As a responsible citizen Agristar’s corporate social responsibility strategy focuses on sustainable development, meaning that we are focussed on present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs!

 

But what does sustainability mean to Agristar? To achieve sustainability, we must balance environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to ensure that we drive a sustainable agenda.

 

We need to ensure that we sustainably drive our operations, whilst also acting as a responsible corporate citizen. It’s one thing to say that we are sustainable, but this needs to be governed, and that’s why we also have sound governance practices in place.

The Diagram Below Gives An Overview Of Our Sustainability Agenda

GOOD GOVERNANCE

Sustainability Pillars

Economic

Socio-Political

Environmental

Sustainability

Goals

Reduce Waste

Reduce Cost

Increase Efficiency

Reduce Risk

Good Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability

Functions

Operational Impact

    • Farming
    • Processing
    • Office Function

Human Resource & Social Impact

    • Health & Safety
    • Education
    • Skills Development
    • Creche / School Support
    • Bursaries
    • Socio-Economic Impact

Environmental Impact

    • Adherence To Regulations
    • Conservation & Ecological Efforts
    • Water Efficiency
    • Low Impact Farming

Inclusive Growth

    • Growth With Communities
    • Local Service Providers

Corporate Social Responsibility Highlights

LEARNERSHIP PROGRAMME

Agristar’s learnership programme – Farming 1 – is a MeGrow programme that is accredited by the Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA). The programme teaches participants about the fundamentals of farming.

In addition, Agristar is firmly focussed on upskilling its employees.

Community development in general is also important to Agristar, which only utilises local service providers where possible.

AWARENESS PROGRAMMES

Agristar has ensured that the Laapeng Foundation, a non-profit organisation that was formed in Mbombela in 2005 to educate those affected by alcohol, drug and substance abuse and HIV and Aids, has access to its employees. The organisation visits Agristar’s workers to assist them and educate them about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and substance abuse and HIV and Aids.

ASSISTING COMMUNITIES

Agristar is proud to be involved in the Santa Shoebox Project. The project collects and distributes gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. The project is aiming to reach one million children by 2019!

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

Agristar strictly adheres to environmental guidelines and is firmly focussed on reducing waste and its overall carbon footprint.

Some of the measures it has put in place include being water conscious and using smarter techniques to reduce water consumption and increase soil quality. It also makes use of organic compost and clears alien vegetation from its farms.

The company’s integrated pest management system ensures that pests are managed proactively and only as they appear in the orchards from time to time.

Bees are the farmers best friends and Agristar have managed to install more than 160 bee hives on its farms with plans to significantly increase the bee population in the near term.

In undeveloped areas, Agristar preserves ecological and wildlife reserves. Besides the natural vegetation in these areas, wildlife is encouraged as natural grazers and browsers of the bushveld. There are three crowned eagle nests within the ecological reserves of Agristar’s farms and it is very rewarding to continuously monitor the nests and work in conjunction with BirdLife South Africa to ensure this wonderful bird of prey is looked after.

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