Today, we unveiled new sustainability commitments in our 2014-2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The report, which is available here, highlights our passion for producing food responsibly and our unrelenting focus on using our resources to make a positive and lasting impact on our planet. In addition to announcing 2025 environmental targets, we fulfilled our 2016 commitment to source 100 percent of the cocoa powder used to produce our North American brands, expanded our 100 percent sustainable cocoa commitment to our European Alpro brand, and pledged to reduce sugar in Alpro products by 12.5 percent by 2020.
In the past two years, we’ve reduced waste to landfill by 52 percent and water use by 6 percent. And through our commitment to continuous improvement, by 2025, production across all brands will require 20 percent less water and energy and result in 20 percent less waste and greenhouse gas emissions per pound of product.
At WhiteWave, we aim to change the way the world eats for the better®. Our 2014-2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report outlines this vision and activities in key areas:
- Cultivating a Responsible Food System: Our environmental achievements to date, including: resource conservation, efficient operations, responsible sourcing and sustainable agriculture
- Illuminating Better Options: Our commitment to quality, food safety, transparent labeling, consumer education and sustainable packaging
- Empowering Employees: Our initiatives to inspire employees through meaningful engagement, diversity & inclusion, and philanthropy
These are just some of the many ways our brands – and, more importantly, our people behind them – are changing the way the world eats for the better by producing food responsibly and caring for people and the planet.
Yesterday we had Andrea Suponcic visiting from Greenhouse Scholars to share with us about their annual fundraiser Venus de Miles. Colorado’s largest women’s non-competitive road ride will be taking place August 27th in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Prospect Park in Longmont Colorado. This celebration of sisterhood and community benefits Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit that helps support extraordinary college students from low income communities with scholarship, mentorship, and resources they need to be successful throughout college. WhiteWave is excited to be assembling their team of riders and volunteers for the event, click here to register your team today!
In support of our Value “Integrity to Produce Food Responsibly”, WhiteWave had a Lunchtime Takeover today, focusing on the theme of sustainability. We heard from our Corporate Sustainability group, and Eric Lombardi, Executive Director for Eco-Cycle International, spoke about how we can help to make a positive impact as a corporation and as individuals.
And we want to extend a special thank you to Growing Gardens, 36 Commuting Solutions, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, The Xerces Society, and Source Office’s Green Purchasing Program, who gathered in our lobby to share about their partnership with WhiteWave and ways we can further our commitment to a sustainable future! Be sure to check out the photos below.
WhiteWave is taking another exciting step in its journey to change the way the world eats for the better – we have just entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Danone. Based in Paris, France, Danone is a leading global food company committed to helping people adopt healthier choices and lifestyles and bettering the planet for current and future generations – making it a perfect cultural match with WhiteWave.
Danone’s experience in fresh dairy products, water, and nutrition will be complemented by WhiteWave’s expertise in plant-based foods and beverages, organic dairy, fresh foods, and coffee creamers and beverages. Together, we will be able to offer a more diverse product portfolio to more consumers in more places around the world. You can learn more about this news on the WhiteWave website.
After undergoing LEED’s Construction Review, we are excited to announce the WhiteWave Technical Innovation Center in Louisville was awarded the LEED Gold Certification. LEED-Certified buildings are resource efficient, by using less water and energy and reducing greenhouse gas. Receiving this certification is a true reflection of our commitment to sustainability and drive to find new and innovative solutions for reducing our environmental impact.
We scored particularly well in the following categories:
- Water Efficiency; by employing ways to reduce water usage throughout the building.
- Innovation in Design; educating users about the sustainable functions at the Technical Innovation Center.
- Energy and Atmosphere; where we optimize energy performance with the use of lighting, appliances, and implementing green power.
At WhiteWave we firmly believe it is our responsibility to produce food responsibly. We continue to hold ourselves accountable by being leaders in the sustainability space while striving to change the way the world eats for the better. Congratulations and thank you to all who helped make this certification possible.
We are thrilled to announce Alpro won Brand of the Year at this year’s Grocer Gold Awards, according to UK outlet, The Grocer! The award recognizes outstanding performance by an existing brand in response to changing trade or consumer needs. Here’s what the judges had to say about Alpro, “These brilliant sales results, have been achieved through strong innovation, focused vision, and a single-minded purposes-bringing what was once a niche diet and food intolerance options to a mainstream audience” (The Grocer, Brand of the Year). Congrats Alpro!
