Sustainability

We have a responsibility to protect our ecosystems for the benefit of our communities, neighbours and future generations. We therefore take a long-term approach, ensuring our estates and growers are resilitent to climate change, use appropriate agricultural techniques and work hard to improve social and economic sustainability.

Environment

We are committed to identifying the environmental impacts of all our activities and managing these responsibly.

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Tree Planting

Our growers regularly plant indigenous trees in and around the operations to aid reforestation and restore water catchment areas.

Our Macadamia Product Lifecycle

Our macadamia are produced in a way that ensures minial waste at every stage, repurposing waste products as fuel, giving nutrients back to the soils naturally where possible and reducing the need for fertilizers and additional irrigation to create an environmentally friendly product lifcycle.  

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The extensive, shallow rooting system of macadamia trees helps guard against soil erosion.

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Macadamia trees take 7 years to mature and produce a commercial crop.

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The by-products of macadamia are reused in a sustainable fashion.

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The husk is composted and used as mulch to aerate and add nutrients such as nitrogen back into the soil.

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Our macadamia cracking plant uses macadamia husks to power the boiler used to dry macadamia nut in shell. This helps us cut down on our energy use as well as reduce waste.

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The shells are also used as an effective topping on the estates' roads.

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Smaller grade kernel may be turned into oil and as a natural source of protein, used in health drinks.

Any waste kernel is used locally as livestock fodder.

Social

We are fundamentally connected to the welfare of our communities and the environments in which we operate. We proactively invest in social sustainability initiatives across all our grower operations.

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Gender Equality

SHARP - Bringing Sexual Harassment into Focus

"Let's Grow Macadamia Together"

Smallholder Community Project

Launched in 2017, the Maclands community project was established by our growers in South Africa to help local farmers grow good quality macadamia, with the goal of planting 100Has of macadamia orchard.  

Run in association with the South Africa Macadamia Association, SAMAC, in South Africa the project will allow the permanent workforce there to become equal shareholder with our South Africa grower, EPESA. 

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Seedling donation

180,336 macadamia seedlings have been planted to date totalling 57,8 Ha's or macadamia orchard.

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Ongoing support

170 farmers involved in the project in South Africa and 12 farmers in Kenya.

We plan to plant the next 24 Ha's in South Africa by the end 2023

In 2018 the project expanded to Kenya, with 12 farmers involved to date.

This ongoing project is working to build the capacity of our surrounding communities for the long-term sustainability of the macadamia industry.