Food Service CL

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Mission/Purpose/Vision-Bunge, Cargill

The mission statements for Bunge and Cargill both center around the concept of connecting suppliers with consumers. Both companies' statements of purpose pertain to feeding the world. The companies' vision statements differ in that Bunge's focuses on increasing the world's supply of resources, while Cargill's focuses on being the worldwide leader for feeding people.

Bunge

1. Mission

  • Bunge's mission statement is as follows: "We are a commodity-based processing and logistics company that connects farmers with feed, food and retail customers. We strive to continuously improve the food production chain and to deliver high quality products that are safe and competitive."

2. Purpose

  • The following is Bunge's statement of purpose: "Our purpose is to enhance lives by improving the agribusiness and food production chain."

3. Vision

  • Bunge's vision statement is the following: "Food is life. Energy is life. The world will need more food and energy, and natural resources are getting increasingly scarce."

Cargill

1. Mission

  • Cargill's mission statement is as follows: "We bring food, agricultural, financial and industrial products to people who need them all around the world."

2. Purpose

  • The following is Cargill's statement of purpose: "Our purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine our experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries."

3. Vision

  • Cargill's vision "is to be the global leader in nourishing people."
  • At times, Cargill uses the terms purpose and vision interchangeably with regard to the aforementioned vision statement, but the company's CEO referred to that statement as the company's vision in stating the following: "Cargill’s vision of being the global leader in nourishing people comes with a commitment to being responsible."

Research Strategy

To find the mission, purpose, and vision statements for both Bunge and Cargill, we began by reviewing the company's websites. We did so to see whether the companies published any or all of those statements on their websites. We were able to find those statements through the companies' websites.
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Mission/Purpose/Vision-Golden State Foods, Kikkoman

Golden State Foods' vision is to "make the best products and provide the best service," while Kikkoman's mission is " to produce higher quality products and services in an efficient, safe and hygienic manner."

Golden State Foods

  • According to Golden State Foods' website, its creed and values are its mission statement.
  • Golden State Foods' creed is "We believe in God and the dignity of all people. We believe that people should be treated as we would like to be treated, and this applies to all of our associates, their families, our customers and suppliers, and to all others with whom we do business. We believe that successful independent business is the backbone of nations, and that our success is dependent upon the success of our customers, and that only by working together can the ultimate success of all partners be assured. We, therefore, dedicate ourselves to work for our mutual success and pledge our best efforts always toward the attainment of our common goal.
  • Golden State Foods' values are the following statements:
  • Golden State Foods' purpose is to process and distribute "liquid products, meat products, produce, dairy, and other services, providing a variety of networked solutions for the total supply chain spectrum."
  • Golden State Foods' vision is to "make the best products and provide the best service."

Kikkoman

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Mission/Purpose/Vision-Stratas Foods, T. Marzetti

The purpose statement for T. Marzetti Foodservice is, "to bring delicious food to the table," while Stratas Foods' purpose centers on building a "leadership position in the industry through a combination of product consistency, quality, and service."

Strata Foods

Mission
  • Stratas Foods LLC's mission statement is as follows: "Stratas Foods LLC is a leading supplier of fats, oils, sauces, mayonnaise and dressings to the Foodservice, Food Ingredients and Retail Private Label markets in North America."
Purpose
  • The following is Stratas Foods LLC's statement of purpose: "Stratas Foods has built its leadership position in the industry through a combination of product consistency, quality, and service. Stratas is also recognized for its innovation in terms of research and development to meet the demands of consumers for “better performing” and “better for you” products."
Vision
Stratas Foods LLC's website sites the statements below as the company's visions.
  • "We are committed to being the most valued supplier of fats, oils, mayonnaise, dressings and sauces to the foodservice, food ingredients and retail private-label markets in North America. We will accomplish this by focusing on the following:
  • Providing a broad portfolio of solutions that fully meet our customers’ evolving needs."

