“Sprouts is committed to operating our business in a way that respects social and environmental well-being. We call this commitment “responsible retailing,” and it's engrained within our culture. We all play a role in being good stewards of our planet and its finite resources and, as a growing natural and organic retailer, Sprouts has a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on our communities. As we grow, we will continue to adopt practices that improve our relationship with the environment and strengthen our social responsibility endeavors.”
We partner with suppliers that align with our culture of valuing environmental systems, respecting human rights and protecting animal welfare. We encourage our suppliers to advance responsible sourcing practices and hold them to high standards.
At Sprouts, we are committed to operating our business in a way that minimizes our impact on the environment and safeguards the health of our communities. The major components of Responsible Operations include our Food Rescue Program, where we donate food to people in need through local hunger relief agencies; our Composting/Animal Feed Program, in which we divert food waste away from landfills to composting facilities or cattle farms; and our Recycling Program, where we recycle cardboard and other recyclable packaging from our stores and distribution centers.
We believe we have a responsibility to be a positive influence in the communities where our customers and team members live, work, and play. Our direct and in-kind donations touch millions of lives every year. Through our newly created Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, we are excited to contribute even more to the health of our communities through meaningful partnerships with local non-profit organizations.
We incorporate energy efficient equipment in all we do as we open new stores and reinvigorate existing locations. We look for ways to build our stores with water and energy conservation in mind, such as installing skylights to harvest natural light, using energy efficient equipment, and preferring low-flow water systems. Building responsibly starts with the right store design and a commitment to preserving natural resources. For instance, all new Sprouts stores are built to LEED Silver specifications.
Donated more than 14 million pounds of fresh food, equivalent to over 12 million meals, through our partnerships with hunger relief agencies in 13 states
Diverted more than 5.5 million pounds of food from landfills through composting or by providing animal feed to local farms
Recycled more than 60 million pounds of cardboard
Conducted a sustainability assessment of all of our Texas stores to benchmark our current sustainability efforts and identify opportunities for improvement
Our Team Members supported more than 450 community events through volunteering and/or in-kind donations
Raised more than $2.2 million to support local nonprofit organizations in the 13 states where we operate
Our annual “Grab & Give” holiday program provided over 1.6 million meals to local families in need
Over 65% of Sprouts Brand eggs sold were from cage-free or better than cage-free facilities (i.e., Organic, free-range, etc.)
Established a Vendor Certification Program for all of our produce suppliers to ensure ethical treatment of agricultural workforce