Our Environmental and Sustainability Initiative
We respect our environment and strive to save energy, conserve resources and maximize recycling wherever and whenever we can. To that end, Haliburton International Foods, Inc. has developed an Environmental and Sustainability Initiative that is guided by the following principals:
- an eco-conscious approach to product design, material selection and manufacturing practices
- continuous improvement in our environmental performance and sustainability practices
- working with suppliers who share our commitment to the environment and sustainable business practices
- environmental awareness training and education for our team members
- knowledge of and compliance with all environmental legislation and industry best practices
Our Environmental and Sustainability Initiative is a "living" and constantly evolving policy initiative. It incorporates what we believe to be the initiatives where we can have the greatest impact given our current operations, available resources and existing technology. As these parameters change, so do our initiatives. Our current initiative has four principle components, those being:
- Reduce the amount of water consumed per pound of product produced in our manufacturing operations by increasing manufacturing efficiencies and focusing on enhanced sanitation practices.
- Work with local water resources to enhance water recovery and water recycling efforts and to ensure that what we discharge into the environment is clean and in compliance with, or where practical exceeds local standards.
- Work with suppliers to promote water conservation, and especially among farmers to promote and reward the use of drip irrigation where practical.
- Reduce the amount of energy consumed per pound of product produced in our manufacturing operations by increasing manufacturing efficiencies and investing in energy efficient processing and packaging equipment when economically viable.
- Reduce the amount of energy consumed per pound of product distributed throughout our warehouse and distribution operations by investing in energy efficient refrigeration facilities as viable and by working with carriers that have a shared interest in energy conservation.
- Implement recycling of all paper, plastic and cardboard throughout our manufacturing and distribution operations.
- Implement recycling, composting or by-product recovery of all vegetable organic waste throughout our manufacturing operations.
- Use sustainably-managed renewable energy sources, solar power or other alternative energy sources where economically feasible.
- Use recycled and recyclable packaging materials wherever and whenever possible.
- Reduce the weight and volume of materials, and configure pallets in such a way as to maximize the cubic capacity of our warehouses, refrigerated and frozen storage facilities and trucks.
- If recycled materials are not available or economically viable, use of materials from sustainably-managed renewable resources should always be considered first.
- Eliminate secondary packaging whenever possible.
- Work with customers and suppliers to promote the use of returnable totes whenever practical.
- Whenever possible, give customers a shelf-stable alternative to refrigerated or frozen products and promote the energy, quality and food safety advantages of pasteurized products.
- Whenever possible, give customers a concentrated alternative of a liquid product and promote the energy and transportation advantages of not shipping water across the country.
- Whenever possible, give customers an all-natural, preservative free alternative.
- Always offer customers seasonal vegetable varieties that can be locally grown and harvested.
- Work to reduce imported products and ingredients whenever a local or domestic source is available and economical viable.