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OUR BRAND VALUES

Partnership

The new brand BE CLIMATE is the expression of the philosophy by which we have lived for decades: “Partner for Generations”. The entire Port team feels a close connection with all customers and business partners worldwide. We know that only together can we achieve success. In addition, we commit to the careful handling of all natural resources. In other words: We preserve them for the following generations.

Innovation

BE CLIMATE is the new climate neutral brand by Port International and the first brand to offer CO2 neutral fruit and vegetables. We keep our finger on the pulse and have a good grasp of what affects people and markets – which is apparent from us being the pioneer who already introduced Organic and Fairtrade products to the fruit industry at the end of the 1990s.

Credibility

We put our cards on the table. Because climate neutrality needs transparency. We honestly confess that we still have a long way ahead of us, but we promise to walk it with conviction and ensure transparency for everybody. BE CLIMATE offers a QR code or ID number, which every customer can easily use to check the concrete contribution he or she made when they decided to buy our climate neutral products.

WHAT DOES
CLIMATE NEUTRAL MEAN?

CALCULATION: CO2 FOOTPRINT

CO2 balance of the company and its products

REDUCTION: CO2 EMISSIONS

Climate protection strategy to reduce CO2 emissions

COMPENSATION: CO2 REMAINDER

Support of carbon offset projects

THE JOURNEY: CALCULATION. REDUCTION. COMPENSATION.

To us, climate neutral means that as a company, we act in a climate friendly way and offer our customers products whose CO2 emissions are compensated with the help of internationally recognised carbon offset projects, making it effectively possible for clients and consumers to protect our climate in an easy and comprehensible manner. To achieve this, we calculate the total CO2 emissions wherever possible and compensate the inevitable emissions by supporting certified carbon offset projects.

Of course, we know that climate neutral products are only the first step, which must be followed by many more. But this is a step we can take right now and for us, that’s what counts! Climate neutral fruit and vegetables, too, will continue to cause emissions. Therefore, in future, we will make it our goal to motivate our partners to look for innovative and climate friendly alternatives so that emissions shall be reduced to a minimum, not only inside Port International, but all along the supply chain.

THE CARBON OFFSET PROJECTS

DRINKING WATER PROJECT IN CAMBODIA

One quarter of the 16 million Cambodians does not have access to clean drinking water. As a consequence, water must be boiled which is done over an open fire with wood or coal. This does not only cause emissions but also leads to entire forests being cut down. With the help of a subsidised ceramic water filter system, the project supplies approximately 1.7 million people with clean drinking water, making the boiling with firewood superfluous and thus avoiding huge amounts of CO₂ emissions.

FOREST PROTECTION PROJECT MADRE DE DIOS IN PERU

The region Madre de Dios is a part of the Amazon rain forest. It is home to various indigenous peoples and its biodiversity is one of the greatest worldwide. Since 2009, the project protects an area of 100,000 hectares and helps local communities with sustainable management. Its main goal is to preserve the forest as a gigantic CO₂ storage. Measures include, among others, reforestation, sustainable forest management, and the creation of financial incentives to protect the woods.

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    Bio-Bananen

    Die Kennzeichnung “Bio” bedeutet, dass unsere Bananen nach dem Standard des ökologischen Anbaus angepflanzt und geerntet wurden. Diese landwirtschaftliche Methode zielt darauf ab, Lebensmittel unter der Verwendung natürlicher Substanzen und Prozesse zu produzieren, um die Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu begrenzen. Hierzu zählen:

    • Der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Energie und natürlichen Ressourcen,
    • die Erhaltung der biologischen Vielfalt,
    • die Erhaltung des regionalen ökologischen Gleichgewichts,
    • die Verbesserung der Bodenfruchtbarkeit, sowie
    • die Erhaltung der Wasserqualität.

     

    Im Gegensatz zu konventionellen Bananen werden bei den Bio-Qualitätsbananen ausschließlich Biodüngemittel und keine chemischen Pflanzenschutzmittel verwendet.

     

    Darüber hinaus fördern die Anforderungen des ökologischen Landbaus einen hohen Tierschutzstandard, bei dem die spezifischen Bedürfnisse von Tieren geachtet werden. Die Vorschriften der Europäischen Union über die biologische Landwirtschaft geben eine klare Struktur für die gesamten EU und sorgen so für eine vertrauenswürdige Kennzeichnung von Bioprodukten.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of green asparagus, you support the compensation of 31.3 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of blueberries, you support the compensation of 1.34 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of strawberries, you support the compensation of 0.86 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of clementines, you support the compensation of 0.43 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of bananas, you support the compensation of 0.75 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Organic Fairtrade bananas

    Our organic Fairtrade bananas not only come in organic quality, but are also Fairtrade certified. 

    The Fairtrade seal shows that our bananas originated from fair trade and that during their production, specific social, ecological and economic criteria were observed. All farmers who export Fairtrade bananas have the Fairtrade certification. Regular audits ensure that the relevant Fairtrade standards are adhered to.

    The seal assures the consumers that the small farmers and workers receive a stable and fair price for their fruits, a price that covers the costs of a sustainable production. In addition, a Fairtrade premium is paid for every products. The farmers, who are organised in cooperatives, decide for themselves what the premium is used for. Possible examples would be the construction of wells for drinking water, the construction or renovation of roads and schools, medical care or further education and trainings.

    So when they buy bananas with the Fairtrade seal, consumers help improve the living and working conditions of small producers all over the world.

    Organic bananas

    The label “organic” means that our bananas are cultivated and harvested according to the standard of organic farming. The aim of this agricultural method is to produce food by using only natural substances and processes with the objective of reducing the negative effects on the environment.

    Organic farming includes:

    • responsible use of energy and natural resources
    • conservation of the biological diversity
    • preservation of the regional ecological balance
    • improvement of soil fertility and
    • preservation of water quality

    As opposed to conventional bananas, high quality organic bananas are treated exclusively with organic fertilisers and never with chemical pesticides.

    The demands on organic farming also promote a higher animal protection standard that considers the specific needs of animals. The provisions of the European Union for organic agriculture give a clear structure to the entire EU, thereby ensuring a reliable labelling of organic products.