Our 2017 Goals

Eco-Products refined its 2017 sustainability goals and reporting based on feedback we received from our Sustainability Advisory Committee. They pointed out that our strategy and report could be more effectively organized around how we differentiate ourselves as a leader in the Zero Waste movement, how we deploy our resources, and where our biggest opportunities lie. The new elements of our sustainability strategy are Zero Waste Infrastructure and Zero Waste Foodservice Operators, built upon a solid foundation of our commitment to our Products and People. Our commitments will fall under these headings.

differentiation ZERO WASTE INFRASTRUCTURE
  • In 2017, conduct waste characterization studies to quantify incremental food scrap diversion through the use of compostable packaging for at least three different operator types
  • By 2018, support establishing a baseline of the US population with access to composting compostable foodservice packaging
  • By 2020, play an active role in the successful expansion of access to commercial composting of foodservice packaging in at least three communities
ZERO WASTE FOODSERVICE OPERATORS
  • In 2017, develop a baseline of our waste diverting customers and establish a mechanism for identifying and tracking them going forward
  • In 2017, help at least nine foodservice operators implement a front-of-house Zero Waste program (i.e., one per sales rep)
  • By 2018, implement a Zero Waste program with a strategic partner, such as a foodservice management company or distributor
foundation PRODUCTS
  • In 2017, develop a scorecard that includes sustainability criteria for supplier evaluations
  • By 2018, work with suppliers to prioritize sustainability commitments and track progress
  • By 2018, collaborate to develop scalable model for foodservice film recycling
  • By 2020, discontinue legacy products that do not meet our current material standards for renewable resources and post-consumer recycled content
PEOPLE
Benefits & Development:
  • In 2017, offer three employee-led Lunch & Learns to provide opportunities to develop presentation skills and strengthen cross-functional employee connections
  • Every year, at least 55 percent of our employees will take advantage of their paid time off to volunteer
  • Every year, at least 90 percent of our employees will include a sustainability goal in their performance review
Operations:
  • By 2017, reduce HQ water consumption by 10 percent
  • By 2017, increase HQ waste diversion to 90 percent
  • Achieve net zero electricity HQ
  • In 2017, decrease carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from air travel by reducing the total miles flown per $1,000 of sales by 5 percent, relative to 2016 travel
  • In 2017, maintain reimbursed vehicle mileage at the 2016 level, while still growing our business
PEOPLE
B Corp Inclusion Challenge:
  • In 2017, develop a program for promoting Zero Waste in underserved communities
  • In 2017, provide employees training on diversity and inclusion
  • In 2017, develop relationships with associations for underrepresented groups and provide job openings to them when available




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