Organically Grown Company Releases 14th Annual Sustainability Report

April 21st 2018

In preparation for their 40th year, the organization looks back to guide them forward

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 20, 2018) – It has been 48 years since the very first Earth Day Celebration in 1970. Forty years ago this movement helped shape Organically Grown Company and their commitment to promoting and ensuring the long term viability of organic and sustainable agriculture! In this historic anniversary year, they will be celebrating the incredible growth of organics, and preparing to stay true to their mission while leading the trade in the rapidly changing marketplace for several decades to come. Their 14th Annual Sustainability Report reflects progress towards their goals including successes and opportunities to continue to improve.

“We launched this business more than 40 years ago because our founders believed that the dominant way of farming and eating was degrading health of people and the planet, and traditional models of business were extractive of community wealth.” says Elizabeth Nardi, CEO. “We wanted to change the food system paradigm that we felt was unsustainable for the planet. Reflecting on progress towards these goals is critical to assessing the company’s efforts towards cultivating a diverse, sustainable, and engaged organic trade from farm to marketplace.”

At OGC, promoting organic agriculture and sustainable food systems is the “what” – the organic produce they deliver and the “how” – the ways they operate and do business. It is the green features of their facilities and commitment to zero waste, it is the fuel in their trucks, the community donations, trade advocacy efforts, and health of coworkers.

“We are committed to working towards our long-term sustainability goals through continuous improvements in all areas of our supply chain. With our role in the middle of a diverse supply network we embrace innovation and collaboration to address critical issues such as mitigating climate change, reducing food waste and supporting the viability and sustainability of farming.”says Kimberlee Chambers, Supply Chain and Sustainability Program Manager.

In 2017, OGC continued to make progress towards each of their key sustainability goals:

  • Goal 1: Achieve Carbon Neutrality and Eliminate Fossil Fuel Use
  • Goal 2: Eliminate Solid Waste and Toxic Substances
  • Goal 3: Achieve On-Farm Sustainability and Small/Medium Farm Viability
  • Goal 4: Foster a Healthy and Fulfilling Workplace
  • Goal 5: Build Customer and Broader Community Awareness and Support for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System

Read the full sustainability report at www.organicgrown.com/sustainability2017

About Organically Grown Company Founded in 1978, employee and grower-owned Organically Grown Company (OGC) is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. From locations in Oregon and Washington, OGC works with more than 300 growers and vendors to market and distribute produce to over 900 retail, wholesale and restaurant customers throughout the greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. OGC’s trademarked LADYBUG brand represents more than 30 Northwest, family-owned, organic and Salmon-Safe certified farms and is sold in markets across the United States and Canada. OGC has been recognized as a leader in sustainable business practices including sourcing 100% renewable energy in facilities, operating their own Clean Air certified truck fleet, support for fair trade and charitable giving. Their mission is “Promoting health through organic agriculture as a leading sustainable organization.”