ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

As a Group, environmental stewardship is a key responsibility of our management which carries both financial and physical risks. This necessitates the Group to take appropriate measures to minimise the effects on the environment while being proactive to monitor our impacts.

OUR STRATEGY

In upholding our responsibility on the environment as a natural capital, the Group ensures that operations are in compliance with environmental laws, voluntary and international best practices and standards. We identify waste and effluent from our factories, evaluate potential risks and take appropriate measures to control or ensure appropriate disposals are undertaken with minimum impacts. We observe environmental standards procedures within the Group to minimise impacts on the ecosystem, biodiversity and climate.

WASTE AND EFFLUENT

Our Management Approach

The Group ensures that disposal of waste and effluent meet environmental laws, statutory obligations and international best practices and standards. Our Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Officers evaluate disposal methods and ensure that approved disposal methods are in line with our environmental stewardship values, statutory and international best practices and standards. The table below analyses our waste type, disposal method and volume during the reporting year.

Waste TypeDisposal MethodUnit20202019201820172016
Solid WastesLandfill and CompostTons1,0092,5062,7461,0301,897
Chicken manureGrass pasture spreadTons4,9285,5475,2486,0756,543
Maturation (rich with Phosphate)Pond IrrigationCubic ml14,76019,10856,13552,15648,987
Sweepings mixed with sandContainerway disposalTons8931,849665561925
Polyethylene PlasticsSold for recyclingTons689837616629699

The Group continues to ensure that waste is disposed appropriately and in a responsible manner. We will continue to put in place measures to ensure that all waste is separated and quantified appropriately.

PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The Group undertook the following to mitigate negative impacts on the natural environment:

  • —  Regular air and water quality measuring and monitoring with record submitted for evaluation with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).
  • —  Regular repair of generators and equipment to reduce emissions.
  • —  Use registered and approved companies for waste management.
  • —  Facilities separate waste and reuse all recyclable materials via licenced third party.
  • —  Excess water from evaporation ponds irrigated onto star grass pasture in accordance with EMA requirements.

ENERGY, WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Achieving energy efficient and sustainable water consumption remains a priority for the Group. As a Light Manufacturing Group, energy and water are fundamental in our operations. The Group continues to seek alternative strategies for managing and responding to energy, water and climate change imperatives.

Our Strategy

The Group remains committed to principles of energy and water efficiency in the business value chain. We recognise climate change as a strong emerging business challenge which has financial implications. Our strategy is to monitor our own carbon footprint and water usage with the goal of ensuring that we play our part in minimising negative impacts from our business operations.

ENERGY

Our Management Approach

The Group ensures that manufacturing operations are energy efficient and achieve low energy intensity. All new equipment is evaluated for efficiency on procurement. We continue to explore alternative clean energy sources to invest in. All our employees are encouraged to conserve energy in all non-core manufacturing areas. The table below presents energy consumption (within and outside the Group) during the reporting period:

Energy Consumption – Within the Organisation

Energy TypeUnit20202019201820172016
ElectricityMWH68,099100,27293,56987,11564,888
Heating (Coal)Tons4,1775,7042,0392,6373,997
Fuel for OvensLitres5,474,4934,561,2774,615,3743,533,3302,746,268

Energy Consumption – Outside the Organisation

Energy TypeUnit20202019201820172016
DieselLitres7,332,2918,509,2346,970,9407,459,7806,890,361
PetrolLitres849,662524,646596,011655,754503,623
Total8,181,9539,033,8807,566,9518,115,5647,393,984

Diesel
Solar

WATER RESOURCE

The Group ensures that manufacturing operations are energy efficient and achieve low energy intensity. All new equipment is evaluated for energy efficiency on procurement. We continue to explore alternative clean energy sources to invest in. All our employees are encouraged to conserve energy in all non-core manufacturing areas. The table below presents energy consumption (within and outside the Group) during the reporting period.

Our Management Approach

The Group requires all business units to measure and report their water consumption for sustainable water management. Our approach is that we minimise water leakages and wastage within our business premises. Below are the sources of water and quantities withdrawn from each of the sources:

SourceUnit20202019201820172016
Surface (from dams)353,982473,358451,162262,833138,671
Ground Water (Borehole)1,195,260938,282837,064693,531807,544
Municipal Water Supplies141,945215,321215,56797,665146,514
Total1,691,1871,626,9611,503,7931,044,0291,092,729

Water-by-source
Water

CLIMATE CHANGE

We recognise that our operations contribute to climate change in some way. It is our responsibility that our businesses respond to climate change protection and mitigation calls. The Group took the initiative to constantly monitor and disclose our carbon footprint in our value chain. We considered the use of Carbon Disclosure Standards (CDS) developed by the Carbon Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Standards for our disclosures. The Group converts its fuel and electricity consumption into carbon emission equivalency.

Our Management Approach

As a Group, we support climate protection by recognising that we have a part to play. Climate change impacts some of our businesses that heavily rely on water usage and on agricultural inputs. Our goal is to report our carbon footprint across the value chain of all our businesses. For this reporting year, we calculated carbon emission equivalency using the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) (United Kingdom) Emission Factors on fuel usage and Ecometrica Emission factors for Zimbabwe on electricity. Our Carbon footprint is presented below according to Scopes 1 and 2.

Scope 1: Direct Emissions

Scope 1 Relates to direct emission arising from business activities within our control and ownership. During the year, Scope 1 carbon emission equivalency was as follows:

Emissions SourcesUnit20202019201820172016
Bio and Fossil Fuels (Petrol, Diesel and Coal)*kg CO2e/Litre49,479,14236,749,82436,525,41035,936,32927,388,102

*We used emission factors issued by DEFRA

Scope 2: Indirect Emissions

Scope 2 Relates to emissions released into the atmosphere from consumption or use of electricity energy generated by third parties or sources we do not have control. During the year, our indirect emissions were as follows:

Emissions SourcesUnit20202019201820172016
ElectricityKg CO2/kWh23,941,02949,352,27437,506,45257,851,36443,090,849

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

During the year, the Group was involved in various climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies as regards to energy needs and efficiency assessments.

BIODIVERSITY

We recognise that biodiversity is critical in sustainability of the ecological system. Two of our businesses operate farms which interact with biodiversity. Therefore, our businesses take responsibility of ensuring that appropriate systems are in place to minimise negative impacts and manage our interaction with the areas.

Our Management Approach

The Group monitors interactions between the operations and the areas considered as biodiversity. Our businesses ensure that no waste is discharged into biodiversity areas. We also monitor human activities for ensuring than any interaction do not negatively impact or disturb the natural ecological setting. Below is the space considered as biodiversity area:

 Unit20202019201820172016
Biodiversity AreaHectares4,0614,0614,0614,0614,061