Communities

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:
  • 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
Tools/Resources:
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:
  • 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
Tools/Resources:
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:
  • 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

Strategies:
  • 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.)
  • Directly support indigenous communities on whose ancestral lands we operate
Tools/Resources:
All My Relations Podcast on Cultural Appropriation
The Shuumi Land Tax for Northern California East Bay Businesses
American Indian Foods Producer Directory