ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kalera, one of the world’s leading hydroponic indoor vertical farming companies, today released its latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) report. , highlighting the company’s sustainability framework. Last year’s achievements and vision for 2030.
Carrera President and CEO Jim Layton said: “We strive to operate at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and contribute to alleviating the global challenges surrounding food security.”
Key takeaways from the report summarizing our efforts for the full calendar year 2021 include:
- Develop and sell safe and superior products. Kalera had zero product health and safety impact violations and zero product recalls in 2021. Kalera is locally grown and sold, producing 100% pesticide-free and non-GMO vegetables.
- Growing on earth. By using a closed-loop irrigation system, Kalera uses 95% less water and nearly 99% less land than traditional upland farming.
- Creating a diverse and safe workplace. This report underscores Carrera’s commitment to providing a workplace where diversity is welcomed and celebrated. Her 48% of US managers are from underrepresented groups, and her 25% of C-level and manager roles are occupied by women. Kalera is also reporting zero serious injuries in 2021 thanks to an employee training initiative that includes up to 12 hours of safety training per employee per year.
- growing community. Additionally, Carrera donates fresh produce to several food banks and charities in Orlando, Atlanta, and Houston.
- Strengthen the governance system. To strengthen its governance foundation, Carrera has established several Board committees, including Nomination and Governance, Talent and Compensation, Audit and Finance.
“We are proud of what we have achieved so far,” said Dr. Christian Thoma, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Carrera. “Based on his robust ESG framework, we are confident that the goals we have set for the next decade are achievable and poised to continue as a leader in the vertical farming industry.”
Carrera has his sights set on several goals for 2030, including becoming carbon neutral. The company also plans to further reduce water usage, move to biodegradable growing media, use only widely recyclable packaging, and eliminate organic waste from landfills.
“The need for safe, reliable and sustainable agriculture has never been more important,” Leighton said. “Carrera is part of that solution, with a clear path to deliver the results our community needs to thrive.”
To view the full Carrera 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, please visit: bit.ly/Kalera2021ESGFor more information, visit kalera.com.
Carrera is a vertical farming company headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Kalera uses technology to give more people around the world access to the freshest, most nutritious and cleanest products available. Over the years, the company has optimized plant nutritional formulas and developed advanced automation and data acquisition systems with internet of things, cloud, big data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities. Carrera currently operates farms in the United States (Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Denver) and Kuwait. Additional farms are under development. For more information, please visit www.kalera.com.
*Underrepresented categories are determined by Carrera’s self-selected areas of job applications and include African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander communities.