Team members of North America’s first and largest organic breakfast food company will walk out of work on September 27 to demand urgent climate action
Richmond, B.C. (September 20, 2019) – As part of the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, Nature’s Path Organic team members will stop work on Friday, September 27 to join young environmental activists in downtown Vancouver in the Canadian arm of the Global Climate Strike. Canada is one of 142 countries taking part in the Global Climate Strike organized by 350.org and 16-year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. With climate change threatening the quality and availability of food worldwide, the company is also donating all profits from product sales from its website to 350.org during the week of climate action.
“The very foundation on which my parents started Nature’s Path Organic was to advocate for people and the planet,” said Arjan Stephens, Executive Vice President. “A climate crisis is a food crisis and we are concerned about how climate change will affect the planet’s ability to grow healthy food for the generations to come.”
“From droughts in North Dakota impacting oat supply to severe weather changes in California affecting the harvesting of organic raisins, rice and almonds, climate change is significantly impacting the way we grow and source our ingredients,” Arjan continued.
The family-run organization is also encouraging team members at their three manufacturing plants across North America to participate in local strikes, as well as rallying other businesses to join them in the walk out.
“We have to work together to bring positive change to our planet and reduce the impact of climate change”, said Jyoti Stephens, VP of Mission and Strategy for Nature’s Path. “Our Nature’s Path team members stand in solidarity with the young activists in Vancouver and across the globe participating in the Global Climate Strikes.”
In addition to participating in the walkout, Nature’s Path will help raise money for climate justice via the following programs:
- Nature’s Path will donate all profits from sales on www.naturespath.com made during the week of September 20-27 to 350.org (up to $10,000 USD). (Includes all their brands: Nature’s Path, Love Crunch, EnviroKidz and Que Pasa.)
- In partnership with British Columbia’s leading online sustainable food delivery platform SPUD.ca, Nature’s Path will donate all profits from sales of Nature’s Path products purchased between September 20-27 to 350.org (up to $10,000 CAD).
As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental advocacy, Nature’s Path joined the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy in June 2019, led by B.C.’s Pembina Institute. Becoming a member of the coalition is just one of a variety of sustainability efforts that Nature’s Path has participated in, in the past 35 years including:
- Amazon Forest Relief – In response to the wildfires in the Amazon, Nature’s Path is matching team members donations up to a total of $15,000 via the company’s annual natural disaster and climate change impact relief fund.
- Founding Member of Loop – In May, Nature’s Path became the only Canadian company to join Loop, a new global shopping platform aimed at eliminating waste by disrupting the world’s reliance on single-use packaging.
- Responsible Packaging – Nature’s Path has committed to making 100% of all packaging compostable, recyclable or reusable by 2025. All the cardboard and paperboard used have the Forest Stewardship Council certification, are printed on vegetable-based inks, and are 100 per cent recyclable. (Read more HERE)
- 1% for the Planet – For every EnviroKidz product sold, 1% of the sales (not profits) are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids worldwide. To date, Nature’s Path has donated $3.7 million to partner organizations.
- Carbon Neutral – An advocate for investing in a clean economy, Nature’s Path operations are on the path to be climate neutral by 2020. Since 2008, the company proudly supports 100% renewable energy for its Canadian and U.S. operations.
- Zero Waste Certified– All Nature’s Path manufacturing facilities are certified under the Green Business Council’s TRUE certification program.
- Regenerative Organic Farming – Nature’s Path is pioneering new farming techniques on its farm to increase the ability of soil to sequester carbon.
The Vancouver arm of the Canadian Climate Strike will be held in downtown Vancouver from 1-5pm PST on Friday, September 27. Nature’s Path expects nearly all of its 117 Richmond-based team members to join.
For more information about the Climate Strike or to sign up, visit https://globalclimatestrike.net/. To learn more about Nature’s Path’s environmental initiatives, visit https://www.naturespath.com/en-ca/our-path/.
About Nature’s Path Organic 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® 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 NaturesPath.com or follow on Twitter @NaturesPath and Instagram @NaturesPathOrganic.