“ARYZTA Cares” is the phrase we use for our overall approach to social responsibility and sustainability. It includes sourcing and preparing our food in a responsible and sustainable manner with world-class quality and food safety, minimizing our use of natural resources, giving back to the communities in which we work and do business, and engaging our employees in all aspects of these efforts.
We aspire to be viewed internally and externally as a socially responsible organization and to leverage our global resources to improve ethical, environmental, and economic outcomes.
Our regional businesses team up with and support local communities and charities. For example, ARYZTA Ireland is a sponsor of Crumlin Childrens Hospital in Dublin and works with children and young people in local schools and job centers. ARYZTA in the Americas are proud supporters of Share Our Strength, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. ARYZTA has developed an Otis Spunkmeyer® “Orange Cookie” in support of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. And La Brea Bakery®, an ARYZTA brand and the industry leader in Artisan Bread, is a sponsor of Taste of the Nation Los Angeles.
ARYZTA supports the production of sustainable Palm Oil and is a global member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We purchase either RSPO mass balance certified palm oil or RSPO Credits / Green Palm Certificates to cover all palm oil used in our North American food offerings. Many of our European bakeries are also striving towards reducing and, where possible, eliminating palm oil usage altogether in production. In Ireland for example we have replaced palm oil with rapeseed oil in many of our products. Rapeseed oil can be locally sourced, reducing the carbon footprint due to transportation.
In North America, ARYZTA sources United Egg Producers (UEP) certified eggs to ensure the humane treatment of animals. The ARYZTA Supplier Code of Conduct addresses business practices, labor laws, and other expectations that ARYZTA has of its suppliers. Suppliers must be in compliance of the Code of Conduct and a 3rd party auditor is utilized to ensure adherence to these important practices.
By 2050, the planet will need to produce 70% more food, with less land, water and energy while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, we are aiming to continuously reduce consumption of material resources in manufacturing and waste.
In the Americas,ten of our bakeries have achieved zero waste to landfill. This effort includes maximizing recycling and sending non-recyclable waste to incineration or co-processing facilities with energy recovery or fuel source generation. All of our bakeries have recycling programs. We have consolidated the measurement of gas, electricity, and water usage in all of our bakeries and have committed to reduce the use of these natural resources on a per-ton of-food-delivered basis.
Our Irish bakeries have made significant strides in recent years in reducing food waste to just 3%, as well as reducing packaging. Our packaging is made of 85% recycled material, and all other materials are sustainable sources.