We commit to helping the COMMUNITIES who are the backbone of our industry thrive

Expand to view each of the four Communities Commitments including action steps and supporting strategies, success indicators, tools, resources and solutions partners:

Engage in reciprocal and mutualistic relationships with grassroots and community-based organization who can support our industry in amplifying our impact.

Success looks like:

Companies have more community-based partners (nonprofits, local government agencies, schools, healthcare, social service organizations, and more)

Strategies may include:
  • Forge equitable partnerships with grassroots organizations
  • Provide trust-based grants to partners and grassroots organizations
  • Support marginalized communities in the areas where we are based by sponsoring staff volunteering in direct service-oriented (but not savioristic or paternalistic) projects with community-based organizations
Partnership Assessment (focus on granting, but applicable to other situations)
Women's Earth Alliance (WEA)

Ensure the communities in our supply chains feel valued and thrive

Success looks like:
  • 80%+ compliance on SEDEX social/equity audit by suppliers
  • # of ingredients certified fair trade (where applicable)
  • Women and minorities in leadership positions, equal pay, livable wages, Fair Labor.
Strategies may include:
  • Conduct a social impact assessment of production-related impacts (e.g., environmental degradation) on communities in supply chain
  • Support and prioritize women and minority-owned and women-and minority led organizations in our supply chains, particularly in developing economies
  • Highlight the communities contributing to the product in product marketing and advertising
  • Engage in fair trade practices and certify ingredients in your supply chain as fair trade
  • Implement and/or support anti-human trafficking measures in supply chain
  • Provide economic support to communities in supply chain ($$ or through in-kind contributions such as building necessary infrastructure as determined by the community)
  • Screen suppliers for fair social practices
  • Retain suppliers who create employment opportunities for low income or chronically underemployed populations
Women's Earth Alliance (WEA)

Seek out vendors outside the supply chain who value JEDI

Success looks like:

More vendors who are women-owned, minority-owned, or B Corps.

Strategies may include:
  • Educate vendors on J.E.D.I practices
  • Ensure vendor qualifications include a J.E.D.I commitment
  • Seek vendors who support J.E.D.I values (B Corps, Women owned businesses, minority-owned businesses)
  • Ensure procurement processes require at least one B Corps, woman-owned, and minority-owned business support proposals for consideration.

Support North American indigenous communities

Success looks like:

Solid education and enlightenment for all businesses and working with Native owned businesses where logical and possible.

Strategies may include:
  • Support efforts to restore and maintain indigenous ways (including language and foodways)
  • Support indigenous owned natural products businesses
  • Address cultural appropriation of indigenous heritage in food branding, naming, marketing, messaging, trade dress, and more
  • Learn about what decolonization means in the context of the natural products industry and its operations in North America (through articles, books, workshops, etc.)
  • Become familiar with and directly support indigenous communities on whose ancestral lands we operate
  • Land Acknowledgment before organized events and gatherings
  • Education for employees about Native Americans (especially current contemporary info), including onsite cultural events with guest speakers, local tribal dignitaries, and also if possible special presentations during November (Native American Heritage month)
All My Relations Podcast on Cultural Appropriation
The Shuumi Land Tax for Northern California East Bay Businesses
American Indian Foods Producer Directory
List of all tribal nations in the US
Education about American Indians and Alaska Natives
Native Appropriations
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

Take public policy action related to Communities work

Success looks like:
  • Advocating for policies that address: expansion of regenerative and sustainable agriculture, fair pay for workers, food purchasing programs, farm justice issues, farmworker safety and climate justice.
Strategies may include:
  • Support the Carbon Capture Improvement Act of 2019
  • Support the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019
  • Support Good Food Purchasing Programs
  • Support the Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) Program
Carbon Capture Improvement Act of 2019
Good Food Purchasing Programs
Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) Program
Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2019