We Produce Food Responsibly

We believe that being a responsible company makes us a better company. It’s the right thing to do — even though at times it can be difficult. We want to change the way the world eats for the better, but we know that how we make our products is just as important as what we make. We take responsibility for the impact we have on the planet and the communities we serve.

Manufacturing+

Mother Nature’s Power

In Europe, Canada and China, our Alpro brand works only with farmers who handpick soy beans. That means we know where every bean has been – and they’re never grown on land that’s been deforested. And when it comes to moving those beans from farm to plant, we also try to rely on natural processes. Our plant in Wevelgem, Belgium, sits on the banks of the Lys, downriver from soybean fields that provide raw material for the plant. Since 2010, Alpro has been using the power of the river’s current to move soybeans to the plant for processing. Every 20-container shipload of soybeans eliminates the CO2 emissions and energy usage of moving 24 trucks full of soybeans to our plant.

Over the course of a year, we eliminate the emissions associated with fueling about 1,200 trucks, simply by relying on the renewable and sustainable power of Mother Nature.

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    We use a river’s current to replace 1,200 delivery trucks a year.

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  • Setting Higher Standards

    We're working hard to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions, waste to landfills, and water usage.

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  • Every Little Step Makes a Difference

    When we find ways to do more with less, everyone benefits.

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Community Action+

Saving Water Sources

The river. It’s society’s source of drinking water. It’s habitat for fish and wildlife. And it’s crucial for agriculture and economic development. But many of the world’s largest rivers — including the Colorado, the Ganges and the Nile — are already so overtapped by humans that they discharge little or no water to the sea, for months at a stretch.

Silk was the first charter corporate sponsor of Change the Course, an ongoing effort to conserve freshwater and preserve the ecological health of the heavily dammed, diverted and overused Colorado River. Change the Course is a collaboration of the National Geographic Society, Participant Media and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a longtime WhiteWave partner.

The program challenges the public to learn about issues that threaten our freshwater, then calculate their own “water footprints” and pledge to take individual action to reduce water usage. Change the Course then translates those pledges into water restoration projects along the mighty Colorado. As a key corporate sponsor, Silk provides valuable funding for these critical initiatives.

In addition to supporting Change the Course, our Silk business invests heavily in the purchase of water restoration certificates to offset 100 percent of its electricity footprint from manufacturing at its company-owned facilities. Silk’s goal is to offset 100 percent of both its water and electricity footprints in the coming years.

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  • Saving Water Sources

    Protecting our rivers for the next generation.

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  • Self-Propelled Change

    It's not just the work we do, it's how we get there to do it.

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