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Goals &
Commitments

Accountability is one of the guiding principles of our sustainability program. We have established the following goals and commitments to ensure progress on our priorities.

  • All target years are fiscal year end. Additional detail can be found in the respective sections of the report.

Environment


  • Climate Action

    GHG Emissions

    Science-based emissions reduction target covering scopes 1, 2 and 3 approved by Science Based Targets Initiative

    Target Year 2022
    Status On Track
    2020 Progress Analysis underway to establish targets and supportive initiatives
    Energy Use

    Source 20% of our electricity from renewable sources

    Target Year 2023
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress Baseline: 2% renewable

    30% reduction in distribution center energy intensity from a 2019 baseline

    Target Year 2030
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress Baseline: 0.06 MJ/USD
  • Waste Reduction

    Food Waste

    50% reduction in distribution center food waste from a 2019 baseline

    Target Year 2025
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress Cross-functional team established to tackle food waste in our operations
    Baseline: 11,921 tons
    Waste

    Zero waste to landfill from distribution center operations

    Target Year 2030
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress 58% of waste diverted from landfill
    Sustainable Packaging

    Complete an audit of Brands+ and operational packaging

    Target Year 2022
    Status NEW

    Add How2Recycle instructions to all Brands+ product packaging

    Target Year 2023
    Status NEW

Social


  • Food Safety

    Distribution Centers

    Achieve SQF certification at all distribution centers

    Target Year 2025
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress 78% of DCs SQF certified
    Retail Stores

    Strive for “Green” Ecolab Retail audit rating at all retail stores

    Target Year Ongoing
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress 61% of stores received “Green” audit rating
  • Food Access

    Food Donations

    Donate 250 million pounds of food, equivalent to approximately 208 million meals

    Target Year 2030
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress 23 million pounds of food donated, equivalent to roughly 19 million meals
    Access & Affordability

    Increase access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for people in low-income communities and vulnerable situations

    Target Year Ongoing
    Status Commitment

    Promote soil health through regenerative and organic practices on 1 million acres through UNFI Foundation grantmaking

    Target Year 2030
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress $1 million awarded to 93 nonprofits promoting food justice and access to better food

  • Safety & Wellbeing

    Workplace Safety

    Strive toward zero injuries in our workplace

    Target Year Ongoing
    Status Commitment
    2020 Progress Leading consultant engaged to guide safety strategy, improve management systems
    Associate Wellbeing

    Support the physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing of our associates and their families

    Target Year Ongoing
    Status Commitment
    2020 Progress 67% of eligible associates participated in wellness program, New Paid Parental Leave policy
  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Our People

    Increase diversity in leadership roles across the company

    Target Year Ongoing
    Status Commitment
    2020 Progress Hired VP of Diversity & Inclusion, began review of recruiting, training and talent practices
    Associate Engagement

    10,000 associate ESG-related ‘Missions’ completed

    Target Year 2022
    Status NEW

    Log 200,000 associate volunteer hours

    Target Year 2030
    Status NEW
    2020 Progress Associates volunteered 2,939 hours*

    *Significantly impacted by limitations on in-person volunteering due to COVID-19