T. Marzetti Foodservice

Mission
  • As per T. Marzetti Foodservice's website, its mission statement is: "a leading specialty foods company, celebrates its strong brands, outstanding products, and innovative culture."
Purpose
  • T. Marzetti's Foodservice's purpose is to: "bring delicious food to the table, superior service to our customers" with products such as Marzetti salad dressings and dips, New York Bakery frozen breads and Sister Schubert's homemade rolls."
Vision
  • T. Marzetti Foodservice's vision statement is the following: "We bring delicious food to the table, superior service to our customers, and value to our consumers through product innovation and differentiation."

Research Strategy

  • To find the mission, purpose, and vision statements for both Stratas Foods and T. Marzetti Foodservice, we began by reviewing the company's websites. We did so to see whether the companies published any or all of those statements on their websites. We were able to find those statements through the companies' websites.

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Mission/Purpose/Vision-Bolthouse, Heluva Good!

Bolthouse's mission is to help people eat better and live healthier lifestyles, while Heluva Good! is "serious about snacking" and wants to keep food fun.

Bolthouse

Heluva Good!

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Sustainability and CSR-Bunge

Bunge leverages experience in the food and agriculture system to enhance the sustainability of its activities and processes while attending to its corporate social responsibility. Satellite monitoring, sustainable sourcing, reporting on traceability, scaling up the use of renewable energy sources, and expanding the positive impact are some of Bunge’s sustainability efforts.

Overview of Sustainability Efforts

Overview of CSR Efforts

  • Bunge takes part in local activities. It participates in and sponsors activities that support the communities in its global operations.
  • The company purchases from nearby farms in an effort to promote the growth of local companies.
  • Through employment and investments, the company supports the progress of local communities. The company practices these efforts through employee volunteer activities and by collaborating with community associations.
  • The company engages in constructive conversation with various stakeholders on matters of progressing sustainability in global operations and supply chain. This effort is put on to all of Bunge’s operations, globally, and programs and activities are customized based on local needs.
  • Bunge has repeatedly directed its social investments to realize projects that help in the local development of the communities in the areas where they are installed.
  • Bunge equips social groups in various ways to help in their economic development. For Instance, it issued 300 rollers to women groups originating from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Benin in 2018. The rollers were to help the recipients in the collection of shea nuts in the field.
  • It leads programs that promote societal integration. In 2018, the company led the Mato Grosso program intending to enhance the inclusion of young apprentices and disabled persons in market workforce.
  • In 2018, the company's focused on the integral protection of youngsters and teenagers and support for the socioeconomic development people in the Para region.
  • The company has partnered with Senar to encourage income generation in Para communities. Increased income helps increase the self-esteem and living standards of people in the region.

Analysis of Bunge’s Focus on Embedding Purpose

Research Strategy

In order to find out the sustainability and CSR efforts of Bunge, the research team consulted the company’s website, trusted websites, articles, and blogs regarding the company’s sustainability. Some company’s sustainability efforts include satellite monitoring, sustainable sourcing, reporting on traceability, scaling up the use of renewable energy sources, and expanding the positive impact. Bunge’s CSR efforts were identified to include participating and sponsoring local activities, buying from local farms, supporting local communities through employment and investment, initiating projects that help in the local development of the communities, and leading programs that promote societal integration.
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Sustainability and CSR-Cargill

Cargill is committed to protecting the planet from deforestation and it has initiatives in South America to preserve natural vegetation. The company has built 87 schools in Vietnam serving 13,000 children. Its support for National Schools Meal Program has distributed at least 76,000 meals and is operational in 62 countries. The Hatching Hope Global Initiative will improve the livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030. A detailed report is presented below.

