At WhiteWave, we’re passionate about giving back to the local communities where we live and work. It’s a part of what we do to empower our employees to live our values and to reinforce a culture of caring.
One of the ways we bring this passion to life is through our work with hunger relief organizations. Our business is food, which makes this cause particularly meaningful and important to us. We believe that everyone should have access to better-for-you foods and beverages, and we’re proud to support this belief through food donations, volunteer hours and financial contributions.
In 2016 alone, we donated more than 2 percent of pretax profits to make a difference in hunger relief and environmental sustainability. Plus, we provided over 2.78 million meals to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
On a local level, our longest standing relationship is with Community Food Share (CFS), a Feeding America food bank serving Boulder and Broomfield counties in Colorado, where our headquarters is located. Since 2006, WhiteWave has donated 12 million pounds of product to the CFS. Our biggest contribution to CFS each year comes through our participation in the “Compete to Beat Hunger” Corporate Challenge, where we match donations dollar-for-dollar to help supply meals to people in need. Last year, we donated more than $200,000 to CFS during the challenge, which provided more than 600,000 meals.
Our ongoing commitment to hunger relief is one way our value of “Share What We Do Well” comes to life, and it’s our employees who make this happen. We’re incredibly grateful for their generous spirits and dedication to giving back to their local communities. It echoes throughout our company and makes for a stronger and more inspired workplace.
More about our hunger relief efforts can be found in our latest corporate social responsibility report: http://www.whitewave.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WhiteWave-CSR-2014_2015-Full-Report.pdf.
Supporting hunger relief efforts is a philanthropic focus area for us at WhiteWave. We’re passionate about ensuring access to better-for-you foods, including in Colorado where we’re headquartered.
Taking this to heart, we spread a little extra love yesterday on Valentine’s Day. Our very own WhiteWave team member Jessica Sibila helped to host a mobile food pantry where all five Feeding Colorado food banks teamed up to provide those in need with nutritious food options.
The mobile pantry featured healthy items like potatoes, cereal, bread, apples and soup. For our part, we provided gallons of Horizon Organic milk and some of our shelf-stable Silk Almondmilk.
In just one day, we helped serve 146 households with 46 seniors, 88 children and 309 adults. In addition to feeding hundreds, the mobile food panty was strategically positioned in front of the Colorado State Capitol to engage state legislators with the goal of raising awareness around Feeding Colorado and the collective impact we all make in hunger relief.
If you would like to help support a local food bank near you, Feeding America has some great suggestions for how to get involved.
As a food company, we have a responsibility – to consumers, the planet, and future generations – to protect our natural resources in the face of climate change and growing environmental pressures like water scarcity.
In our CSR Report and video, we discussed Cultivating a Responsible Food System and how water use is a key metric as a pillar of our overall Sustainability Strategy. High-quality freshwater is a critical element of cultivating crops, as an ingredient in our products, and as a component in our manufacturing process. We also know that because water is a finite natural resource – with nearly 90% of all consumed freshwater being used to grow food – the choices we make can have a big impact on the global water supply.
That’s why we’ve expanded our commitment to responsible agricultural water use through a new partnership – the Ag Water Challenge, a collaborative initiative organized by nonprofit organizations Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). As part of the Challenge, we’ve worked with Ceres and WWF to assess our water risks in agricultural supply chains and set new commitments in water stewardship.
These commitments include:
• Developing a road map to agricultural water stewardship that addresses shared water challenges facing our key commodities (dairy, soy, almond and produce, specifically) in areas of greatest risk; and
• Engaging in policy advocacy to strengthen water management in our priority sourcing regions, including the Colorado River system and California.
And while we’ve already made great progress in reducing water use in our facilities and across our supply chain, the AgWater Challenge is an important way to continue these efforts and further influence global agricultural water use beyond our own four walls.
At WhiteWave, we have always been committed to reducing our environmental impact. In fact, “Integrity to Produce Food Responsibly” is one of our six core values. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one way we strive to make good on this value.
We believe taking action to help curtail our greenhouse gas emissions is simply the right thing to do as a responsible corporate citizen. Specifically, we have committed to reducing our greenhouse gas intensity 20 percent by 2025, using 2013 as the baseline. And it’s not just taking action that’s important to us. It’s also about sharing information, being honest and transparent in how we’re reducing impact.
It’s commitments like these that helped us earn a top position within the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), which scores and ranks companies based on the level of transparency in disclosing carbon emissions and energy data. In 2016, we received a rating of an A- based on our level of disclosure. Our scores reflect WhiteWave’s transparency in the sharing of climate change-related information, allowing people to assess corporate accountability and preparedness for changing market demands and emissions regulations.
Climate change is a daunting challenge facing our food system. However, we believe we can make a meaningful impact by having a clear, measurable strategy to address our greenhouse gas emissions. And, while our CDLI score is something we’re proud of, we know there’s much more to be done. It’s not only in our best interest to actively manage our environmental footprint, but also in the best interest of our planet.
If you would like to learn more about our environmental stewardship efforts, we welcome you to check out our latest corporate social responsibility report: http://www.whitewave.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WhiteWave-CSR-2014_2015-Full-Report.pdf.