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Our culture is evolving into more health savvy people, looking for – where to buy the right kind of food and what companies provide this request. However, many people are now interested not only in the “right” kind of food, but in sustainable food and companies that go above and beyond providing food, and provide/give back sustainable plans to help the environment, communities, and the consumers. The list below are just some examples of food industry companies who show outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility.

For-profit Companies:

Campbell’s Soup Co.

Campbell’s Soup Company is a large food company that receives $8 billion+ annual sales selling soup, simple meals, snacks and healthy beverages. Campbell’s focuses on global nutrition and wellness, building a more sustainable environment, maintaining a positive role in society “from the farm to the family.” Campbell’s Corporate Social Responsibility serves to nourish four main pillars: our planet, their consumers, their neighbors, and their employees. The CSR approach executes a plan to provide to the environment, build and maintain interactions with costumers and consumers, participation in community service and creating a high-performance workplace. (campbellcsr.com)

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is the world’s largest beverage company, offering more than 700 beverage options. The company’s actions and decisions are weighed on the purpose of refreshing the world, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness, and creating value and making a difference. Their Corporate Social Responsibility practices implement the empowerment of women, water stewardship and replenishment, and human well-being (healthier and happier lives). (coca-colacompany.com)

Starbucks Co.

Starbucks leads in producing and providing high quality coffees around the world; they also offer teas, pastries, and other treats. Starbucks’ vision is to create a positive change, as well as be a leading company in our society and to the environment. Their Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on the community, creating opportunities for everyone around the world, ethical sourcing of coffee, tea, and cocoa by ensuring long-term sustainability, and the environment, reducing their environmental impact by creating new solutions for sustained change. (starbucks.com)

Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods manufactures and markets brand name food and meat products. Their Corporate Social Responsibility approach creates value to consumers. It is the core to their business and is made a priority in their every day decisions. Hormel Foods’ practices include, environmental stewardship, animal care, product safety and quality, the workplace and it’s people, and communities. (homelfoods.com)

Heinz

Known for its ketchup, Heinz is the most global of all U.S. based food companies, also marketing sauces, meals, snacks, and infant/nutrition. Heinz bases their business plan on sustainability. Their Corporate Social Responsibility practices, that aid their plan, are the environment and reducing impact, communities, nutrition and innovation, the supply chain. These practices are in every part of the business and guide the company’s plan toward sustainable growth. (heinz.com)

Nestlè

Leading in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Nestle has brands that cover almost every food and beverage category. Instead of calling practicing Corporate Social Responsibility they call it and practice Creating Shared Value. CVS is an opportunity to create positive value for society. In creating this they practice nutrition, rural development, water stewardship, environmental sustainability, and people, human rights and compliance. (nestlè.com)

Whole Foods

“America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” Whole Foods seeks and provides the best natural and organic foods. The company strives to sell the highest quality organic food, to satisfy customers, support local and global communities, manage the environment responsibly, and to promote a healthy lifestyle. In order to achieve these goals, Whole Foods’ Corporate Social Responsibility practices are caring for the communities (giving back and meeting needs), Seafood sustainability {restoring marine and coastal ecosystems}. Environmental stewardship, whole trade (ethical trade and quality products from developing nations), and animal welfare. (wholefoods.com

Keystone Foods

Keystone Foods is a distributer of protein products to many top chain restaurants, food service providers, and retail outlets. Their company’s program, KEYSTAR, has principles of socially responsible growth, total commitment, achieving balance, and respecting the environment. Through Corporate Social Responsibility, Keystone Foods practices: sustaining the planet, contributing to communities, supporting their people, and creating shared value. (keystonefoods.com)

Monsanto

Monsanto supplies agricultural products such as seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. The company focuses on empowerment of farmers and conserving the world’s natural resources. Corporate Social Responsibility to them is often referred to as “sustainable intensification,” committing to the planet, the people, and the company. Monsanto’s CSR practices are: climate action, irrigation water application efficiency, biodiversity and pollinators, resource conservation, improving harvests, and improving lives for smallholder farmers. (monsanto.com)

General Mills

General Mills is a manufacture and marketer of branded consumer foods. The company aims to nourish the lives of consumers by making their lives “healthier, easier and richer.” To reach their values of serving to global communities, General Mills implements Corporate Responsibility practices in health and wellness, sustainable sourcing of raw materials, reducing environmental impact, creating a safe and healthy workplace, and building strong communities through philanthropy. (generalmills.com)

Non-profit Companies

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance, is an international nonprofit organization. Their mission is to conserve environmental resources and guarantee sustainable communities. The organization works to change practices in land-use and business. In order to do this, the organization trains and certifies to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in areas of the world the have the most vulnerable ecosystems. (rainforest-alliance.com)

Other

Bioversity International

Bioversity International is an organization that specializes in global research-for-development. This organization focuses on agricultural biodiversity in vision that it nourishes the people and sustains our planet. Bioversity International works with low-income countries. They strive to meet global challenges such as: “reduce global malnutrition, adapt to climate change, increase productivity and reduce risk, address shrinking food diversity.” (bioversityinternational.org)