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For more than 25 years, Annie's has been doing business differently and with purpose. Thus, as we’ve grown, our sustainability programs have evolved to increasingly focus on where we can make the biggest difference — through the products that we make. Ultimately our practices contribute to a more sustainable food system.

This report highlights our sustainability work in the supply chain, at our facilities and in the greater community. We believe that transparency and accountability are critical to the way we do business, and we invite feedback from you along the way.

We recognize that sustainability is a journey and we’re always striving to improve, but we are pleased to share our results to date and are excited for future opportunities. As we continue to grow our business, we want to be an accelerator for positive change, demonstrating how a company can “do well by doing good.”

  • For more than 25 years, Annie's has been doing business differently and with purpose. Thus, as we’ve grown, our sustainability programs have evolved to increasingly focus on where we can make the biggest difference — through the products that we make. Ultimately our practices contribute to a more sustainable food system.
  • This report highlights our sustainability work in the supply chain, at our facilities and in the greater community. We believe that transparency and accountability are critical to the way we do business, and we invite feedback from you along the way.
  • We recognize that sustainability is a journey and we’re always striving to improve, but we are pleased to share our results to date and are excited for future opportunities. As we continue to grow our business, we want to be an accelerator for positive change, demonstrating how a company can “do well by doing good.”
  • Where can we make the biggest difference? These are the sustainability programs we prioritize. As a company deeply committed to organic principles, it is natural for us to extend this philosophy to other areas of our supply chain. We look for opportunities to support a more circular economy – where regeneration is the goal, driving a shift toward renewable energy, eliminating toxic chemicals and avoiding waste throughout our supply chain. Here, we share a few ways we’re moving in this direction.
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  • Organic Ingredients
    We support organic farming, which is well-positioned to serve as a model in mainstream sustainability conversations. Organic practices promote resource recycling, ecological balance and biodiversity. They also focus on feeding the soil system — not simply the plant.
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  • Farmers
    While organic is the foundation of our sustainability efforts, we dive deeper on key ingredients like wheat, dairy, sugarcane and cacao. For each of these, we’ve developed programs that focus on supporting farmers and their communities.
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  • Packaging
    As we offer more products, we’re developing better systems to evaluate our packaging choices, looking at recyclable content, amount of material and source origins. Furthermore, we want to better communicate with consumers about recycling our packaging materials, which is why we joined How2Recycle (www.how2recycle.info), a voluntary effort to standardize packaging recyclability through a consistent labeling system.
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  • Manufacturing
    We continue to ensure that sustainability is baked into the businesses of our manufacturing partners. This year, we used two different environmental assessments: the first collected data on energy, water and waste practices; the second is a scorecard that assessed GHG emissions, energy, water use, priority chemicals, waste and organizational commitment. We evaluate performance using these assessments and provide an annual award to the top supplier.
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  • Carbon Footprint
    As a company that uses energy to produce, manufacture and deliver our foods, we want to do our part to combat climate change. We’re committed to measuring and reporting our energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources under our direct control and where we have greater opportunity to influence change.
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  • We strive to create a workplace that reflects our values. This, we believe, is an essential part of being a successful mission-driven company — one that is profitable and committed to fulfilling our mission to cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words, and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet. We integrate our values through every decision we make to ensure that we walk the talk at home.
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  • Office Operations
    In our Berkeley, California office, we continually work to improve materials recovery and reduce total waste. This year we made double-sided printing mandatory, which helped us reduce our paper consumption, and we hosted events for employees highlighting “what goes where” — recycling, landfill or compost.
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  • Employee Commute Program
    Annie’s® employees get a modest subsidy for using public transit, carpools, biking or walking to get to work. Not only does this help us manage our bunny footprint, but employees who participate say they enjoy their commutes more! Annie’s® also helps employees purchase hybrids, electric vehicles and bicycles.

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  • Sustainability Education
    As a mission-driven company, we know that sustainability education is important to our employees and our business. We’re proud that about a third of the Berkeley office attends our events each quarter. The most fun event might have been with yerdle (www.yerdle.com), an app to help you “give away what you don’t need and get something you do.” Through the window of their ice cream truck, the yerdle team collected employees’ items for sharing while passing out organic ice cream to say thanks.
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  • We believe it’s important to extend our reach in the industry, to both learn from and collaborate with others to achieve positive change in the food system. We also give back to organizations that are making a difference, and we encourage our employees to get involved in the community as well.
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  • Volunteering
    We give our employees company time to volunteer in nonprofit organizations that are most meaningful to them, living the values that drive our mission. In this past year, 86% of our employees gave back to their community through volunteering.
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  • Charitable Contributions
    We support programs that are helping to create a more sustainable food system. We do this through product donations and direct financial contributions. In the past three years, we have donated $1.3 million. Three of our long-standing programs — Grants for Gardens, Agricultural Scholarships and FoodCorps — help us extend our reach into schools and universities across the United States.
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  • Industry Partners
    Annie’s® is committed to supporting a momentous shift toward a more sustainable food system at an industry level. Our key focus areas include organic integrity and climate change action. We get involved in several different ways, such as employee participation, civic engagement and financial support. Organizations that we support include the Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, the Sustainable Food Trade Association, the Sustainable Food Lab, NativeEnergy, and BICEP, among others. Through NativeEnergy (http://www.nativeenergy.com/oka.html), we helped fund the Oka Trees of Hope project, which reforests degraded land, enhancing biodiversity, improving air and water quality, stemming erosion and adding net carbon storage, helping to slow carbon emissions.

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  • Ingredients
  • Farmers
  • Packaging
  • Manufacturing
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Where can we make the biggest difference? These are the sustainability programs we prioritize. As a company deeply committed to organic principles, it is natural for us to extend this philosophy to other areas of our supply chain. We look for opportunities to support a more circular economy – where regeneration is the goal, driving a shift toward renewable energy, eliminating toxic chemicals and avoiding waste throughout our supply chain. Here, we share a few ways we’re moving in this direction.
  • Office operations
  • Employee Commute
  • Sustainability Education
  • We strive to create a workplace that reflects our values. This, we believe, is an essential part of being a successful mission-driven company — one that is profitable and committed to fulfilling our mission to cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words, and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet. We integrate our values through every decision we make to ensure that we walk the talk at home.
  • Volunteering
  • Charitable
  • Industry Partners
  • We believe it’s important to extend our reach in the industry, to both learn from and collaborate with others to achieve positive change in the food system. We also give back to organizations that are making a difference, and we encourage our employees to get involved in the community as well.
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