Press Release Contact: Kyle W. Kempf, Green Century Capital Management, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 482-0800
Boston, January 28, 2020 – Green Century commends Aramark, one of the world’s largest food service providers, for fulfilling its commitment to develop a No-Deforestation policy. Green Century collaborated with Aramark to develop the policy, after withdrawing a shareholder resolution focused on sustainable sourcing of forest-risk commodities, in 2019.
“Food production is a leading driver of deforestation, so global foodservice companies have an important role to play in transitioning our food system away from unnecessarily harmful environmental practices,” said Green Century Shareholder Advocacy Jessye Waxman. “I applaud Aramark’s new policy, which will help the company reduce its exposure to climate risks, hold suppliers accountable, and bring the industry one step closer to alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
Aramark’s new policy outlines the company’s commitment to “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” (NDPE) sourcing policies for palm, soy, beef, and timber and paper; and details the improvements the company will implement over the next five years regarding both its sourcing policies and disclosure of progress to stakeholders.
In line with best practices, Aramark also articulated how it would work with suppliers to meet the company’s new goals, indicating that it will require annual updates toward no-deforestation goals from suppliers and will source from suppliers demonstrating progress towards those goals.
Commodity-driven agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation globally. Deforestation is responsible for more than 11% of global anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions, making it a bigger contributor to climate change than the European Union. In addition to exacerbating the climate crisis, deforestation poses risks to biodiversity and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
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