Corporate Social Responsibility
Fres-co’s initiatives on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are led by the company’s CSR Team whose members have been part of the Fres-co family for more than ten years. The team is committed to promoting Fres-co’s core values and initiatives by contributing to a variety of social, educational, and human welfare causes. Through the years, the team has developed programs designed to provide long term benefits to individuals and communities as well as programs that educate and encourage employees to become active in corporate social responsibility.
The Fres-co Corporate Social Responsibility Team focuses on five strategic areas:
- Fresh and Clean Environment
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Energy Strategy
- Solutions for Sustainable Packaging
As part is its commitment to help the community, Fres-co makes yearly donations to several charitable organizations. Coffee Kids and The Coffee Quality Institute are some of the many institutions that receive Fres-co’s contribution toward education of children and their families, so they can enjoy a better life. Fres-co also supports the Global Coffee Quality Research Innitiative.
Coffee Kids is a nonprofit organization that works with local organizations in Latin America to create programs in education, health awareness, micro credit, food security and capacity building in coffee-farming communities. Fres-co has supported Coffee Kids since it started in 1998.
The Coffee Quality Institute is a nonprofit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it. CQI provides training and technical assistance to coffee producers and other individuals in the supply chain to increase the value, volume and sustainability of high quality coffee production.
In 2007, Fres-co created the Green Team whose primary objective is to help the environment through waste reduction. Through a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” program, the Telford manufacturing facility is a 96% landfill free workplace. Fres-co has successfully extended the initiative toward its manufacturing facility in Iowa and also toward some of its customers. The program called “Reverse Supply Chain Collaboration,” combines efforts between Fres-co and Northstar Recycling Group to provide other manufacturers with a comprehensive recycling program that ensures the highest quality and most marketable output from the waste stream.
Adopt a Highway: Twice a year, Fres-co employees volunteer removing debris from State Road in Telford. The clean up event provides employees with the opportunity to clean up the environment as well as the added benefit of feeling good about volunteering in their local community.
Fres-co’s CSR team’s priorities are to monitor and measure improvements in the pre-defined target areas. Whether it is manufacturing processes, product development, the use of our products, or the well-being of our employees and customers, we want to make sure our practices are in alignment with our core values and the decisions we make have a positive impact on the community and environment and the individuals around us.
Fres-co is constantly striving to reduce energy and water usage in an effort to improve our environmental footprint. Fres-co’s energy strategy team developed an ongoing process for evaluating and adopting clean energy sources. Recent projects include energy efficient lighting upgrades, optimizing the chilled water system, reducing steam loss.
Fres-co’s sustainable packaging team focuses on developing materials that reduce waste and improve operational efficiency. Key components include source reduction, re-using and recycling of materials as well as innovation. We select, manufacture and process packaging materials with sustainability in mind. We strive to improve source reduction and integrate renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials into our product offering. Fres-co material's offering includes compostable/renewable structures used for hotel, restaurant, and institutional packaging. In addition, Fres-co developed retail structures containing 20-30% PCR, compostable laminations, and all polypropylene materials. Another key area of focus is moving customers from rigid containers to flexible packages. By switching to flexible packaging Fres-co customers were able to significantly reduce the amount of packaging entering landfills and reduce overall energy used to manufacture the packaging materials.