North America’s first and largest organic breakfast food company joins the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy to push for effective climate and energy policies
Richmond, B.C. (June 20, 2019) – Today, Nature’s Path joined the BC Business Coalition for a Clean Economy to call on both government and industry to make bold changes to address climate change. This group, initiated by the Pembina Institute, brings together prominent BC companies to advocate for the creation and implementation of effective climate policies. Standing up for the health of both people and the planet is part of Nature’s Path’s core DNA, with the company mission to always leave the earth better than they found it.
Nature’s Path is already an advocate for investing in a clean economy; their operations are on the path to be climate neutral by 2020 and by only using organic ingredients in their products, they’re preventing harmful chemical fertilizers from being used on farmland.
“At Nature’s Path, we are already dealing with the impacts of climate change. We see firsthand the impact droughts and severe weather have on how and where we source our ingredients,” says Jyoti Stephens, VP Mission and Strategy at Nature’s Path Foods. “We are excited today to join other BC businesses as a force for good to advocate for climate change solutions and bring positive change to our planet.”
As North America’s first and largest organic breakfast food company, Nature’s Path is honoured to stand with other like-minded companies such as Vancity, Arc’teryx, Climate Smart, The Insurance Bureau of Canada and Innergex, as part of the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy.
“Nature’s Path has a long history of making changes to our business that bring good to both people and planet, so it’s natural for us to join other local businesses to advocate for a better future for us all,” Stephens continued.
For more than 30 years, Nature’s Path has been a leader in sustainable business:
- For every megawatt hour of energy used at Nature’s Path, they ensure a megawatt hour of 100 per cent renewable electricity is put onto the grid on Nature’s Path’s behalf. In the last 10 years, Nature’s Path purchased 166,000 renewable energy credits that support green energy projects in the United States and Canada.
- By using only organic ingredients, in the last 10 years they’ve prevented 146,500 tons of chemical fertilizers from being used on farmland.
- All the company’s manufacturing plants are Zero Waste Certified and Nature’s Path was the first cereal company in North America to receive this designation in 2016.
- In 2017, Nature’s Path joined The Ceres BICEP Network (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy). This network comprises influential companies advocating for stronger climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level in the U.S.
- Nature’s Path has committed to be climate neutral by 2020 and for all their packaging to be either reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
- They are a founding partner of Loop, an online shopping platform designed to eliminate waste by using products that are packed in durable, multi-use packaging.
Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute, explains how valuable this coalition is:
“B.C. is a hub for sustainable innovation, social responsibility, and climate solutions, and businesses are key to B.C.’s success on these fronts. From beverages to buildings, film to finance, and cosmetics to concrete, the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy brings together an incredible diversity of B.C. businesses to champion climate leadership and the transition to a cleaner economy,” Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute.
About Nature’s Path Foods
Nature’s Path Organic Foods, is a family-owned company, producing USDA, Canadian and UK Soils Association Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world. Committed to the triple bottom line— socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable, Nature’s Path works diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch®, Qi’a®, Que Pasa®, Flax Plus®, and EnviroKidz®. Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs hundreds of valued team members at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. Visit https://www.naturespath.com or follow on Twitter @NaturesPath and Instagram @NaturesPathOrganic.
About Business Coalition for a Clean Economy
The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy (BCCE) is a network of leading B.C. businesses and organizations aligned behind a vision for a clean and prosperous economy and climate action. We believe that strong climate and energy policy provides certainty and is good for business. Learn more: pembina.org/BCCleanEconomy
Senior Communications Lead, Pembina Institute