideration when growing fruit and vegetables. First and foremost, we promote organic cultivation, which does not use synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. For our conventionally grown products, we try to reduce the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers.
We have adopted the Pesticides Guideline, which requires the responsible use of pesticides, and we actively support our suppliers with the implementation of improvement measures. In this vein, we have begun a number of projects to promote the use of compost and organic pest control. This is conducive to biodiversity and exposes flora and fauna to fewer pesticides.
One important standard for the responsible use of resources is GLOBALG.A.P. which, as well as food safety aspects, also promotes good agricultural practice. We require all our producers to have GLOBALG.A.P. or SwissG.A.P. certification.