Social and Environmental Responsibility
Social and environmental responsibility is a core part of Nutiva’s culture and business.
From sourcing organic products, to obtaining fair trade certification, to greening our facilities and operations, to funding tree planting at schools in our local community, we are constantly seeking ways to better protect our environment and ensure a better quality of life for employees, customers, and the communities we serve.
Sustainable Palm Oil
Grown on small organic family farms in Ecuador, our Red Palm is certified Organic, Fair Trade, RSPO, and Non-GMO. We partner with Natural Habitats to ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process. Fair trade premiums serve the farming communities. Projects have included building a small health clinic, supporting a school, and providing sports uniforms for local youth.
1% of Sales to Sustainable Agriculture
We have given away 1% of sales since the company was formed in 1999; today it’s almost $4 million. In 2015, we gave away $900,000 to the Nutiva Foundation and other groups to advance ecologically beneficial agriculture and healthy communities.
Carbon Farming Initiative
If managed properly, organic regenerative agriculture can mitigate climate change through carbon farming. Carbon farming takes excess carbon out of the atmosphere, where concentrations have reached unprecedented levels, and stores it in farm soils.
In 2015, we launched a Carbon Farming Initiative that united leaders in action and educated the public about the link between soil, climate change, and our health. The Initiative funded a number of programs such as: the Soil Not Oil International Conference, the Story of Soil video, and the Carbon Farming Tour to San Francisco Bay Area farms with the Carbon Cycle Institute.
Our Trees & Gardens program contributed $174,000 in 2015 toward healthy school lunches and community gardens, which will provide more than 200,000 pounds of locally grown produce. The projects introduced young people to foods they might never have heard of or tasted, shaping lifelong eating behaviors around eating nutritionally dense foods for health. Through a multi-year grant, Common Vision has planted 342 nutritious fruit trees in 19 Richmond public schools.
Fighting For Your Right
We continue to advocate for your right to responsibly grown foods, to farm industrial hemp in the United States, and to know what’s in your food. In 2015 we funded the Homegrown Flag Project, a video about veteran Mike Lewis’s journey to produce a Kentucky-grown and -sewn flag made from hemp fiber. Mike is helping to rebuild the agrarian heritage of farming industrial hemp, begun by America’s Founding Fathers in 1792.
We supported GMO Inside’s major victories derived by pressuring Campbell Soup Company to label its GMOs and the Hershey Company to eliminate GMO sugar in its chocolate. As leading advocates in the industry, we support the Non-GMO Project’s work to ensure viable non-GMO alternatives.
As part of our commitment to fight climate change, we initiated a new carbon offset program in 2015. Working with Pur Projet, we offset 2015 emissions from our chia farming and production (473 MT CO2e).
The carbon offsets purchased 1,419 trees from the Alto Huayabamba Agro-forestry Project in Peru. The project plans for 2 million native and cocoa trees to be planted in this Amazon region. It’s an exemplary strategy for combining agriculture and forestry in a way that not only sequesters carbon from the atmosphere but also preserves biodiversity, conserves water, protects against natural disasters, and favors small farmers.
Maintaining a zero waste headquarters and warehouse is a priority, and we’re committed to continuous improvement. Through our zero waste program, 95% of waste materials or 770 MT were diverted from the landfill in 2015 and either reused (33%) or recycled (62%). Recycled materials included 208 MT of byproduct and kitchen scraps that were composted, donated to farmers for animal feed, or used for biofuel. The program generated $174K in revenue and avoided disposal costs, and it earned Nutiva the Gold Standard Zero Waste certification from the United States Zero Waste Business Council.
We continue striving to become a better business and to keep minimizing our environmental footprint. When we recertified as a B Corporation in 2015, we found that we had raised our score by 16%, and that our Environment score was 57% higher than the median for all medium-sized B Corporations. We’re proud to be part of the business solution by voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.