We believe that forest and farmland assets—when well-managed—directly contribute to UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Our sustainability priorities
The foundation of our business is sustainably managing our clients' land. We call our approach "sustainability and responsible investing (SRI)" and through it we integrate environmental, social, and governance factors through all aspects of our business. Specifically, we focus on five priorities: climate stability, ecosystem resiliency, watershed protection, people empowerment, and community prosperity.
We seek to limit the impacts of climate change by responsibly using and managing land, creating carbon sequestration opportunities with our forests and farms, and mitigating climate change through investing in renewables and energy efficiency.
- 1.9 million tons of CO2 removed by our forests annually (5-year trailing average)
- ~330,000 tons of CO2 removed annually by our farms (5-year trailing average)
- 6.1 million carbon credits sold
- 7.5 MW solar capacity on our California farms
Healthy ecosystems provide immense value to the vitality of communities and economies. To ensure this for generations to come, we operate in a way that responsibly manages land and protects sensitive lands and biodiversity.
- 100% of our forests globally are certified sustainable
- 100% of our managed U.S. farmland are certified sustainable1
- 472,000 acres of sensitive forest lands protected
- 172 acres of pollinator habitats across our California orchards alone
Protecting and improving watersheds is vital for the ecosystems and communities that depend on them. We do this by adhering to strict water and land management policies and best practices, and supporting forest growth.
- 19,000 miles of stream protected within our forests
- 500 miles of stream protected within our farms
- 100% of permanent crop farms using water-saving technologies
We value our people, employees, and contractors and work to ensure that we are offering not only safe and healthy working environments but the tools, training, and support they need to thrive.
- 8,500 training hours
- 6.2 total injury frequency rate2
- 4.4 lost time injury frequency rate2
We're committed to supporting and strengthening the local and indigenous communities where we operate. We provide employment opportunities, public use of our land, engage with nongovernmental organizations, and support local causes as part of our community stewardship. By investing in land for agricultural and timber production, we help maintain vibrant rural communities.
- USD 560K+ company and employee charitable contributions
- 2.3 million acres of forest land open to unrestricted public access
1 As of May 17, 2021. Includes both third-party leased and directly operated assets. Oliver Williams, global head of agriculture, is current chair of the Board of Directors for Leading Harvest.
For more information on Leading Harvest, please see https://www.leadingharvest.org/about.For more information please see our 2020 timber and agriculture sustainability report.
2 Both are calculated as enterprise-wide weighted averages per one million hours worked and include all employees plus approximately 5,600 full-time equivalent contractors.
Certifications and memberships
As a steward of natural resources, we're committed to collaboration as a cornerstone of our business, and we seek to establish mutually beneficial relationships with organizations that can complement our strengths.
All logos are registered trademarks of the respective organizations/firms represented. All data as of December 31, 2021 unless otherwise noted.
1 Sustainable Forestry Initiative. 2 Forest Stewardship Council. 3 Global Impact Investing Network. 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 5 PRI. 6 World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 7 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. 8 Leading Harvest.
Our annual sustainability and responsible investing report includes our performance against metrics aligned with each of our five key SRI priorities as well as other external standards such as the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, and third-party certification systems.
Reports and important documents
In Our Nature: 2020 Report on Sustainability and Responsible Investing 2020 timberland and agriculture climate disclosure 2020 agriculture GHG verification 2020 timberland GHG verification 2020 Leading Harvest Audit Summary Report: Direct Operated Properties 2020 Leading Harvest Audit Summary Report: Tenant Operated Properties Investing Beyond Tomorrow: 2019 Report on Sustainability and Responsible Investing Investing Beyond Today: 2018 Report on Sustainability and Responsible Investing Sustainability and responsible investing (SRI) framework Zero-deforestation policy Materiality assessment summary
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