Plant-based brand improves its B Corp score three years after first certifying, making the company one of the highest scoring food and beverage companies in the UK
The reclassification comes as Alpro increases to 106.3 points – just three years after achieving B Corp status. This follows a sustained innovation strategy and ongoing environmental commitments set out by the plant-based pioneering brand last September, as part of its health and sustainability pledge – “Feeding our Future with Plants”(1).
Sue Garfitt, General Manager at Alpro says: “We are beyond thrilled to have achieved such an improvement in our already impressive B Corp status. As a B Corp business, what really sets us apart is the fact that, in our strategic decisions, we consider the health and sustainability of all our stakeholders – employees, shareholders, the community and the environment. This positioning really strengthens our overall ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision, which emphasises our belief that the health of people and planet are linked.
“Alpro is playing an important role in maintaining a healthy society and planet,” comments Garfitt. “We are leading a worldwide ‘food revolution’ by creating a broad plant-based category which is becoming an indispensable part of a healthy and sustainable life – and we’re proud to be in the position to continue this ongoing investment in the UK as well as across the world.”
Alpro invests in UK Kettering operation
Alpro’s B Corp reclassification is a result of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to sustainable operations – something that the business has placed particular investment on in the UK. Alpro UK’s Kettering facility operates a zero waste to landfill policy, using 100% renewable electricity. In fact, the production site at Kettering has reduced its energy consumption per product (MWh) by -45% since the year 2000 and across Europe Alpro has cut its water usage by product by -20% in the last 10 years (2).
The UK site, which employees 200 people is implementing state of the art technology including combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) to simultaneously generate electricity, useful heating and cooling from the combustion of gas. This results in a more efficient use of primary energy and will enable the factory to reduce energy consumption and therefore the carbon emission.
These achievements are coupled with Alpro’s objectives to reduce 30% of carbon emissions and 60% of water usage by 2025 as well as investing biogas to switch to renewable energy.
(1) Alpro Sustainability Report: 'Feeding our Future with Plants', 2020
(2) Includes factories in Kettering, Issenheim and Wevelgem