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Sustainability

Community and human rights

Viterra is a large contributor to communities where we operate.

We are a major employer, with most of our employees living and working in regional areas. Where possible, we use local contractors and suppliers for our capital and maintenance projects which provide flow-on contributions for local business and economies. As a company we support many initiatives that benefit regional communities.

Supporting bushfire affected landholders

Following the devastating impact of the 2019/20 bushfires across South Australia, Viterra partnered with BlazeAid and Trees For Life to help fire affected communities rebuild and restore their land.

Many of our employees, contractors and customers live and work in regional South Australia and we understand recovery from natural disasters lasts for many months and years.

BlazeAid deploys trailers filled with tools and equipment to fire affected communities to help rebuild fencing and other fire damaged structures, and Trees For Life is focused on the long term regeneration of trees and bushland to support communities.

Viterra first worked with BlazeAid and Trees For Life following the 2015 Pinery bushfires in South Australia with a contribution made on behalf of the business and South Australian growers.

Viterra also stores BlazeAid‘s trailer fleet in a secure and undercover area, and in 2020, donated funds for the purchase of additional trailers. Each trailer allows an additional ten volunteers to be deployed to affected areas.

Our partnership with Trees For Life provided landholders directly affected by the 2019/20 bushfires with access to seedlings, tree guards and stakes through their Tree Scheme with a 50% discount to help restore land.

We wish all landholders all the best in recovery efforts going forward.

Read more on our partnerships in Viterra steps up bushfire recovery effort to help SA landholders and Viterra supports fire affected Yorke Peninsula rebuild.

Silo art

Viterra is proud to support silo art initiatives in the regional communities where we operate. We give in kind support and work closely with the local community group and/or council throughout the project while providing our silos as canvases.

Viterra is open to working with other regional communities on silo art projects. If you have questions about the silo art process and policies, please contact Kelly Cummings for more information via kelly.cummings@viterra.com or (08) 8304 5103.

Sponsorship and donation requests

Viterra is committed to supporting the regional communities in which we operate, through sponsorship and support for a range of grower groups, local community organisations and charities.

Our involvement in the grower community includes supporting the South Australian No-Till Farming Association (SANTFA), the MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG), Monarto Ag Bureau, South Australian Durum Growers Association (SADGA) and HART.

Viterra supports employee involvement in emergency service organisations by providing leave for employees who volunteer and participate in emergency situations and activities.

Viterra will consider sponsorship and donation requests that support the sustainability of the communities and industries in which we operate. Please send all relevant information to sponsorships@viterra.com. Please provide a reasonable timeframe for requests to be considered.

In most cases, sponsorships which include any of the following will not be considered:

  • activities that should be the responsibility, for the most part, of government at any level
  • are promoted by political or religious organisations, or that are religious or political in nature
  • are for other charities, foundations or general appeals and lotteries
  • are for individuals, including Viterra employees
  • are run by organisations or groups who discriminate or limit membership based on race, gender, beliefs, class or cultural considerations.

Our approach to human rights

Our approach includes our code of conduct, human rights policy and global anti-corruption policy. We also have a raising concerns programme, whistleblowing policy and compliance e-learning programme.

Throughout our operations, we seek to avoid complicity in human rights abuses, and to uphold relevant international standards.

We follow our global business' approach to human rights