It's only natural that we behave responsibly towards people and the environment. That's why all our banana farms have been enhanced to meet the rigorous standards required by the Rainforest Alliance™. As a symbol, you'll find the Rainforest Alliance frog on our bananas.
Conservation & reforestation
The rainforest is one of the world's most valuable natural resources. It is home to thousands of species, including endangered animals like the Three-toed Sloth or Red-Eyed Tree Frog. By conserving and reforesting, we can help to preserve the habitat of these amazing creatures.
Bananas grow like crazy. A banana plant grows to a height of 4 meters in just 9 months. When the bananas are harvested, there's a lot of organic waste that needs to be handled. By building compost trenches on our farms we help fertilise the soil. At one point, we were able to build a bridge from recycled bags!
Without water, there is no life, no farming and certainly no bananas! Bananas grow best in hot and humid tropical regions, where it rains much more than in Europe. We know that water shouldn’t be wasted, so we've made progress in developing water recycling systems and reducing water usage.
Responsible banana farming also means caring for the people who live and work on the banana farms. We do this by providing wages and benefits that are substantially higher than legal requirements, as well as by providing facilities like schools and medical care.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit environmental organisation. Its mission is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them. We voluntarily joined the Rainforest Alliance's Better Banana Project in 1992. Since then, all our banana plantations have been modified to conserve wildlife habitat and natural resources, manage agrichemicals responsibly, and promote worker welfare and community well-being. We are the only global banana company to have met the strict standards of the Rainforest Alliance certification programme for all of our farms. Read more about the Rainforest Alliance