What exactly do we mean when we say we want to “Change the Way the World Eats for the Better”? It’s not just about producing great-tasting food (though that is important!) Ultimately, it’s about doing so in a way that’s better for people, our communities and our planet. Not only do we want consumers to enjoy our products, but we also want to be a company people trust.
Changing the Way the World Eats for the Better means looking across our entire value chain for ways we can improve our commitment to producing food responsibly. It means embedding sustainability in every product, which encompasses things like working with our suppliers to address commodity challenges, creating more sustainable and innovative packaging, becoming more efficient in our manufacturing facilities, and making progress in our sustainable cocoa and palm oil sourcing and against our environmental footprint goals (you can read more about these specific goals and our progress against them here.
Changing the Way the World Eats for the Better means advancing transparency. We want to demonstrate openness and integrity in both our labeling and how we report on our environmental impacts. In 2015, we were added to the CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the quality of our carbon emissions and energy disclosures. We also want consumers to understand what’s in the food and beverages they eat and drink. Nearly 75 percent of our brand portfolio carries either non-genetically modified organisms (Non-GMO) Project or ProTerra-verified seals, or is certified organic.
Changing the Way the World Eats for the Better means leading by example, inspiring positive change and empowering our employees. When we push ourselves to change for the better, we show our partners, suppliers and communities a better way as well. Most notably, in 2015 we donated more than 2 percent of our pretax profit to organizations dedicated to making a difference in hunger relief and environmental sustainability. Our employees themselves donated more than 11,000 volunteer hours globally. Our suppliers must not source materials that contribute to the deforestation of high conservation value areas or interfere with the habitats of endangered species.
Changing the Way the World Eats for the better isn’t just a tagline – it represents our commitment to cultivating a responsible food system, illuminating better options for consumers and empowering our employees. To learn more about WhiteWave and what makes us different, click here.