The Earth deserves our love, and United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is giving it. Recently releasing its 2020 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, the company has recommitted to being a fierce advocate for the planet. Aiming to find solutions to global, social, and environmental issues UNFI had tremendous success in 2020. Now the company has launched new data-driven 2030 goals that will build on this success.
“As pioneers in our industry since 1976, leading by example on pressing social and environmental issues is both part of our DNA and our inherent responsibility,” said Steven L. Spinner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “UNFI made great strides in building our wholesale, services, and brands business in 2020, while putting a heightened focus on issues such as the safety and wellbeing of our associates and the communities we serve. As we look to the future, we now have an exciting plan to pursue real solutions for climate change, food justice and insecurity, as well as diversity and inclusion. We view ourselves as a force for positive change, helping to define the future of food.”
According to a press release, UNFI’s 2030 agenda is centered on the theme Better for All, which is aligned to three pillars: Building Better for Our World, Our Communities, and Our People. Better for All acts as an umbrella platform to share updates on its ESG progress in the months and years ahead.
The report noted the areas in which UNFI will focus: climate action, waste reduction, food safety, food access, safety and wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion. To ensure progress against each of these areas, UNFI has established several consequential goals and commitments, including:
The goals made throughout 2020 have been:
“2020 was a pivotal year for ESG at UNFI. We completed a robust strategic planning process and significantly deepened our focus on key priorities,” said Alisha Real, Director of Sustainability and Social Impact. “The steps we will take over the next decade are critical to ensuring a future that is Better for All. UNFI impacts the lives of millions of people throughout North America, and we are dedicated to taking meaningful action by activating our 27,000 associates, 15,000 customers, and more than 11,000 suppliers to accelerate progress toward achieving our near-term and 2030 commitments to transform the foodscape and our world.”
Give a little love to Mother Earth today, she will thank you for it. And, as always, keep an eye out for more industry-related reports from Deli Market News.