At Cobram Estate Olives we believe in a future where people and nature thrive in harmony.
It is estimated that food production globally is responsible for a third of all human driven greenhouse gas emissions and agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss.
With the world population set to reach 11 billion people by the end of this century, the need for sustainable food production has never been greater. The challenge is how to feed a growing population with less resources while protecting and restoring the ecosystems that we depend upon.
We accept our responsibility to current and future generations. If we consider the ‘EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health’, olives as a crop and extra virgin olive oil as a product are perfectly positioned to play a critical role in the sustainable production of food and the adoption of healthy and sustainable diets.
Our Sustainability Framework
The following framework represents an overview of topics that are important to Cobram Estate Olives in the context of sustainable development.
We are using this framework as a stepping stone to further develop our formal sustainability strategy that reflects the most material sustainability impacts, risks and opportunities to our business and stakeholders. Additionally, the strategy considers appropriate targets and commitments to drive improvements, as well as recognised reporting frameworks for effective transparency and disclosure.
Australian Financial Review – Sustainability Leaders
Cobram Estate Olives has been recognised for its innovation in sustainability by being awarded as an Australian Financial Review Sustainability Leader for the second year in a row. This recognition in the Agriculture & Environment category is a testament to the many years of investment behind our sustainable practices and our continuous improvement mindset.
Coles 2023 Sustainability Partner of the year award
The positive role that our product plays in sustainable supply chains was recognised by our retail partner Coles where we were awarded their 2023 Sustainability Partner of the Year award.
Coles has set ambitious targets on ‘Together to Zero Emissions’ and ‘Together to Zero Waste’. Cobram Estate’s production system results in a better than carbon neutral footprint and our farming system produces less than 0.5% operational waste, we are proud to be able to support our retail partners on their significant commitments.
Woolworths Supplier of the Year Awards 2022 – Better Tomorrow Award
Woolworths Supermarkets recognised our organisation as their sustainability supplier of the year in 2022, with Cobram Estate Olives receiving the Better Tomorrow Award. In a field of over 50 nominations, our organisation was selected as a winner for supporting Woolworths’ priority sustainability areas of People, Planet, Product.
We are a leading player in the global ‘modern’ olive industry, with brands incluing; Cobram Estate®, Red Island®, Wellgrove®, Modern Olives® and Oliv.iQ®.
Rob & Paul planted the first olive tree in 1998, which has matured into over 130 people working across multiple sites in Victoria, Australia, and California, USA.