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awards and new-hire stock grants make each employee an equity stakeholder in our company regardless of their position. Employees are also eligible for up to $500 in energy efficiency reimbursement and 100% of the cost of public transportation. Our most progressive benefit, our $5,000 carbon loan benefit was eliminated at the end of 2012. This loan, which became a grant if the employee remained with the company for five years, supported home energy improvements, renewable energy installations and the purchase of hybrid cars. We also ended the free product benefit for employees in 2012. To enhance the health and wellness of our coworkers and their families, each employee receives up to $800 in annual fitness reimbursements, and all enjoy access to comprehensive health insurance that draws no distinctions between married, unmarried, and same-sex life partners. Helping our staff achieve a positive work-life balance is another key focus of our effort to build a great place to work. To support this, we encourage the use of flex-time and telecommuting technologies. We also believe in carrying our philosophies out into the world around us and doing all we can to build a healthy and sustainable community in which to live. We discuss our industry-leading employee volunteer program in Volunteering on page 34. We’ve also gone the extra mile to forge an office environment that is both a fun and rewarding place to spend each weekday. In addition to providing stunning Lake Champlain waterfront views of New England’s most spectacular sunsets, our LEED Gold-certified facility ensures a high level of sustainable design and a safe non-toxic environment in which to work. Our long-established Vibe Team, a group of employee volunteers, promotes laughter and smiles by organizing informal workday social events and after-hours gatherings, company parties, and participation in external community events. LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements: None. LA10 Average hours of training per year per employee per employee category In 2012, we shifted our employee training focus from individually directed efforts to more consistent skill development across the company. We eliminated the employee development training option that had allowed employees to spend $1,000 for the development opportunities of their choice. Redirecting this money in-house, we expanded the number, volume and breadth of our internal trainings. Through this new approach, we dedicated ourselves to building a powerhouse from within by focusing on team development, functional competency development and personal development. For the first time, we developed regular training forums that all of our managers attend to enable us to develop our internal management leadership skills. In 2012, each employee engaged in an average of 26 hours of training (managers received an average of 38 hours) focusing on: • Skill/capability development through classes offered internally or externally • Education on our products and our business through varied training vehicles including brown bags • We spent approximately $135,000 on trainings offered in-house to employees and managers in 2012. SOCIETY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS SO5 Public policy positions and lobbying See Transforming Commerce SO8 Fines and sanctions for noncompliance with laws and regulations None. Product Responsibility Performance Indicators and Marketing PR9 Fines concerning the provision and use of products and services None. Report Assurance Many of our environmental indicator performance metrics take advantage of the company’s Materials, Ingredients and Packaging database, which tracks information on the materials used in our products. We have chosen not to independently assure our report, and have relied instead on our sustainability team and our controller to review and substantiate the report’s accuracy and authenticity. We have also benefited from our outside reviewers’ comments. Our sustainability consultants Pure Strategies provided an independent review of our assumptions and conducted our materials and environmental footprint-related calculations. Global Reporting Initiative Compliance 20062006 C 2006200620 20062006 20062006 GRI REPORT GRI CHECKED 2006200620 20062006 Self Declared 2006 C C+ B+ A+ In Accordance B A Third Party Checked GRI Checked Optional Mandatory Report Externally Assured Report Externally Assured Report Externally Assured Total Materials seventhgeneration.com/2012report   53 Reporting


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