The final results from the Corporate Challenge 2016 are in and we are excited to share we reached a new Colorado grand total! We had a 91% participation rate from employees, through online donations and by volunteering at local fundraising events, where Colorado employees raised $105,767. With the WhiteWave dollar-for-dollar match, that brings our total contribution to $211, 534 raised for Community Food Share. That is a total donation of 634,600 meals to feed those in need across the Broomfield and Boulder counties.
This year, we encouraged all of our U.S. employees to Share What We Do Well and to embrace the Compete to Beat Corporate Challenge. Several locations rallied for this cause for the first time and contributed to their local Feeding America food bank. A total of 15 sites outside of Colorado raised $19,230 and the dollar-for-dollar match brought the total donations to $38,460 or 115,380 meals to their local communities.
These results and the overall participation this year is truly remarkable! Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for continuing to Share What We Do Well. To learn more ways you can get involved with Community Food Share click here.
We are thrilled to have been a part of this year’s Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. As mentioned previously, during the past four days thought leaders, brand innovators, designers, and global business leaders gathered together and explored issues regarding sustainability. Several representatives from WhiteWave spoke at the conference on many topics pertinent to achieving sustainability for brands. These panel discussions are highlighted below:
Teaming Up: Activating nonprofit partners to enhance programs and achieve impact
During this panel attendees heard from Matthew Hargarten, Director of Communications at WhiteWave Foods Company and Paul LaCaruba, Manager of Public Affairs for the National Hockey League.
Panelists shared experiences working with nonprofit partners to activate purpose, discussing what has worked and the challenges that have arisen. Over the last decade, WhiteWave and other corporations have worked closely with nonprofits to build effective partnerships to inspire growth and further activate their respective purposes. Nonprofits have helped WhiteWave and NHL take a holistic approach to environmental sustainability. This includes taking responsibility for emissions and/or water use associated with products and events, carbon offsets, and supporting water restoration projects.
Throwing Purpose and Weight Behind Water Conservation & Restoration
Throughout this panel we heard from Manager of Corporate Sustainability, Hansel New at WhiteWave as well as Rob Zimmerman Sr. Channel Manager of Sustainability, Kohler Co. and Kirk Myers Manager of Sustainability at REI Co-op.
Panelists shared how this global issue has a direct impact on WhiteWave’s products, its supply chain, WhiteWave stakeholders, and our communities. By activating their purpose and joining other corporate leaders, WhiteWave has committed to supporting Change the Course, a first-of-its-kind national water initiative that engages the public, corporations and the conservation community in restoring water for people and nature.
The conversation focused on many key elements including, the importance of water conservation and the responsibility and role of companies regarding water restoration.
We are truly honored to have been included in this year’s conference and look forward to advocating for the many topics discussed with likeminded companies throughout the year.
Our dairy-free brand Silk® has just launched a “Do Plants” initiative, that celebrates the benefits of making plants part of your daily routine.
Tennis star Venus Williams and music producer/social media personality DJ Khaled are both advocates for plant-based food and beverages and will be featured in the new campaign. Here’s what they have to say: Venus Williams, “I believe in the power of plant-based eating, and as an athlete and businesswoman I always need to feel my best,” Williams said. “That’s why I’m working with Silk on something I feel passionate about – the amazing things that come when people ‘do plants.’” DJ Khaled says, “I love new challenges and finding ways to improve myself, and Silk is a key part of my plant-based lifestyle,” Khaled said. “I hope this campaign will inspire others to give it a try.”
Silk® will be celebrating plants all year with the “Path to Plants” digital series, featuring Williams, Khaled and others who recognized plants as an integral part of their lives. Join the discussion via social using the hashtag #DoPlants and check out the new videos from DJ Khaled here, and Venus Williams here!
Starting today, WhiteWave is excited to be part of the Sustainable Brands conference taking place in San Diego through June 9. The next four days of this conference will gather thought leaders, brand innovators, designers, and global business leaders to explore various topics and issues pertinent to sustainability. Whether through meetings, workshops, the Activation Hub, or networking events, this conference has been designed to benefit everyone from NGOs and small business owners, to CEOs and global brand leaders. Sustainable Brands delivers a world class line-up of thought leaders and practitioners who are leading the way with incredible surges of new values, creativity and the resulting new products and services facilitating the transition to a truly sustainable future.
In addition to sponsoring this innovative conference, WhiteWave will also have several representatives speaking at the conference on topics ranging from the impact of nonprofit partners to water conservation.
We will be sharing additional information on the conference throughout this week so be sure to keep checking in for Sustainable Brands updates!