Eleven natural organizations have submitted a grievance in opposition to Danone North America to a program that certifies firms that goal to make use of enterprise as a power for good.
Within the Nov. 8 letter to B Lab, the teams say Danone has breached the core values of a B company as a result of its Horizon Natural subsidiary plans to drop 89 provider farms in New England and New York.
“Danone’s exit from the Northeast will devastate these households and the agricultural economies that rely on a thriving dairy business. Danone’s actions are opposite to the social commitments they made to those farms and their communities,” stated Kate Mendenhall, govt director of the Natural Farmers Affiliation, one of many signatories of the letter.
Licensed B companies are supposed to stability goal and revenue, and are required to think about the results of their selections on their employees, prospects, suppliers, neighborhood, and the atmosphere.
Horizon has stated dropping the dairies will cut back transportation prices. In an interview with Civil Eats, Chris Adamo, a Danone vp, stated the milk truck travels 400 to 600 miles one method to choose up the farms’ milk.
Adamo advised Civil Eats that Horizon continues to function a plant in southwest New York, and is including 50 small farms in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania which can be nearer to the plant than those which can be being dropped.
B Lab has licensed over 4,000 companies as B companies, together with New England-based dairy firms Ben and Jerry’s, Cabot Creamery Co-operative and Stonyfield Farm.
Danone North America has been licensed since 2018, based on B Lab.
This story has been up to date so as to add the feedback from Adamo.
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Congressional representatives despatched a letter to Danone on Oct. 25 urging the milk processor to reverse plans to drop 89 natural dairies in New England.
New England ag officers and organizations are convening to seek out new markets for 89 dairies which can be being dropped by Horizon Natural. The farms, in a number of states throughout the area, will lose their present market on Aug. 3, 2022.
Phil Gruber is the information editor at Lancaster Farming. He might be reached at 717-721-4427 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe him @PhilLancFarming on Twitter.
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