At Annie’s, we know that creating nourishing food starts with a healthy planet. The global food system accounts for an estimated one third of global greenhouse gases, up to 86% of which stems from agricultural production. As a food company, we have a responsibility and opportunity to tackle climate change within our supply chain, in collaboration with industry peers, and at home in our Berkeley office.
Our commitment to sustainability dates back to 1989 when Annie Withey co-founded the company with a mission to nourish people and planet through honest foods. Annie’s has tackled various environmental and social issues, prioritizing climate change along the way.
Climate Collaborative Commitments
Annie’s is a founding member of the Climate Collaborative and we’ve made commitments in seven areas: agriculture, energy efficiency, food waste, forests, packaging, transportation, and short-lived climate pollutants. Annie’s is one of over 150 companies that have made a collective 550 commitments through the Climate Collaborative.
We Design Better Food
In 2012, we conducted the first life cycle assessment of our products, which revealed that the majority of our carbon emissions comes from our supply chain. We strive to design more sustainable food from “Farm to Yum” by working with ingredient, manufacturing, and packaging partners that prioritize environmental and social responsibility.
Organic and Regenerative Agriculture
We have a long history of supporting soil health through organic agriculture. Building on the strong foundation of organic, we’re amplifying our commitment to ecosystems and communities by advancing regenerative practices that build soil health, foster above ground biodiversity, and promote resilient farm communities.
Annie’s works directly with manufacturing partners to help them reduce their resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. We engage and educate our suppliers on key environmental and social issues, such as energy use and climate change, by providing webinars, one-on-one mentoring, and other resources.
We take a holistic approach to improving the impact of our product packaging through our Sustainable Packaging Strategy, which addresses material inputs, packaging disposal, and material optimization. We are addressing our packaging footprint by reducing emissions from virgin material production and landfill pollution, minimizing overall packaging and empowering consumers to recycle.
We strive to walk the talk at our Berkeley office by implementing several climate beneficial initiatives for our employees. We pursue building energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions, we offer a sustainability incentive program that helps employees reduce their footprint in their homes and on their commutes, and we continue working toward our ‘zero waste’ goal to divert at least 90% of our waste from landfills.
We learn from and collaborate with reputable organizations and industry groups that are tackling climate change. Here are some of our key partners with whom we are grateful to work with: