In October 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Wonderful Company website for the company's environmental policy or report. The company's Sustainability webpage was viewed on its website, alongside its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.
An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
The Wonderful Company discussed what it was doing to: reduce its water and energy usage through innovative irrigation systems, switch to 100% renewable electricity (currently the company produced 30% of its own electricity on two of its sites), reduce electricity use in its factories and offices, improve the sustainability of its agricultural practices, eco-friendly pest control systems, recycle its waste, use environmentally friendly packaging and protect global bee populations by investing in bee companies. Although the company did not discuss other important issues such as transportation of finished goods, it was considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts.
Only one future target was found that met Ethical Consumer's requirements:
- 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
The company's CSR report appeared to be dated 2019 but the environmental performance data included within it did not appear to have been verified by an independent organisation.
Overall The Wonderful Company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.
CSR report 2019 (2019)