Better Living Roadmap Focuses on People, Product and Progress
Today, Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) released its Better Living Roadmap, an inaugural environmental, social and governance (ESG) report. The report details Blue Apron’s ESG accomplishments in 2021 against its internal goals and includes the company’s first Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) report.
The company’s ESG work reflects its goals, values and expectations of its employees, supply chain, community of customers and investors. The work has focused on reducing food and packaging waste in its fulfillment centers and products, becoming carbon neutral, making a public commitment to sustainable packaging and more.
“Our Better Living Roadmap, in conjunction with our SASB report, demonstrates our commitment to transparency and our vision of Better Living Through Better Food™,” said Linda Findley, Blue Apron’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we are pleased with the progress we have made thus far and are proud of our example-setting standards, we know we can always improve and build upon each milestone. We look forward to providing updates on our progress in future reports.”
The Better Living Roadmap is a first step towards the company’s planned regular annual ESG reporting, with the next installment expected to be published in the first half of 2023.
Kelly Burton, Blue Apron’s Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, added, “This report is key to tracking the progress of our ESG initiatives, including social impact, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), responsible sourcing, operational food waste reduction, packaging sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. Through this report, we are holding ourselves accountable against all of our goals.”
The Better Living Roadmap outlines the company’s priorities in three key categories: People, Product and Progress. 2021 highlights include:
- Blue Apron’s $18 minimum wage demonstrated a commitment to its employees and has contributed to increased levels of productivity, including higher perfect quality box scores and lower levels of refunds.
- Internal programs such as Chef’s Table and Aprons for All highlighted Blue Apron’s dedication to the DE&I of its workforce.
- Since 2012, the company has partnered with regional food banks to donate surplus food and, in 2021, donated 1.3 million meals.*
- Blue Apron’s fulfillment centers are certified under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code, a standard the company has met since 2018.
- The company continues to adhere to leading animal welfare and sustainable seafood sourcing standards.
- A commitment to mitigating food waste led to food waste representing an estimated 1% of Blue Apron’s calculated Scope 3 emissions in 2021.
- Blue Apron became a carbon-neutral company by offsetting its estimated 2021 Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
- The company set a goal to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in its meal kits by 2025 and has met approximately 85% of that goal to date.
- Blue Apron’s board of directors included 80% who identify as female and 20% who identify as racially diverse at the end of 2021.
- In 2021, all its Class B common stock was converted into shares of Class A common stock, and therefore the company is no longer a “controlled company” under the New York Stock Exchange’s guidelines.
- The company conducted its first ever sustainability materiality assessment in the first quarter of 2022 and its first SASB report is included as part of the Better Living Roadmap, creating a foundation to track Blue Apron’s progress.
View the full report at investors.blueapron.com/ESG.
* Feeding America estimates that 12 pounds of food equals 10 meals.
About Blue Apron
Blue Apron’s vision is Better Living Through Better Food™. Launched in 2012, Blue Apron offers fresh, chef-designed meals that empower home cooks to embrace their culinary curiosity, challenge their abilities in the kitchen and see what a difference cooking quality food can make in their lives. Blue Apron is a carbon-neutral meal-kit company and is focused on bringing incredible recipes to its customers, while promoting planetary and dietary wellness for everyone.
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