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Our Commitment to Sustainability

 

At Cadiz, we believe we have an obligation to our employees, our community, our investors, our customers, and the environment to operate our business sustainably.  As a natural resources development company, our growth can only occur in a sustainable partnership with the environment and our local partners. By focusing on sustainable water and agricultural projects, Cadiz is proud to be a positive contributor to the world well beyond our own operational boundaries.

Our Purpose

We are committed to sustainably providing reliable water access and agricultural opportunities for all Californians.

Our Mission

 

Our mission is to support communities that lack reliable access to clean, affordable water needed for economic growth and an equitable quality of life by improving California’s water transportation network and delivering sustainable water supply and storage solutions while cultivating sustainable farming opportunities.

 

It is our great responsibility to carefully protect the earth’s precious resources we hold, while harnessing their power to benefit those who lack reliable access to water and the many benefits it provides.

 

We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission as good stewards of our land and water resources while also respectfully embracing innovation as we deliver sustainable, long-term solutions.

 

With purpose and principle, we invite all stakeholders to hold us accountable and encourage continual progress in our mission while remaining mindful of all who are impacted by our work.

Our Values

At Cadiz, we are driven by our purpose and our mission and our values are the foundation on which
we work to build a more sustainable future for communities in California.

 

Determined

in our pursuit of solutions.

 

Dedicated

to delivering safe, affordable, and reliable water to our communities.

 

Purposeful

in building relationships with our stakeholders.

 

Principled

in the management and conservation of our resources.

 

Sustainable

in strategy development and operational execution.

STAKEHOLDERS

COMMUNITIES

Supporting our neighbors and local communities is foundational for our success.

INVESTORS

We regularly engage with our long-term investors and seek their feedback on our strategy and ESG practices.

PARTNERS / PARTICIPANTS

We are dedicated to working collaboratively with public water agencies to implement the Cadiz Water Project.

GOVERNMENT

Our business cannot succeed without the support of our local governments and regulators.
We have built long-term, transparent relationships and work hard to address concerns and earn support and approval for our projects.

EMPLOYEES

We provide our employees with the opportunity for a fulfilling and engaging career.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

Some of our projects concern certain environmental groups and we are committed to engaging in constructive conversations to understand
their concerns and work to find mutually beneficial outcomes that support the environment.

Our Impact

Guided by our purpose, mission, and values; Cadiz seeks to create long-term value for our shareholders and stakeholders by being dedicated to sustainability in everything we do. This commitment to corporate responsibility aligns Cadiz with the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our commitment to these goals reflects our clear vision for Cadiz’s continued commitment to sustainable practices and a greener, more equitable future.
Our approach is centered around three vital pillars:

ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP

WATER
MANAGEMENT

STAKEHOLDER
FOCUS

From the Top

“Good stewardship of our land, water and infrastructure assets bears an important legacy in our local community and beyond. That is why we are committed to serving our stakeholders through the most innovative, efficient, and beneficial use of our land and water resources.”

Scott Slater, CEO

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

 

Cadiz has been a part of the eastern Mojave Desert community for over 30 years and is committed to protecting our desert environment. We pledge to manage our resources sustainably while creating significant environmental benefits from natural land preservation and the protection of desert water systems. Our goal is not just to avoid environmental harm, but to also to improve the ecosystem within which we operate. At Cadiz, we embrace our role as caretakers of our land in the Mojave Desert and will continually adapt to align with best practices and the guidelines of our key stakeholders.

 

SPECIES PROTECTION

 

We are proud of Cadiz’s Fenner Valley Desert Tortoise Conservation Bank.  At 7,400 acres of habitat, it is the largest California approved land conservation bank dedicated to the mitigation of impacts of development on the desert tortoise, a state and federal threatened species. We will continue to be leaders in this area while maintaining strict adherence with all local, state and federal laws governing species protection including the federal and state Endangered Species Acts.

 

Please click Desert Tortoise Preserve (cadizinc.com) for more information about The Desert Tortoise Preserve.

