In the last 12 months, we have increased the makeup of electric forklifts from 33% to 46% of our fleet, and we expect continued improvement as forklift leases mature.
85 percent of the new space we have added in the last 12 months uses LED lighting, and we are continuing to work with landlords to retrofit legacy facilities with newer LED lighting.
Facilities near population centers
We have strategically chosen densely populated areas for our newest four facilities added in the last 12 months, which reduces travel time for our workers as well as our carbon footprint on a per-worker basis.
In April 2021, as a part of our corporate Earth Day observance, our family of co-packing companies unveiled a third-party review that established our baseline carbon footprint. To read the full Sustainability 2021 report prepared by a team of students from the Wake Forest University School of Business Master’s in Management click here.
We are continuing to make business choices at our facilities with our carbon footprint in mind. These investments demonstrate a few of the specific ways our business practices align with our environmental commitment, as we stated it in April 2021:
We are prioritizing sustainable practices not only to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals, but to continuously work to minimize our impact on the environment. To do our part to minimize global warming, we plan to use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a guideline for our sustainability strategy. By 2030, we pledge to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 50%. By 2050, we pledge to have net zero emissions. Meeting these goals will help us work towards limiting global warming and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the earth’s climate.
As we continue to invest in expanded operations and new locations, we will continue to focus on meeting our customers’ needs – and doing so sustainably.