Sustainability is the core of our business
“As a company we have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves—are you being efficient? Are you doing the right things for energy, water, and waste? Are we treating our people right?” ~Butch Corda, General Manger Ippolito International
Whether it is in the processing facility, our business offices, or on our ranches, Ippolito International has always been committed to sustainability practices in all areas of our operations.
This means reducing the use of precious resources, doing more with less through increasing efficiency, and providing good jobs for our employees while using good business management practices for building a sustainable company.
We understand you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it, so in 2015 we began formalizing and benchmarking our practices and processes by completing an industry recognized Sustainability Self-Assessment for all Salinas-based Ippolito operations.
Here are some areas of focus for us:
• Crop protection and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
• Ecosystems & biodiversity
• Energy, fertilizer, water management
• Soil management and conservation
• Waste reduction and materials management
IPM is an approach to pest management that has been in practice since the 1970s. And, Ippolito International has been committed to Integrated Pest Management principles from the beginning. Crop rotation, continuous monitoring of insect presence at the field level, use of insect-resistant vegetable seed varieties, deliberate selection of low-pest-pressure growing locations, and working with our knowledge of pest lifecycles within those growing locations are all standard IPM practices which we employ.