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

Cadiz is committed to being part of the solution to slash carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change. To support this effort, we are focused on powering our projects with renewable energy, including solar, wind, and hydropower, whenever possible. We will also make our lands available for leasing to commercial solar power production, hydropower and other renewable energy power generation systems that may be suitable for our contiguous desert lands or infrastructure assets.

 

PERMANENT LAND CONSERVATION

 

Cadiz recognizes the economic, social, and environmental benefits of land conversation. Our responsible approach to land preservation reflects our commitment to preserving our local and regional environment for current and future generations. We have pledged to offer irrevocable dedication of land surface conversation easements.

 

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

 

In 2021, Cadiz is celebrating 35 years of sustainable agriculture in the Cadiz Valley. We currently manage the largest agricultural operation in San Bernardino County with a crop mix of fruits, vegetables, and grains. The operation offers many partnership opportunities as well as local jobs and economic opportunity.  Desert farming also offers an opportunity for soil enhancement and pesticide free, organic farming to ensure long-term desert preservation.

 

Please click Agriculture (cadizinc.com) for more information on Cadiz’s agricultural efforts.

 

For more information on Cadiz’s environmental stewardship efforts, please click Cadiz Water Project | Protecting the Desert

WATER MANAGEMENT

 

Strong water management is at the heart of our business and the Cadiz Water Project. Ensuring the optimal, long‐term, sustainable use of our water resources is critical to delivering on our purpose. This includes managing the groundwater supply in a manner that will not result in environmental harm. We hold ourselves accountable to strong water management practices through our principles, our transparency, and our work with partners.

 

GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION

 

We are committed to a principled, well-governed approach to managing the groundwater at our properties in order to deliver water resources sustainably over the long-term. The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (“The Cadiz Water Project”) is designed to capture and conserve billions of gallons of renewable native groundwater flowing beneath our property in California’s Mojave Desert that is currently being lost to evaporation and salt contamination at nearby dry lakes. Through the active management of the aquifer system and employing a state-of-the-art groundwater protection program, the Project will reduce the loss of groundwater to evaporation from the dry lakes and put this water to beneficial use and create a reliable water supply for Southern California. We anticipate that The Cadiz Water Project will conserve approximately 500 billion gallons of fresh water over the 50-year life of the Project.

 

Please click here for more information about The Cadiz Water Project.

 

Our Water Project is based on a comprehensive Groundwater Management, Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (GMMMP), which was designed by leading groundwater experts, reviewed by an independent Groundwater Stewardship Committee, approved by California’s Courts, and is enforced by San Bernardino County. The GMMMP includes over 100 monitoring features and ensures continuous monitoring of groundwater levels throughout the project’s lifespan.  Adjustments to address any unexpected results are a key feature of the GMMMP.

 

Importantly, the GMMMP protects the public interest by giving independent and final authority to the local County government.  It can address any impacts or potential impacts identified by monitoring and make corrective measures when needed. The GMMMP includes a “hard floor” that will stop all operations if reached.

 

As evidence of the sustainability of Cadiz’s groundwater use, our 35 year agricultural operations have resulted in no significant drawdown – the water table in Cadiz in 2020 was at an all-time high.

 

Please click here for more information about our Ground Water Management Plan.

 

 

RESOURCE EVALUATION & REPORTING

 

We understand that The Cadiz Water Project is of interest to and impacts many people. We are committed to regularly evaluating and reporting on the Project.

 

The Cadiz Water Project has undergone several public environmental reviews and approvals. We have worked hard to ensure that we understand and address the concerns of the entities that have and will continue to review our project. Please click here for more information about our public reviews and for a copy of the Santa Margarita Water District’s Final Environmental Impact Report.

 

In addition to regulatory reviews, we complete regular assessments of available water resources in the field by monitoring precipitation, aquifer recharge, total quantities of groundwater in storage, and the safe quantity of dewatered storage that may be made available for a conjunctive use project without harming the underlying aquifer system or ecosystems that depend upon it.

