In its first ever sustainability report, Nature’s Sunshine detailed its progress toward its workplace initiatives and sustainability goals, as well as its plans to continue transforming the business in the future.
As part of its efforts, the company stated that it is continually assessing and adjusting its packaging to reduce waste. Last year, the company switched from plastic jars to bags for its powdered products, and transitioned 80% of its capsule and tablet products to consumer-recycled PCR bottles. The goal will be to transition to 100% in 2022.
Using an evaluation of last year’s environmental footprint assessment and greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the company presented a roadmap for its 2022 sustainability goals, which include:
- 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025
- 100% renewable energy at owned manufacturing facilities by 2023
- 0% waste to landfill at all distribution centers by 2023
- 35% reduction in waste at owned manufacturing facilities by 2025
“Nature’s Sunshine has been dedicated to nature for the past 50 years,” said Terrence Moorehead, Nature’s Sunshine CEO. “We are committed to becoming a force of nature through achieving our environmental, social and governance goals. This inaugural sustainability report allows us to look at the meaningful work we continue to do and find ways to be better in preserving and protecting nature, which is essential to our business as the nutrition supplement company of the future.”
The company is also making intentional investments in people. The Nature’s Sunshine Scholarship, which launched a $300,000 scholarship program for multicultural student recipients at the University of Utah, was a component of the company’s DE&I initiatives. In its report, the company expressed that it continues to embrace a diverse global workforce and is endeavoring to create a culture of safety, which was illustrated by its reduction in Experience Modification (EMOD) workplace safety rates.
“People are our greatest asset,” said Tracee Comstock, Nature’s Sunshine Vice President of Human Resources. “We have a duty to invest in their future and well-being.”