Sustainability Efforts

  • Cargill has trained 2.3 million farmers on sustainable agriculture since 2017 and the company's initiative aims to train 10 million farmers by 2030.
  • The company has partnered with Soil Health Institute to study and promote the various benefits of soil health management practices and systems in North America.
  • Cargill is actively seeking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% calculated from the 2017 baseline. To this end, it has purchased 50 megawatts of wind power from Geronimo Energy to increase its utilization of renewable power in its operations.
  • The forest protection initiative aims to ensure that agriculture and forests are coexisting sustainably. Cargill has updated its global forest policy and developed a policy with a timed action plan to direct the sustainable production of soy in South America. To bolster the initiative, the company has committed $30 million for finding and implementing innovative ways of preserving forests in the region.
  • Cargill supports The Nature Conservancy in its efforts to protect natural resources with a critical effect on the Mississippi River. The company has invested in stream banks, easements, and floodplain restoration to help prevent sediments and pollutants from entering water bodies in Minnesota. The initiative is in support of its sustainable beef production through protecting and cleaning rivers.
  • Cargill upholds the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon which was agreed upon in 2006. The company has partnered with various organizations to implement the initiative of not buying soy from farms in the Amazon that have been deforested later than 2006. The effort has led to an 80% decline in deforestation in the Amazon.
  • The company's commitment to sustainably source 60% of its red seaweed is backed by the initiative to build resilience in the entire supply chain. Cargill has financed research into red seaweed and its cultivation with a focus on advanced harvesting techniques. It has also developed programs that share best practices in red seaweed farming and invested in better infrastructure.

CSR Efforts

  • Cargill collaborated with One Campaign to improve girls' access to education and help lift girls and women out of poverty through sharing positive stories about women advocating for change in their communities. The initiative is scheduled to run for two years and Cargill has committed $2 million towards the cause.
  • In its cocoa supply chain in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Cargill has partnered with CARE to establish 108 women groups and "29 village savings and loan associations" in a bid to empower women involved in the supply chain.
  • In response to the Midwest flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, Cargill provided a $100,000 grant to Food Bank for the Heartland and Red Cross to help support the community affected by the floods. It also created a grant program that matched donations from its employees in a bid to further assist the flood victims.
  • Cargill Foundation partnered with several non-profit organizations operating in Minnesota in a bid to reduce the opportunity gap in children from low-income families and improve childhood nutrition. The foundation donated $10 million to support the pressing social issue.
  • In Vietnam, Cargill has built 87 schools since 1997 through the Cargill Care program. The schools serve approximately 13,000 students and the company has spent over $5 million on this initiative. It also organizes children's day and distributes shoes, school bags, and toys to the students.
  • Cargill has been working with the "World Food Program to support homegrown school meals in 62 countries". The initiative seeks to enhance food and school nutrition programs in primary schools and targets students from low-income families. In Indonesia, Cargill has distributed at least 76,000 meals since 2017.
  • Cargill launched The Hatching Hope Global Initiative which intends to "improve the nutrition and economic livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030" through production and promotion of poultry. The initiative works with women smallholder farmers to empower them economically and help them participate in bridging the global food security gap.

Embedding Purpose in Operations and CSR Versus Sustainability Initiatives


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Sustainability and CSR-Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods heavily prioritizes sustainability through its aversion to landfills, constantly drives itself towards finding renewable energy or alternative fuel for its fleet, and works with various organizations to integrate sustainability into communities. Centering the company around its fleet, Golden State Farms most prominently advocates for lower air emissions and renewable energy for vehicles.

CSR Efforts

Sustainability Efforts

  • In 2014, Pratt Industries, America's leader in recycled paper and packaging, recognized Golden State Foods for its commitment to sustainability.
  • Pratt Industries cited Golden State Foods' "zero landfill initiative" as one of its reasons for recognition.
  • For the year of 2020, Golden State Foods has set out five sustainability goals.
  • The company's goals are: cutting down its carbon footprint by one-fifth, practicing "zero waste to landfill" in all of its facilities, receiving green building equivalent certifications at three-fourths of its institutions, inducting renewable energy or alternative fuel in its entire fleet, and actively interacting with four-fifths of its associates.
  • In 2018, Golden State Foods built thirty-two electric power outlets in Garner, North Carolina, mainly to lower air emissions, working in tandem with Duke Energy.
  • In 2018, the company boasted a fleet of one-thousand 48 and 53 foot tractor trailers, as well as one hundred twenty-eight foot box trucks.
  • During that year, the fleet made more than twenty-five thousand deliveries a week, accounting for more than sixty-million miles.
  • Golden State Foods also added solar panels to the top of its trucks that operate in a sunlight-dominated climate.
  • As of the fourth quarter of 2019, Golden State Foods finalized its deposits to Tesla for semi trucks to experiment with sustainable delivery systems.



