29-11-2013

Ferrero Group launches global CSR report at industry gathering

Sydney, 29 November 2013 - The NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, officiated today at a major gathering of representatives from the agriculture, environment and sustainability industries when the Ferrero Group presented its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report at the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney. The event also marked the launch of an exciting new development for the agri-business sector in NSW with an announcement by Agri Australis, a subsidiary of the Ferrero Group, of the establishment of a $70 million hazelnut production facility in the Riverina.
Speaking at the launch, the Premier congratulated Ferrero on both initiatives and pointed to the fact Ferrero was last month awarded prestigious gold partner status in the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program.
Mr O’Farrell emphasised Ferrero was recognised for establishing an innovative tri-generation plant, ‘which powers more than half of the company’s factory at Lithgow where the famous Tic Tac and Nutella brands are manufactured for local consumption and export markets.’
Unveiling the CSR Report, Ferrero Australia’s Managing Director, Craig Barker, highlighted the broad range of initiatives the organisation was undertaking – both here in Australia and around the world. The Ferrero Group has always had Corporate Social Responsibility at the core of its activities, deeply defining Ferrero’s business model.The CSR report, which is verified by consulting firm Deloitte, was awarded an A+ rating for the second year running from the ‘Global Reporting Initiative’ – a partner of the United Nations’ ‘Global Compact’.
The report presents the Ferrero Group’s strategy for social responsibility and sustainability as well as its activities throughout the world for 2012. It reflects the Group’s immediate priorities for 2014 as well as its longer term 2020 strategic vision and It confirms that the company is on track to achieve its goal of 100 per cent sustainable certified cocoa by 2020, and 100 per cent certified sustainable segregated palm oil by the end of 2014.
Turning to the announcement by Agri Australis of the investment in a new hazelnut crop in NSW, Mr O’Farrell said ‘the Riverina would now become the hazelnut capital of Australia.’ The Premier emphasised the ‘significant benefits the new development would bring to the NSW agricultural sector, which would see the planting of more than one million hazelnut trees on 2,000 hectares near Narrandera.’
The project will provide up to 50 permanent and 50 seasonal jobs. Planting is planned to be underway next autumn with harvest in March 2018. This paves the way for the hazelnuts to be in full production in eight years by 2022.
The Agri Australis venture is a demonstration farm designed to illustrate the potential of the sustainability and profitability of the hazelnut business in Australia. The aim is to involve the Australian farming community in growing hazelnuts utilising Ferrero’s long-standing expertise and best practice.
Ferrero’s interest in the venture is the ability to have high quality products for the long term that come from Australian land and farmers. For our farmers, it has the potential to provide a viable alternative crop to help them increase their planting diversification and provide a new reliable income stream.
General Manager of Agri Australis, Alessandro Boccardo, who presented the Premier with a hazelnut seedling as a symbol of the start of a partnership between all parties involved, said the new concept had been several years in development and could not have come to fruition without the close working relationships between the NSW Government (Department of Primary Industries), the Federal Government (Department of Agriculture) who recognised the work of Agri Australis by presenting it with the 2013 “Australian Biosecurity Award".
www.ferrerocsr.com

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