For every delicious tomato we sell, a premium is paid into our fund. This fund is managed by the Desert Joy Fairtrade Premium Committee, which is made up of Desert Joy employees specially appointed to ensure a representative cross-section of our organisation. After all, that's only fair! Employees have the freedom to choose, and every vote is equal.
The Committee evaluates ideas, makes proposals, and coordinates projects. with Desert Joy's management merely serving as an advisor. Every project can make the difference. Bit by bit, the projects create a better world for our employees, their families, and the environment they live in. So as well as tasting good, our tomatoes are also doing good!
The results of the projects:
- A lunch every day
In January, we bought a professional kitchen using the profits from our Fairtrade tomatoes. This enables us to provide our 400 employees with a healthy cooked lunch every day. A permanent chef prepares lunch using ingredients from local farmers, butchers, and bakers.
- We work on better health care
Now that the kitchen is up and running, our employees have chosen a new good cause. They opted for good health as their next priority area.
Every month, a doctor or other health professional with a certain specialisation visits the Desert Joy company. Employees can visit them if they need to. So far, the company has welcomed a dentist and an ophthalmologist. There has also been a visit from a doctor providing information on nutrition, such as reducing the amount of sugar and salt used in food. Another expert came to tell us about the correct working posture. In this way, we can take preventative action to ensure better health.