Lakewood, Colorado-based Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has released its environmental, social and governance report for 2022. This second annual ESG report outlines the company’s practices, as well as investments made in the previous year.
The 2021 ESG report was focused on product standards, the cornerstone of Natural Grocers’ sustainability principles.
Natural Grocers decided to emphasize its dedication to regenerative agriculture in its 2022 ESG report. This synergistic systems approach to farming is in parallel with the company’s product standards and five founding principles.
“We chose to focus on our commitment to regenerative agriculture in this year’s ESG report because we believe it is beneficial to the earth and an important practice with the potential to mitigate climate change,” said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers’ executive co-president.
“Regenerative agriculture is a reclamation of the best practices from the past, combined with current evidence-based research, to improve and renew the ecosystem and natural resources that are foundational to farming.”
Natural Grocers’ product standards supports regenerative agriculture, including organic produce, pasture-raised dairy, free-range eggs and humanely-raised and sustainably-sourced meats.
For additional information regarding its product standards, visit naturalgrocers.com/our-standards.
Natural Grocers took steps to enhance transparency in its report and plans to provide additional data in future ESG reports.
“We approach ESG topics with the same mindset as our product standards and nutrition education: rigorous, evidence-based and thoughtful,” Isely said.
“ESG disciplines have always been important to the company, and we are committed to refining and communicating our ESG strategy over time. Our longstanding commitment to sustainable business practices has consistently enabled us to offer high-quality natural and organic products at affordable prices to our customers while also delivering value for our shareholders. We hope to inspire other companies to follow our lead.”
To view the company’s 2022 ESG report, click here.