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REDEFINING FRESH

Blue Skies was founded by Anthony Pile in 1997 with the mission to build together a profitable enterprise where people respect each other, care for the environment and inspire a legacy for the future.

We believe in ‘Adding Value at Source’. This means we aim to make the finished product in the country or region where the fruit is grown. By doing this we return more value to the communities that produce our fruit, and we can deliver products that are Fresh from Harvest.

FRESH FROM HARVEST

Our Fresh from Harvest philosophy is sacrosanct. It is key to enabling us to provide only the highest quality, best tasting fruit products you can find. Our approach is simple; Our fruit is harvested only when fully mature, cut when naturally ripe and then delivered fresh from harvest.

GROWN WITH PRIDE

We work closely with growers to achieve the highest standards in quality, ethical trade and environmental care. We adhere to a number of international standards including Fairtrade, Organic, and LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

HARVESTED WHEN MATURE

Our fruit is harvested at its optimal maturity to ensure the best possible taste. It is then delivered to our factories the same day, where it is hand selected for quality and ripeness before being authorised to enter our High Care Production facility.

CUT WHEN NATURALLY RIPE

Our experienced and highly trained fruit experts work with the greatest level of diligence and skill to cut and prepare freshly harvested fruit at our certified High Care Production facilities in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

DELIVERED WHEN FRESH

The finished product is delivered over night in order to reach our customers the very next day. Fruit is transported at a constant temperature between 0 and 5 degrees celsius ensuring it arrives tasting truly fresh from harvest.

We employ over 5,000 people at our facilities in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Senegal, Ivory Coast and the UK. By adding value at source we are closer to our farmers and return more to communities through job creation, skills development and technology transfer.

To make it work, our business is founded on three core beliefs that make up what we call our Joint Effort Enterprise

OUR JOINT EFFORT ENTERPRISE CORE BELIEFS

We are strengthened by our Diversity

Diversity is the ‘Joint’ in the Joint Effort Enterprise and is one of the defining elements of our model. It reflects our commitment to breaking down the barriers that divide us and embracing the qualities that make us different.

Bound by our culture of Respect

Our culture is a key element of our JEE. Fundamentally, we believe that care for our people breeds care for our fruit, which in turn fosters a natural respect for the environment and the communities where we exist.

Driven by generating a Positive Return

Profit’ is all too often associated with corporate greed, but it shouldn’t be. Profit is essentially the positive net result of our actions, whether this is represented in financial terms or the impact we have on communities – it is all the same.

SUSTAINABILITY IS EMBEDDED IN OUR CULTURE

We believe that care for our people breeds care for our fruit, which in turn fosters a natural respect for the environment and the communities where we exist.

OUR BLUEPRINT

Our 2020 Blueprint is a set of commitments based on our top ten priorities as determined by our 2019 stakeholder engagement and leadership surveys.

ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE: We are committed to optimising the efficiency and profitability of our business, but never at the expense of our values.

WATER & EFFLUENTS: We are committed to using as little water as possible and ensuring that as much of it as possible comes from a sustainable source.

DIVERSITY & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: We believe we are stronger because of our diversity and we are committed to ensuring our people are treated equally regardless of age, gender, race or background.

HEALTH & SAFETY: We are committed to ensuring the safest and healthiest working environment for all our people.

EMPLOYMENT: We are committed to providing the best place to work and operating a seamless society where everyone feels equally valued and respected.

MATERIALS: We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of all our materials, in terms of how they are sourced, how they are used and how they are disposed of.

EFFLUENT & WASTE: We are committed to minimising the amount of waste that we produce and ensuring that as little of it as possible goes to landfill, and as much as it as possible is either reused or recycled.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: We are committed to ensuring zero unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or gender.

ENERGY: We are committed to using as little energy as possible and ensuring that as much of it as possible comes from a sustainable source.

TRAINING & EDUCATION: We are committed to ensuring all our people have the necessary training and education to fulfill their roles to their full potential.

Our additional 2020 commitment

EMISSIONS: We are committed to minimizing the emissions produced in the way we grow, manufacture and distribute our products.

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