This year marks a decade since we launched Values in Action (VIA), a program we created in 2006 to offer employees opportunities to take action and track their progress in the areas of volunteerism, community involvement and environmental initiatives.
At WhiteWave, we strongly believe that our purpose is to do much more than simply provide great tasting, responsibly-produced food. It’s also about giving back to our communities and protecting our natural resources.
Through VIA, our employees choose how they want to reduce their environmental footprint or make an impact in their communities. For example, some employees choose to bike or carpool to work, while others may spend time volunteering with a local animal shelter or stocking food bank shelves. Employees then log their actions into the VIA database. At the end of each year, our team members are recognized for these contributions.
During the past 10 years, we’re proud of the impact our VIA program has made in supporting our local communities and helping to protect the planet. Here’s a taste of what we’ve accomplished:
- Each year since VIA’s inception, more than 90 percent of WhiteWave employees have participated in volunteer activities in their community
- In the past five years, our employees have recorded more than 45,000 miles commuted via bicycle
- Since 2011 alone, our team has given more than 60,000 hours of community service to groups and causes that they are passionate about
- In 2015, through the VIA program, WhiteWave employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours globally to nonprofits and logged 15,505 bike miles commuting to work in the U.S.
With 10 years of VIA under our belt, we are extremely proud of the work done by our team members to build a values-based community where we can all make a positive impact. The ongoing success of VIA is a testament to each of our more than 2,700 global employees who give back to causes close to them, making their communities and the environment better in the process.
We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the next 10 years!