Doing Right, Responsibly
Our code of business conduct is centered on ethics and integrity, foundations that guide everything we do.
Reducing our carbon footprint is very important to Santa Sweets. After an analysis revealed that electricity purchased for our New Jersey facilities made up 69% of Santa Sweets’ total CO2 emissions, we installed a 2-megawatt solar panel system that will power the 191,250 total square feet of our two New Jersey packaging facilities.
Over its life, this system will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as planting 261,580 trees would. Plus, it will prevent 86,973 tons of carbon dioxide, 382 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 123 tons of nitrogen oxides from polluting the air.
We are also increasing Santa Sweet’s recycling efforts, specifically at the farm level, which has triggered voluntary, active participation of employees in all our locations.
And we’re taking advantage of our own “best practices.” For example, we have modified our conventional spray program so that the majority of pesticides used are approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute.
Santa Sweets is working to improve access to health services, both treatment and preventative care, for employees and their children.
At Santa Sweets’ Immokalee, FL farm, the company partnered with Collier Health Services, a community-based health care provider, to provide health screening for employees and their families during four annual visits by CHS’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.
This is a state-of-the-art pediatric medical and dental facility, provided through a partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities®, that offers screenings for dental, growth and development, hearing, and vision, as well as nutritional and dental education.
At the Cedarville, NJ farm, Santa Sweets has a partnership with local non-profit, Complete Care. This unique employer-healthcare provider relationship helps ensure healthcare access for employees who are only in New Jersey for the growing season.
Santa Sweets is working to develop a similar relationship with a local health partner for its farm in Leland, NC.
Santa Sweets is committed to its employees’ personal and professional advancement.
To that end, Santa Sweets partnered with the Gloucester County (NJ) Special Services School District, Migrant Education Program to offer adult education classes to workers at its Cedarville (NJ) packing house. The classes represent the first opportunity for Spanish-speaking employees to take formal English classes that include writing, reading, and verbal exercises.
What’s more, employees who take the English classes are considered first for supervisory or management positions.
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