Zespri is the world’s largest marketer of kiwi fruit, selling its products in more than 50 countries. The company was formed as a co-operative of kiwi fruit growers in New Zealand in 1997. Today, it works with around 2,800 New Zealand and 1,500 international growers and post-harvest companies to supply kiwi fruit through distribution partners to wholesale and retail customers. Zespri fruit is grown in New Zealand, Italy, France, Japan and Korea. Zespri’s portfolio of kiwi fruit varieties includes SunGold, Green and Organic, which are exported exclusively from New Zealand to all countries other than Australia.
While it ranks 22th in the agricultural products and commodities segment, Zespri is the best performer among its direct peers involved in the production and distribution of fresh produce. When compared to other companies active in the agricultural commodities segment, the company ranks in the top three in nutrition, showing a leading practice in its commitment to food safety. While the company performs above average in environment, it falls behind its peers in the leading positions because of its weaker performance on key topics such as soil health and water use. With regard to social inclusion, it is positioned in the middle of the segment ranking, demonstrating room for strengthening its commitments to protect workers’ rights. Unlike many of its segment peers, Zespri lacks disclosure on initiatives to support smallholder farmers productivity and resilience.
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