The company obtained a final score of 96 per cent in corporate social responsibility audit

The Honduran Foundation for Socially Responsible Business (Fundahrse) has awarded Fyffes melon business Sol Group the Fundahrse Socially Responsible Company Seal for 2022/23 after it obtained an average of 96 per cent in seven thematic indicators for corporate social responsibility.


Sol Group’s Reginaldo de Lima, Michael Fletes and Genivaldo Pereira pictured receiving the Fundahrse Socially Responsible Company Seal

On 17 November, Fyffes chief supply officer, Sheila McCann-Morrison, and Sol Group’s general manager, Genivaldo Pereira, attended the award ceremony in Honduras’ capital city Tegucigalpa.

Fundahrse, a non-profit, apolitical, non-religious organisation with its primary objective to promote sustainability and corporate social responsibility in Honduras, conducted an audit of Fyffes melon farm Suragroh, in Choluteca, southern Honduras, to evaluate compliance with its Indicarse tool, which is ratified by the ISO26000 standard for social responsibility.

The farm achieved a score of 100 per cent in human rights and governance, 99 per cent for community participation, 97 per cent for governance and fair operating practices, 92 per cent in environment and 91 per cent in labour practices, giving an overall average score of 96 per cent.

“I was truly delighted to receive this award on behalf of Fyffes and our melon business,” Pereira said. “

This award is an acknowledgement of the tremendous effort of our Honduran workforce, who have gone above and beyond to help transform our business. I wish to thank them for their efforts in helping Fyffes achieve its vision of becoming one of the most sustainable and ethical companies in Honduras.”

McCann-Morrison commented: “To receive the Fundahrse Seal is a true honour and reflects the scale of the transformation of our winter melon business.

“The new leadership team in Honduras have leveraged their skills and expertise to ensure that our melon business promotes wellbeing not only for our customers but the local communities and our most important of all, our employees.”

The Fundahrse Seal is granted for the first time for a period of two years, during which the company must carry out a follow-up evaluation. From the third year onwards, the Seal is valid for one year.