Water and chemical management

We regularly monitor air and water quality on all our estates. No effluent is discharged into rivers or water courses.

The Group operates a composting facility in its three mills. Effluent is applied to the empty fruit bunches to create a nutritious compost. The compost, in turn, is applied in the field, reducing the requirement for inorganic fertilisers. Surplus effluent (which can occur during very rainy periods) is applied directly in the field, which acts as a beneficial organic fertiliser. This is at the heart of its ‘zero waste’ approach.

The Group does not use any chemicals listed under the Rotterdam or Stockholm Conventions on any of its estates. Other than Brodifacoum (class 1a) and Coumatetralyl (class 1b) it does not use any pesticides listed by the World Health Organisation. The Group is committed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of paraquat once effective alternatives have been successfully trialled in the Group’s estates.