Total Produce is committed to the UN sustainability goals and the sustainable use of water in the fresh produce supply chain. The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), launched in 2009, provides guidance and a framework to ensure responsible water governance, sustainable water balance and good water quality. The aim of the water standard is to drive social, environmental and economic improvement by engaging with operational sites and growers to better understand and address water challenges in their respective catchment areas. Having a water stewardship system is not without challenges but it will also provide opportunity and a progressive route towards best practice. Total produce is proud to have joined the Alliance for Water Stewardship and commits to work with our sites to achieve certification by 2025. We will also work with AWS to improve water stewardship and best practice with our partners growers. Collaborating with experts like AWS and working to a global standard provides us with a recognised route to managing the water in our control in a responsible and sustainable manner and reinforces our commitment to the UN sustainability goals.
Dole is the first company in the banana industry to achieve the certification.
Dole Food Company announced that 11 banana farms in Colombia and two in Ecuador have achieved certification to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard for taking water management to a higher level in Dole’s own farming and suppliers’ growing and sourcing operations.
The standard is intended to drive social, environmental and economic benefits at landscape level which encompasses all users of a particular water catchment, allowing them to better understand how their water use impacts others, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management