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.