Report looks at staff wellbeing
Trevelyan’s fourth annual sustainability report has highlighted its commitment to staff welfare.
The report was released earlier this week and executive director Alister Hawkey says it outlines Trevelyan’s efforts to promote staff wellness which includes running The Front Row programme in association with All Blacks’ strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill.
“The report is an in-depth look at our economic, social and environmental performance in 2017 and a huge part of that is detailing the steps we take to respect and look after our people.”
Trevelyan’s annual staff satisfaction survey showed 98 per cent of permanent staff reported either medium or high job satisfaction — a trend that has been steadily rising over the past four years.
Healthy eating is also a priority and Trevelyan’s have introduced a nutritious salad and vegetable bar at their on-site cafe´ to benefit employees, and regularly organise fun run/walks and wellness information sessions for staff.
“The recent media reports have presented a very narrow view of the kiwifruit industry,” Alister says. “The fact is, our packhouses are a nice place to work. The staff facilities are excellent, and we have a great cafe´ which is a wonderful place to have a break and interact with others. Our staff have a great time here and many don’t want the packing season to come to an end.”
The 2017 Sustainability Report clearly shows Trevelyan’s is a responsible business in the community and is focused on looking after its people, he said.
“There are huge career opportunities in our industry across many areas like HR, accountancy, engineering, plus science roles such our laboratory and mapping teams and IT roles including data analysis and programming. Our seasonal roles are also many and varied — packing, stacking, grading, strapping, forklifts, logistics, data management, sampling and other quality roles. This enables us to place people where we feel they will do well or give them some variety. We have a whole lot of things going on in our company to help people achieve whatever they want to achieve.”
The kiwifruit and avocado industries are undergoing remarkable growth, with new orchard developments and great financial returns. Trevelyan’s is proud to report its average Orchard Gate Return (OGR) per hectare is 12 per cent above industry average for its growers for both Hayward and SunGold conventional kiwifruit.
Zespri chief grower and alliances officer Dave Courtney says the report is a welcome window into the industry.
“We’re really pleased to see some of the excellent employment and sustainability initiatives under way at Trevelyan’s highlighted and quantified here.”
In addition to outlining how Trevelyan’s is looking after its staff and generating great returns, the company’s 2017 Sustainability Report also details progress made towards its social and environmental goals.
A total of $45,000 was invested in sponsorship and donations into the local community last year, including contributions to Te Puke school programmes, sports teams and the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust. The company also supports foodbank and other food rescue and social service organisations. In 2017 they also contributed to the Kiwifruit Industry Community Support Fund Inc to purchase a digitiser for the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to provide radiology services which benefits up to 2000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers.
Trevelyan’s sustainability coordinator Rachel Brodie says the concept of sustainability is now mainstream and the annual report was a great way for people to get to know the company better.
She says Trevelyan’s is thrilled to have now achieved a 62 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to its base levels recorded in 2010, with new technology and refrigerant gasses promising to drop that level even further. “We want to share our successes, but we also want to share our challenges. Some of our biggest challenges are industryshared opportunities that we need to start working on. This report is a great way of starting a conversation with our growers and suppliers.”
The 2017 Sustainability Report will now be distributed to the company’s growers, staff, business partners, customers, overseas visitors and other stakeholders and is available online at https:/ /trevelyan.co.nz
Trevelyan’s sustainability co-ordinator Rachel Brodie and executive director and Alister Hawkey.