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Sustainability summary

Sixaola has achieved the A-label. That score makes the brand one of the most sustainable brands in its sector. Sixaola scores all possible points on climate protection. Also in terms of environmental friendly production standards Sixaola bananas scores very well. Furthermore good labour standards are implemented. We therefore recommend buying Sixaola bananas.

Brand owner: Platanera Rio Sixaola, S.A.
Head office: BriBri – Talamanca, Costa Rica
Sector: Bananas & Pineapple
Categories : Bananas
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Sixaola sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 January 2016 by Mario
Last reviewed: 23 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

6 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Platanera Rio Sixaola (kurz: Sixaola) implements several measures to keep its climate footprint neutral, such as generating renewable energy for its entire energy use. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Sixoala reports, that in FY 14/15 a surplus of 132 tons of carbon dixode was achieved. That means more greenhouse gas emissions were absorbed instead of emitted into the atmosphere. This is mainly because of the generation and entire use of renewable energy, and absorption of greenhouse gases by the plants on its plantation. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 2. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 2. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? See remark for climate protection policy question 2. Sixaola's production is already climate neutral. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? At Sixaola the production itself, as well as sale and exports is all operated by Platanera Rio Sixaola. Sixaola's production is climate neutral. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

6 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 5% of its volume? Sixoala's production conforms, respectively exceeds environmental standards such as Rainforest Alliance (see also link at next question). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Sixaola reports, that all non-organic materials are to 100% recycled, or if not possible, properly disposed of. However, Sixaola doesn't report on the annual consumer and / or product packaging volumes/weights per material type. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? See remark for Environmental Protection Policy question 7. However, Sixaola does not yet publish its annual waste volumes/weights per material type. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

7 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Sixaola implements measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions. However, it isn't specified whether payments for plantation workers exceed premium rates like the 'Fairtrade premium for Hired Labour'. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? Sixoala's production conforms, respectively exceeds social standards such as Rainforest Alliance (see also link at next question). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase 100% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of banana and pineapple suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of bananas and pineapples? At Sixaola the production itself, as well as sale and exports is all operated by Platanera Rio Sixaola. Source