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plan, and participation in other value-building benefits, such as a 401(k). Seventh Generation contributes up to a five percent match on employee contributions into a 401(k) plan. Eligibility is 1st day of the month after their hire date. 99 percent of employees contribute voluntarily to this plan. Also see Section LA3. EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government None was received. EC5 Ratio of standard entry-level wage compared to local minimum wage The purpose of our company’s compensation plan is to share our financial success and celebrate our employee owners for their contributions to the growth and success of the company. In addition to the benefits noted in EC3, the company currently pays a minimum starting base rate of $16.15/hour, which is much higher than the current Vermont minimum wage of $8.60/ hour and is substantially higher than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25/hour. Burlington, VT has a living wage ordinance. The livable wage for FY 2013 is $13.94/hour with health insurance and $17.71/hour without health insurance. All full-time employees are also eligible to participate in the company’s cash and equity incentive plans as well as the company’s benefits plans including health insurance. ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS EN1 Materials used by weight or volume See Materials on page 24 in Nurturing Nature EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials See Materials on page 24 in Nurturing Nature EN16 Total direct and indirect GHG emissions by weight See Greenhouse Gas Accounting on page 25 in Nurturing Nature. Greenhouse Gas Accounting Methodology. As we do not control the production of our goods, we use component-specific GHG emissions factors from industry sources and published reports to account for more than 85 percent (by weight) of the carbon intensity of our materials, ingredients and packaging. These sources provide a gross estimate of GHG emissions. Where data are missing, we estimate using information for similar materials. Periodic life cycle assessment studies of key products enhance our understanding of the energy intensity of some of our product lines. While estimating is not ideal, our year-to-year comparisons are fairly accurate. We use the widely accepted GHG protocol developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to guide our GHG tracking. EN 18 (from the Additional Standards category) Initiatives to reduce GHG emissions and reductions achieved See Nurturing Nature EN26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts See Nurturing Nature EN27 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by Category See Materials on page 24, and Packaging, in Nurturing Nature EN28 Fines and Noncompliance None LABOR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK PERFORMANCE INDICATORS LA1 Total workforce See Building a Great Workplace on page 33 in Building Communities LA2 Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender, and region: • Overall turnover was 12.5% or 16 people • Voluntary was 8.6% or 11 people • Involuntary was 3.9% or 5 people • Total of 8 females: 5 females <40, 3 females >40 • Total of 8 males: 2 males <40, 6 males >40 LA3 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to part-time temporary or part-time employees, by major operations: All employees receive the same benefits; part-time employee time-off benefits are pro-rated based on their scheduled days worked. In 2012, we employed 10 temporary staff. Seventh Generation was founded on more than a belief in the fundamental need for a safe and healthy environment. We also believe that we all have the right to do fulfilling work in a nurturing workplace. To promote equity, our highest executive salary is currently measured at 15 times our lowest full-time salary. An annual bonus incentive program based on company results, individual contributions and our sustainability goals provides additional financial support for our staff. Stock option Greenhouse Gas Accounting (Metric Tons) Category 2010 2011 2012 Facility Energy Use 136 149 167 Employee Commuting 181 270 275 Business Travel 366 412 407 Product Transport 10,761 10,885 11,113 Product and Packaging 54,512 51,219 47,431 Total 65,957 62,935 59,394 52  Seventh Generation, Inc. | FUTURE TENSE: Corporate Consciousness Report for 2012 Reporting


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