Whole Foods Releases Impact Report, Aims for Sustainable Food System

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by | Jul 26, 2023

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Whole Foods Market recently released its annual impact report, with hopes of demonstrating its involvement in creating a positive impact in the global food system.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of Whole Foods Market’s strategic initiatives, including efforts to combat food waste, reduce its carbon footprint, prioritize conscious sourcing, and support the growth and well-being. of its employees.

Whole Foods Market and its Sustainability Goals

In terms of waste reduction, Whole Foods Market said it successfully diverted over 72% of waste generated in stores and facilities away from landfills. Moreover, recycling programs remained active in nearly 96% of stores, and approximately 450 stores implemented organic diversion programs, such as composting, to minimize environmental impact.

Whole Foods Market also sourced 250 million pounds of fair trade ingredients in 2022, aiming to benefit producers and the environment by sourcing responsibly. Additionally, with an emphasis on organic offerings, the company onboarded over 2,300 new organic products in 2022, resulting in a diverse selection of more than 37,000 active organic products across its stores. 

The company continues to support local suppliers through various initiatives, including the Local Producer Loan Program. The company awarded nearly $1.7 million to local suppliers and welcomed nine new participants into its Local and Emerging Accelerator Program cohort, further fostering community partnerships and promoting responsible sourcing practices. Likewise, in its efforts to address food insecurity, Whole Foods Market donated 30 million meals to nearly 1,000 food rescue and redistribution organizations in 2022. 

The company also demonstrated community engagement through foundation programs like the Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Cities Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Foods Market funded 33,555 microloans, awarded 57 community grants, and donated 506 gardens and 142 salad bars. 

According to Caitlin Leibert, vice president of sustainability at Whole Foods Market, the company aims to invest in programs that positively impact its stores and supply chain, as well as its people. This is all in part of its Growing with Purpose vision. The company now has more than 530 stores, with 55 stores in the pipeline, across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

 

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