Rory Byrne Total Produce

Group chief executive Rory Byrne

Total Produce marked this year’s United Nations World Environment Day with the launch of its first group-wide Sustainability Report.

The report outlines the company’s strategic approach to sustainability, including the progress that has been made to date, the path forward and a selection of the company’s international sustainability initiatives.

“For companies such as Total Produce,” said group chief executive Rory Byrne, “expectations are clear. We must be uncompromising in the pursuit of best practices and responsible in our consumption of fragile natural resources. We must respectfully, and constructively, engage with the communities in which we work.”

Byrne stressed the fact that fresh produce, as well as being among the healthiest of food products, also has among the lowest environmental footprints.

However, he said that the publication served “to detail, clearly and transparently, how we strive to meet and exceed these expectations and prove ourselves worthy of the responsibility entrusted to us by consumers worldwide.”

World Environment Day takes place today on 5 June. According to Total Produce, the day “brings into sharp focus the critical role we all have to play in conserving the natural world around us. For Total Produce, the launch of this report represents just another step on our ongoing journey towards being an ever more sustainable business.”