SunOpta Highlights Progress towards Sustainability Goals in 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report
SunOpta Inc. (Nasdaq: STKL) (TSX: SOY), a leading global company focused
on organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, released its
sixth Corporate Sustainability Report today. The report outlines
SunOpta's ongoing efforts to integrate sustainability into its overall
business strategy enabling it to reduce its environmental footprint and
improve operational performance to accelerate shareholder value.
"Sustainability is central to how SunOpta operates and our company's
purpose to responsibly bring healthy food from field-to-table," said
SunOpta Chief Executive Officer Rik Jacobs. "Our efforts around
sustainability are key to our broader efforts to focus the company on
the emerging healthy categories in which we hold significant competitive
advantages. We're also committed to improving our operational
performance to drive growth in operating margins to realize maximum
SunOpta's approach is built on five platforms that are integrated into
its overall business strategy: workplace, community, partnerships,
environment and marketplace. These platforms allow the company address
each dimension of sustainability in a way that serves customers'
best-interests, improves the communities in which it operates and
maximizes value for shareholders. Work on each of the five platforms
guides SunOpta's overall efforts to become an increasingly sustainable
organization. Highlights from this year's report include:
78% waste diversion away from landfills at company facilities worldwide
120 days-worth of time spent by employees volunteering for
organizations that help bring well-being to life in their communities
25% year-over-year improvement in employee engagement grand mean score
across the company
33% reduction in Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) compared to 2014
SunOpta is committed to improving operational performance. The company's
approach to sustainability supports this goal by encouraging efforts to
streamline processes to reduce SunOpta's environmental footprint and
improve gross margins, while realizing efficiencies in its supply chain
and logistics operations.
About SunOpta Inc.
SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic,
non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. The Company
specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and
non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products
with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. The
Company's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added
grain, seed, fruit and vegetable based product offerings, supported by a
global sourcing and supply infrastructure.
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Beth McGillivary, 905-821-9669
Source: SunOpta Inc.
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