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Nature's Path Organics Protects Forests and Biodiversity Through Stringent Certifications and Sourcing Requirements

Nature's_Path.jpgIn partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the Climate Collaborative is thrilled to share three case studies focused on the forest action efforts of Nature's Path, Traditional Medicinals, and Tony's Chocolonely. Nature’s Path Organic Foods is a leading triple-bottom-line organic food company recognized for its pioneering work in addressing climate change. The organization’s accomplishments include addressing climate change through the use of organic certification for all raw material ingredients, investments in farmers to promote and accelerate the adoption of regenerative organic agriculture, achieving zero waste, and the adoption of impactful water preservation measures. Ratana and Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path Organic Foods Co-Founders, outline the ethos of the company as follows, “at Nature’s Path Organic Foods, our purpose is to always leave the Earth better than we found it.” Nature’s Path Organic Foods Sustainable Purchasing Policy, against which all vendors are vetted, ensures that products and services purchased or contracted conform to this broader purpose.

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Traceability and Monitoring Systems Help Tony's Chocolonely Achieve and Demonstrate Zero Deforestation

tony's_homepage_thumb.pngIn partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the Climate Collaborative is thrilled to share three case studies focused on the forest action efforts of Nature's Path, Traditional Medicinals, and Tony's Chocolonely. Tony’s Chocolonely was born when Teun van de Keuken realized that forced labor and illegal child
labor still existed in the cocoa industry. Passionate about social and environmental issues in the supply chain from the start, Tony’s made a conscious decision to focus on preventing deforestation on the farms where they source cocoa. “We’re using 5 sourcing principles (fully traceable beans, paying a higher price, working with strong farmers, long-term contracts and increasing productivity & quality) to make all chocolate 100% exploitation free. We want to inspire other companies to do the same, as this is the best way to solve problems in cocoa including deforestation.”

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Traditional Medicinals: Responsible Sourcing that Protects Forests and Promotes Biodiversity

trad_med_homepage_thumb.pngIn partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the Climate Collaborative is thrilled to share three case studies focused on the forest action efforts of Nature's Path, Traditional Medicinals, and Tony's Chocolonely. Traditional Medicinals® is a botanical wellness company known for its commitment to promoting sustainable practices and preserving forests and biodiversity. The ethos of Traditional Medicinals (TM) is summed up in the following statement: “We are not just in the business of tea. We are in the business of change—changing lives, changing communities, and changing the quality of herbal remedies.” Sustainable sourcing is at the heart of this ethos. By sourcing its ingredients responsibly, engaging in forest preservation efforts, and supporting local communities, TM established itself as a leader in promoting wild collection and biodiversity.

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Climate Collaborative & UNFI Launch Three Case Studies In Support of Forest Action

In partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the Climate Collaborative is thrilled to share three case studies focused on the forest action efforts of Nature's Path, Traditional Medicinals, and Tony's Chocolonely. UNFI and the Climate Collaborative are deeply committed to accelerating the efforts of the grocery industry to stop deforestation and forest degradation, and to support reforestation efforts. According to the IPCC, “reducing deforestation and forest degradation rates represents one of the most effective and robust options for climate change mitigation, with large mitigation benefits globally.” Forests and climate change are deeply connected, as forest loss and degradation are both a cause and effect of climate change.

"Our hope is to inspire and inform company action by sharing the pioneering work of Nature's Path, Traditional Medicinals, and Tony's Chocolonely in support of forests and the communities that depend on them. Eliminating deforestation and forest degradation is absolutely critical in our fight against climate change" says Courtney Pineau, Executive Director of the Climate Collaborative.


 

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