Hortgro is the South African deciduous fruit industry’s knowledge partner. Our goal is to keep our growers informed, grow and transform the industry, and to make sure that South African fruit is of great quality and produced in the right way.
At the same time, we care about where our food comes from and how it is produced. We care about the people in our industry and we care about the environment in which our fruit is being produced. We set high standards for ourselves in what we do. We encourage our growers to do the same and abide by independent certification from ethical standards organisations.
The aim is simple – to supply the best-tasting high-quality fruit that is produced under safe working conditions and within fair labour practices with the minimum impact on the environment. Hortgro actively participates in industry forums addressing social, ethical, health and safety and environmental issues. Download our vision and mission infographic here: Hortgro Infographic Pome Stone.
Within the bigger Fruit South Africa (FSA) family we subscribe to the FSA Value Statement. Please download it here: Fruit SA Values Statement.
We also encourage our growers to subscribe the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) – a platform for agricultural stakeholders to ensure ethical and environmental sustainable trade. SIZA monitors and cares for the environment and compliance with labour legislation. Find out more, here: https://siza.co.za/
While many people might think they heard wrong when we mention the concept of ‘modern slavery’ unfortunately unlawful labour practices continue to pose a real challenge and devastate lives. Modern Slavery is a real concern and at Hortgro we encourage all our growers to support the Stronger Together initiative to help eliminate modern slavery in all its forms. Identifying and eradicating modern slavery and unlawful practices is our responsibility as human beings.
Find more information here: https://www.stronger2gether.org/za/
Confronting Climate Change
The Confronting Climate Change (CCC) Initiative is a carbon footprint project, developed to support the South African fruit sector through identifying and responding to the risks and opportunities associated with carbon emissions.
Find more information here: https://www.climatefruitandwine.co.za/