Whole Foods releases Social Impact Update, highlights include: requiring products to have third-party certification or soil health information to support regenerative agriculture, debut of Sourced for Good seal that identifies sustainably sourced products

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February 22, 2022 (press release) –

Natural and Organic Grocer Donates Nearly 30M Meals and Generates Millions of Dollars for Farmworkers and Their Communities in 2021
   
Today, Whole Foods Market released its inaugural Social Impact Update – now available here – to provide an in-depth look into the key initiatives defining the company’s mission to build on its 42 year legacy of caring for communities and the environment.

Highlights from the update include that in 2021, Whole Foods Market donated nearly 30M meals to food rescue and redistribution programs and generated millions of dollars for hundreds of communities across 12 countries through its Sourced for Good program.

“This update marks another exciting milestone for Whole Foods Market as we report on some of the key initiatives that underpin our continued commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, thoughtfully sourcing our products, and strengthening our communities,” said John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market.

The update outlines Whole Foods Market’s progress toward its environmental stewardship, responsible sourcing and community giving objectives, with a focus on five key initiatives, including:

• Whole Foods Market’s programs and partnerships that minimize food waste in its stores and nourish communities in need.
• How Whole Foods Market is promoting alternative energy in its stores and helping its customers reduce their environmental impact.
• The grocer’s Sourced for Good program, which helps customers easily identify products that support workers, communities, and the environment.
• Whole Foods Market’s continuing dedication to sourcing local products and supporting local suppliers through its Local Producer Loan program.
• The new and exciting work Whole Foods Market is doing to support the growing regenerative agriculture movement.

“Caring for our communities and the environment is part of our core purpose as a company and this update shines a light on some of the ways we’re working to drive lasting impact that challenges the expectations of any grocer,” said Caitlin Leibert, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Whole Foods Market.

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