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Sustainability

 
 

We support a values-based food system that promotes environmental stewardship, shared value along the supply chain, public health, animal welfare, transparent labeling and traceable products.

By enhancing our profitability and mitigating risk, we guarantee the viability of our company and increase our ability to support activities and organizations that we believe will help further these values and better the earth.

 
 

What We’re Focusing On

 

SOIL HEALTH

Soil health is more than a buzz word – it’s what stands between us and a hungry future. By investing in the people and practices that steward our soil resources, we’re ensuring that future generations have
access to healthy food and the means to grow it.

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ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE & PROFITABILITY

The sustainability of our business is key to elevating our brand and ensuring that we continue our ability to do good work and further our mission, vision, and values. Our economic success enables us
to accomplish our environmental and social vision.

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FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF RISK MANAGEMENT

Every business comes with risk. Because we seek to protect the prosperity, health and safety of our employees, partners and the environment, we seek to mitigate these risks to the greatest extent possible.

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Additional Tablestakes Issues

 

We at Pipeline Foods are aware of the global, industry-agnostic emphasis on climate change and water.  So, while these issues did not breach our materiality threshold, we are committed to measuring and reporting on our performance vis-à-vis these and other issues that may be defined as “Tablestakes Issues” going forward. 

Climate Change
Pipeline Foods conducted its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory for calendar year 2018 earlier this year, inclusive of Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Following are the results:

 
 
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General industry knowledge informs us that the largest agricultural supply chain GHG emissions footprint usually resides at the farm level, we will measure some portion of our farmer supplier GHG footprint for 2019 to be reported out as Scope 3 emissions in 2020.

 

Water Quality
Agricultural run-off in the United States is widely understood to contribute negatively to water quality in the country’s navigable waterways. According to the “National Water Quality Inventory, 70 percent of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds; 78 percent of bays and estuaries; and 55 percent of rivers and streams assessed in the U.S. are impaired by pollution and do not meet minimum water quality standards” as regulated by the EPA under the Clean Water Act.(1) While we don’t currently have a complete view to the water footprint of our farmer suppliers, we know that research finds that organic farms contribute 90+% less nutrient runoff than their conventional counterparts, and we are preparing to report out in 2020 on a subset of our organic farmer suppliers’ farm practices that contribute to and/or mitigate nutrient runoff in 2019.

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