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Sustainability and CSR-Kikkoman

Kikkoman's CSR and sustainability initiatives are established at the global parent-company level. CSR Hub rates Kikkoman at 82% for its combined CSR and environmental, social and governance metrics, which is relatively high. Overall, its CSR and sustainability initiatives operate within the local sphere of the company's immediate reach, specifically its own corporate function and its immediate local environment.

Sustainability Efforts

  • CSR Hub rates Kikkoman's sustainability efforts at 63%. According to the parent company website, the company's environmental initiatives date back to 1970.
  • Kikkoman USA was involved in alternative energy generation as early as 2010.
  • Between 1997 and 2006, Kikkoman attained ISO14001 certification for all its major bases. In 2015, Kikkoman signed onto the Water Mandate in the UN Global Compact and Water Project.
  • Since 1995, the company has won 25 awards, 24 of which are for environmental initiatives.
  • Currently, Kikkoman operates an 'Environmental Preservation Management Promotion System,' which involves a broad swath of management in environmental steerage and environmental initiative execution. 'Management,' in this instance, includes individuals ranging from the CEO to managers in company offices. The company's Environmental Preservation Committee oversees all environmental preservation activities.
  • The company also maintains a comprehensive and publicly-available 'activity book' detailing its 'environmental preservation activities,' which include initiatives in recycling, architecture, use of waste by-products, water preservation and eco-packaging.
  • Kikkoman's environmental charter focuses on individual and corporate responsibility, self-reflection, and local engagement. This is indicated in its awards outcomes, which highlight the company's many initiatives in office architecture and creating local beautiful environments. From this, it can be deduced that these are the areas in which the company's sustainability efforts are most clearly embedded.

CSR Efforts

  • Kikkoman's 'corporate citizenship' policy is established at the global parent-company level, and is strongly food-based. The three foundations of its corporate citizenship policy are 1) responsible operations, 2) products/services, and 3) actions for a global society. Of these, the latter two are specific to its food-based functionality, both in producing actual food products and in promoting specific food culture ideals.
  • CSR hub gives Kikkoman a 54% absolute rating on CSR performance; it fares slightly better in comparative rankings, at 64%.
  • In 2004, the company won the 2003 Excellent Corporation Award "for its excellent practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) management that serves as a model for other companies."
  • Kikkoman participates in the United Nations Global Compact(UNGC), established in 2001. The company also participates in a number of flexible work arrangements, which include flexible and staggered schedules, morning sickness leave, and multiple childcare leave and flexibility arrangements.
  • The company operates multiple 'food education' initiatives, including a soy sauce museum, school education programs, and various food culture publications.
  • Kikkoman has operated a local hospital in Kami-Hanawa, Noda City since 1914.
  • Relative to its suppliers, Kikkoman has an explicit policy to "not pursue profits by unfair or unjust means."
  • Kikkoman's CSR initiatives focus on local engagement, strong corporate responsibility, and wholesome engagement with the individual (both consumers and employees). Similar to its environmental and sustainability initiatives, the company's CSR initiatives keep close to its sphere as an employer and a food product producer; its CSR initiatives are embedded in its human resources policies, and its social initiatives focus specifically on creating depth of meaning around its food products.


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  • "Golden State has already achieved the following: ISO 14001 Certification at 50% of domestic facilities Hydrogen fuel cells used to power material handling equipment Rainwater is used to irrigate native vegetation at select facilities"
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  • "“GSF is on a mission to increase its sustainability position as it works towards its ‘zero landfill’ initiative,” said Ross Fink, Pratt’s Southeastern Regional Sales Manager, adding the food giant also works closely with Pratt’s Recycling Division to help close the loop on its corrugated box supplies. "
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  • "One such source of inspiration is Golden State Foods, which operates a national fleet of around 1,000 48- and 53-foot tractor trailers, as well as a 100-unit fleet of 28-foot box trucks. The fleet's drivers make more than 25,000 deliveries per week, primarily to quick-serve restaurants, among other eateries and retailers, logging more than 60 million miles per year, and even has a managed services business, Consolidated Freight Management, that handles around 3,000 truckloads per week. "