NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian accepted a hazelnut tree today from Ferrero Australia to launch the company’s ninth CSR report and celebrate its $70 million investment and commitment to Australia’s hazelnut industry.
Ferrero’s CSR initiatives are prominent in Australia with just last week Ferrero Group company AgriAustralis celebrating the planting of almost one million trees in Narrandera over five years.
“Ferrero has made a significant contribution to NSW through its $70 million investment in AgriAustralis and the company’s factory at Lithgow,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“These investments have created hundreds of local jobs and we are proud to be partnering with Ferrero to develop a regional hazelnut industry in the Riverina.”
“It’s great to celebrate the launch of our ninth CSR report because as a company we’ve always had CSR at our core and it defines Ferrero’s business model,” managing director Ferrero Australia, Roberto Grasso said.
“We’re pleased to be joined by Premier Berejiklian and present the gift of the hazelnut trees, which will be planted in the state’s Botanic Gardens in the Blue Mountains.
“This gift is symbolic of our commitment to the state and continuing to invest in Australia.”
The highlights from the ninth CSR report include:
- Kinder+Sport program being extended to 30 countries including Australia, moving four million children globally;
- 70% of the cocoa used by Ferrero worldwide is certified as sustainable and is on track for 100% by 2020;
- Ferrero uses 100% sustainable palm oil, certified as segregated.
Ferrero’s commitments and achievements under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were acknowledged by other organisations attending the event including, the Department of Primary Industries, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Fairtrade ANZ and Global Compact Network Australia.
- Visit: www.ferrerocsr.com.