When we go to choose our Sustainable Vendor of the Year, we have a lot of great contenders. So what made CLIF Bar stand out this year? Here’s our top 10:
10. CLIF is committed to organic. Featuring 17 USDA Certified organic products and 77% organic or certified sustainable ingredients, they stand up for organic farming and increasing organic acreage.
9. CLIF is committed to reducing waste. When a company aligns with one of our London Drugs sustainability pillars, we take note. Across their organization 83% of waste was diverted from landfill or incineration in 2016.
8. CLIF sources 100% Green Power electricity for their facilities. They also support community- and school-owned wind turbines.
7. CLIF is growing, while staying green. A 10-year compounded annual growth rate of 18% could tempt some companies to stray from their roots. CLIF is growing even greener.
6. Diversity Rules. Sustainability is also about people. In 2016, women held 49% of leadership positions at CLIF, and 43% of all CLIF people were made up of ethnic minorities.
5. CLIF makes climate action a priority. CLIF measures their GHG emissions and has a strategy to reduce them. They also work with supply chain partners to transition to at least 50% green power for electricity used for Clif Bar products and services by 2020.
4. CLIF practices Responsible Purchasing. Another London Drugs priority, supply chain and upstream purchasing is crucial to sustainability. CLIF uses both internal and third party audits of their facilities and has taken control of baking operations with two new factory purchases in 2016.
3. CLIF sets the bar high for operational efficiency. Food Processing Magazine named CLIF’s Idaho bakery “Green Plant of the Year”, for using 37% less water and emitting 40% fewer emissions per unit of production.
2. CLIF’s sustainable aspirations start a the top. The company’s owners and CEO have built a business model not on one bottom line but on Five Aspirations: Sustaining their Business, Brands, People, Community, and Planet.
And last, but not least:
1. CLIF Bars are a big success with YOU the London Drugs customer. Creating a successful product and promoting it well is not easy. CLIF has done it with their whole line, letting London Drugs offer snacks that help people make healthy, happy and sustainable choices. That’s the REAL Green Deal!
Congratulations, CLIF BAR, London Drugs’ Sustainable Vendor of the Year.