Our business depends on responsible stewardship of nature, the source of our produce that will sustain our future.
As a food company, our produce relies on responsible stewardship of nature to sustain our future. We continuously improve our agricultural practices and oversight of growers and communicate our Environmental Policy to our stakeholders.
Ecologically-minded, efficient land use management is foundational to Del Monte Philippines, Inc.’s (DMPI) sustainable agricultural practices, having been executed since 1926 by our farming pioneers who did not clear forests to establish pineapple fields. Additional land later acquired was cultivated with other crops.
Beyond 95 years of operations, our land-use practices have been focused on improving plantation Pineapple plantation in Bukidnon, Philippines yield through ecologically friendly land preparation, use of sustainable planting materials, plant disease management, plant nutrient application, and efficient water sourcing and drainage.
DMPI complies with environmental regulations and requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.
Certification audits are conducted on a periodic basis to ensure the Company follows the certification standards including environmental audits. GLOBALG.A.P. and PhilGap certification includes Environment Management System (Site Management, Soil Management, Fertilizer Application Management, Water Management, Integrated Pest Management and Plant Protection Products Management), Food Safety, Quality Management System, and Workers Occupational Health and Safety.
Part of DMPI’s Internal Audit department is to identify environmental areas to be audited through a review of external audits’ scope, process, and audit results. Based on these, they determine if it requires further audits.
DMPI’s close-to-a-century of growing and manufacturing attests to how it has sustained the environment and operations.
“In life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
As efficient management of soil directly impacts our long-term productivity, we focused on regenerating topsoil and improving biodiversity on and below the ground.
We implemented the least water-intensive cultivation methods available and encouraged the use of more water-efficient irrigation systems.
“There can be no Plan B because there is no planet B.”
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General
We help growers apply the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to minimize pesticides.
Del Monte Foods, Inc. (DMFI) connects our growers and consumers through partnership with the Stewardship Index of Specialty Crops organization and CropTrak™ for their crop data management system, providing detailed information on how vegetables are grown.
Pineapple plantation in Bukidnon, Philippines
“There is no such thing as “away”. When we throw something away, it must go somewhere.”
Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability
We aim to reduce the overall consumption of raw materials in our operation, encourage the reuse of materials, and promote responsible disposal.
We have undertaken initiatives to reduce process residues, strengthen energy conservation in worksites, and explore more efficient energy sources.