Company Announces Additional Sustainability Initiatives
Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) announces that it has met its commitment to become carbon neutral by March 31, 2022, offsetting Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
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Blue Apron achieved its carbon neutral goal and is now working towards implementing systematic reductions designed to achieve a longer-term goal of net zero. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Blue Apron achieved its goal through the purchase of carbon offsets, based on an initial carbon footprint analysis conducted by Aspiration.* The carbon credits were purchased from Aspiration, and cover estimated upstream and downstream emissions that range from sourcing, packaging and transporting Blue Apron’s products.
Blue Apron is now working towards implementing systematic reductions designed to achieve a longer-term goal of net zero.
“Sustainability has always been part of our DNA and we believe it’s important to conduct our business in a way that mitigates our impact on the world around us,” said Linda Findley, Blue Apron’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving our carbon neutrality goal was one of our top priorities. While we are proud of this achievement, we know that there’s more work for us to do, along with others in the industry, to help ensure a better world for future generations.”
Becoming carbon neutral is part of Blue Apron’s Better Living Roadmap, the company’s plans to sustain, preserve and build on its sustainability commitments.
“We believe that delivering delicious meals to our customers around the country, while also playing a key role in promoting planetary and dietary wellness for everyone is critical to our vision of Better Living Through Better FoodTM,” added Findley. “Our Better Living Roadmap is guiding us as we continue to develop our plans to achieve our impact goals, while holding ourselves accountable along the way.”
The Better Living Roadmap is focused on three categories: People, Product and Progress.
People: Focus on the people behind Blue Apron - from employees, to partners throughout its value chain, to its community of customers. Plans include continuing to:
- Provide a safe and prosperous place for all employees, including the ongoing development of career growth initiatives along with offering competitive wages
- Support community programs, including ongoing partnerships with regional food banks and offering employees access to high-quality ingredients at little to no cost to them
Product: Build on value and sustainability efforts customers have come to expect from Blue Apron. Plans include:
- Continued efforts to offer high-quality ingredients that are responsibly sourced and adhere to animal welfare standards
- Ongoing efforts at reductions in waste, emissions and packaging
Progress: Work to help ensure transparency and accountability through governance and non-financial sustainability disclosures. Planned efforts include:
- Continuing to evolve as a public company by striving to add more diversity at all levels of the company
- Conducting an annual sustainability materiality assessment with a broad cross section of senior internal stakeholders to help identify key impact initiatives within the company
- Publishing an annual update on sustainability commitments, including non financial disclosures in alignment with Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), currently estimated to start in 2023
To learn more about Blue Apron’s commitment, visit cook.ba/carbon-neutral.
*Aspiration Sustainable Impact Services, LLC (“Aspiration”) is affiliated with the company’s largest shareholder
About Blue Apron
Blue Apron’s vision is Better Living Through Better Food™. Launched in 2012, Blue Apron offers fresh, chef-designed recipes 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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