Re­port looks at staff well­be­ing

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

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.

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