DENVER — The WhiteWave Foods Co. is stepping up its sustainability commitments while still gaining ground on its current goals, according to the company’s 2014-2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
WhiteWave already has fulfilled its 2016 commitment to source 100% sustainable cocoa powder for its North American brands, including Silk, So Delicious, Vega, Horizon and International Delight products. The company now has extended the same commitment to its Alpro brand, which it plans to have converted to 100% sustainable cocoa powder by the end of 2017. WhiteWave also pledged to reduce sugar in Alpro products by 12.5% by 2020.
WhiteWave currently sources 100% certified sustainable palm oil for its liquid creamer products. By 2020, the company plans to have its entire palm oil supply comply with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (R.S.P.O.) NEXT criteria, which seeks to prevent deforestation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve human rights conditions associated with palm oil production.
Since WhiteWave started tracking its environmental impact in 2006, the company said it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32% per lb of product. In the past two years, WhiteWave has reduced water use by 6% per lb of product and waste to landfill resource intensity by 52%. In 2014-15, WhiteWave’s Earthbound Farm brand recycled nearly 9,300 tons of food waste, the report said, including 98% of all lettuce culls. By 2025, Whitewave said it will further reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste to landfill per lb of product by 20% from its 2013 baseline.
|Gregg Engles, chairman and c.e.o. of WhiteWave Foods|
“At WhiteWave, we aim to produce great-tasting food in a way that’s better for people, our communities and our planet,” said Gregg Engles, chairman and chief executive officer of WhiteWave Foods. “To achieve this goal, we are constantly seeking new ways to deliver the transparency, choice and responsible practices people are looking for today.”
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