ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

As a Group, environment 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

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 MethodUnit2018201720162015
Solid WastesLandfill and CompostTons2,7461,0301,8972,966
Chicken manureGrass pasture spreadTons5,2486,0756,5437,560
Maturation (rich with Phosphate)Pond IrrigationCubic ml56,13552,15648,98746,800
Sweepings mixed with sandContainerway disposalTons665561925118
Polyethylene PlasticsSold for recyclingTons616629699449

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.

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 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:

Energy Consumption – Within the Organisation

Energy TypeUnit2018201720162015
ElectricityMWH93,56987,11564,88866,145
Heating (Coal)Tons2,0392,6373,9972,303
Fuel for OvensLitres4,615,3743,533,3302,746,2682,818,076

Energy Consumption – Outside the Organisation

Energy TypeUnit2018201720162015
DieselLitres6,970,9407,459,7806,890,3615,423,142
PetrolLitres596,011655,754503,623135,509
Total7,566,9518,115,5647,393,9845,558,651

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WATER RESOURCE

Water is a fundamental resource in our manufacturing processes and operations, and is utilised in our core processes as a cleaning agent, solvent, boiler steam, coolant and in product manufacturing. We are committed to responsible use of this valuable resource in our entire value chain by ensuring that we constantly monitor our consumption from different sources.

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 quantifies withdrawn from each of the sources:

SourceUnit2018201720162015
Surface (from dams)451,162262,833138,671174,784
Ground Water (Borehole)837,064693,531807,544934,438
Municipal Water Supplies215,56797,665146,514293,797
Total1,503,7931,044,0291,092,7291,403,019

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CLIMATE CHANGE

We recognise that our operations contribute to climate change in some way. It is our responsibility that we respond to climate change protection and mitigation calls. We 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 Disclosures Standards Board (CDSB) and Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Standards for our disclosures. We convert our 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 the 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 SourcesUnit2018201720162015
Bio and Fossil Fuels (Petrol, Diesel and Coal)*kg CO2e/Litre36,749,82436,525,41035,936,32927,388,102

* New conversion factors were used for 2018, issued out 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 SourcesUnit2018201720162015
ElectricityKg CO2/kWh37,506,45257,851,36443,090,84943,925,598

BIODIVERSITY

We recognise that biodiversity is critical in sustainability of the ecological system. Two of our businesses operate farms which interact with biodiversity. Therefore, we 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. We 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:

 Unit2018201720162015
Biodiversity AreaHectares4,0614,0614,0614,061