 

We appreciate that transparency into the Project’s operations is key to maintaining stakeholder support. Our Groundwater Management Plan, or GMMMP, includes a vast monitoring network that will supply data monthly to the Project operator, Fenner Valley Water Authority. That data will then be reviewed by a Technical Review Panel (TRP) comprised of experts appointed by the County. The Panel will advise the operator and County if adjustments to the Project’s operations are needed.  All TRP reports will be made available to the public.

 

 

LOCAL PRIORITY OF WATER USE

 

Core to our mission, we are committed to providing reliable water access and agricultural opportunities for all Californians. The highest priority of water from the Cadiz Water Project will be given to reasonable and beneficial uses on the overlying Cadiz property, including but not limited to agriculture, domestic, environmental, or renewable energy.

 

In addition to immediate proximity water use, we anticipate supporting a new, safe, affordable, and sustainable water supply for 400,000 people in Southern California through the Cadiz Water Project. For more information about the many people who will benefit from the Cadiz Water Project across the Southern California community, please visit “Stakeholder Focus.” (or “Community”)

STAKEHOLDER FOCUS

 

Cadiz is actively engaged with stakeholders to support sustainable long-term prosperity. The company understands and embraces its place in society and believes in the societal benefits that will come from producing reliable water for the communities in California that need it most.

 

ACTIVE IN LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITY

 

Cadiz actively participates in local, state, national, and international efforts to promote sustainability, particularly those efforts focused on water.

 

Globally, Cadiz is a member of The United Nations Global Compact (Homepage | UN Global Compact) which calls on companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

 

Locally, Cadiz has a long-standing commitment to our County and ensuring benefits are realized in the places where we operate.

 

Our Cadiz Water Project has earned the support of more than 70 individuals, elected officials, and prominent organizations. It is expected that the Cadiz Water Project will inject $878 million into the local economy and create and support more than 3,000 jobs in its first phase.  We have pledged to hire local community members, including 10% of jobs dedicated for veterans, and dedicate 80% of investment in construction materials to local San Bernardino County businesses.

 

Our JV partnership SoCal Hemp executed an MOU in 2020 with local Victor Valley College to support VVC’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Department’s ongoing research into best practices for farming hemp in a desert environment, while fostering practical educational opportunities for VVC students pursuing careers in the agriculture industry.

 

We are also active in local species preservation, including the siting of an Agassiz desert tortoise head start program at the Cadiz Ranch in partnership with the San Diego Zoo, US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Land Management and  Edwards Air Force Base.

 

 

AIDING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

 

Aligned with California legislature, which views the access to clean water as a basic human right, Cadiz is focused on improving access to water in all California communities, particularly disadvantaged communities that lack reliable access to clean drinking water. According to the state of California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, more than 1 million people in California do not have reliable access to clean drinking water. Our projects seek to address the nexus of small water systems, disadvantaged communities, and poor water quality.

 

As part of our commitment to this effort, in 2018 the Southern California Clean Water Fund was established by the Fenner Valley Water Authority and Cadiz Inc. The $5 million private fund is dedicated to addressing water quality issues in disadvantaged communities in the five Southern California counties the Cadiz Water Project will serve upon completion. Following its own experience addressing water treatment requirements, Cadiz Inc. initiated the Fund to provide a private mechanism to supplement public funding for communities in need. Cadiz is proud to support this program which is the only dedicated private funding source for water quality issues in California. To learn more about the Clean Water Fund, click here.

 

HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AT CADIZ

 

At Cadiz, we recognize the value of attracting, developing, and retaining a focused, talented team of employees to drive our long-term success. The leadership team sets our long-term human capital management strategy, and the Compensation Committee meets with management regularly to discuss and provide oversight over important topics like diversity, equity, & inclusion, engagement, and mentorship. As a small workforce, we focus on skill sharing and experience diversity in the workplace in order to promote development, an open culture, and high employee engagement. Our employees often work directly with senior leadership and/or Board members in pursuit of business objectives, providing them with unique mentorship and development opportunities. We have a loyal, dedicated team of people that is committed to working together to fulfill our mission.  To learn more about our team and leadership, click here.