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whitewaveIt’s no surprise that WhiteWave Foods, the company behind Earthbound Farms salads and Silk soy milk, is dedicated to making healthful products. But what is less known about the company is its dedication to keeping the Earth healthy. WhiteWave Foods has reached its 2016 sustainability targets, and now it’s setting more targets for the future.

WhiteWave announced its new sustainability targets for 2025 in a Corporate Social Responsibility report, which was released on Tuesday July 26th. The goals include 20 percent reductions across energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions for the company’s product lines. These goals are ambitious, but if WhiteWave’s past performance has shown anything it’s that the company works hard to maintain an environmentally sustainable business.

In the Corporate Social Responsibility report, WhiteWave Foods stated that the company successfully completed the 2016 objectives. One of these objectives was to source 100 percent of its cocoa powder sustainably. WhiteWave Foods strongly believes in producing its food in a way that is beneficial for people as well as for the planet. WhiteWave often looks for new ways to ensure that the company is using the most environmentally responsible and sustainable practices possible.

Another detail included in this report was that WhiteWave would now be getting all of its palm oil for liquid creamer products from sustainable sources. The report stated that by 2020, WhiteWave’s palm oil will comply with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil NEXT criteria. There is a good deal of controversy surrounding palm oil. The production of this vegetable oil is often linked to many environmental issues, including animal cruelty, deforestation, and indigenous rights violations. In order to prevent these issues and to further improve the sustainability of the production of palm oil, The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s criteria have been put in place.
2016 isn’t the first year that WhiteWave Foods has worked toward sustainability. In 2015, WhiteWave made big strides in the way of waste reduction. Seventy-eight percent of the company’s waste has been diverted from landfills through recycling, reuse, and composting. WhiteWave Foods first started keeping track of its environmental impact in 2006. Since then, for each pound of product, WhiteWave has reduced greenhouse gas emission by 32 percent. In the past two years, WhiteWave has also reduced water use by 6 percent per pound of product. Furthermore, waste to landfill resource intensity was reduced by 52 percent. WhiteWave has worked tirelessly to make sure it produces quality food in sustainable ways.