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2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

• Nurturing Nature: To create the best products and the best packaging we can, we continue to push ourselves on the science of sustainability. By increasing the plant-based content of our ingredients over the past several years, we achieved USDA BioPreferred Certification for all 74 of our eligible products. To nurture nature truly through our products, we are working toward a goal of fully recyclable or biodegradable products made from plant-based or recycled materials. Our belief in the power of plants over petroleum, and tight control of the logistics of our distribution system led to a 6 percent absolute reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions since 2011. • Enhancing Health: While working to keep chemicals of concern out of our own products, we have also been advocating for tighter toxic chemical legislation that would keep the worst actors out of all consumer products. Leveraging social media has allowed us to extend the reach of our consumer engagement on vital health issues, and our support of key organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund and Women’s Voices for the Earth adds further weight to our goal to reduce exposure to environmental toxins. We are pleased notable companies like Johnson & Johnson and Proctor and Gamble have decided to reformulate away from select toxic substances in some of their products. We remain hopeful they and others will go further and that the toxics control legislation being debated by Congress finds a positive resolution in the year ahead. • Transforming Commerce: Through our leadership within the American Cleaning Institute, Seventh Generation is paving the way for meaningful change by setting the standard for ingredient disclosure. As a member of BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy), we’re partnering with other progressive companies to advocate for responsible climate change policies. We also recognize our own need to place a greater emphasis on embedding sustainability principles more firmly within our own supply chain by working more closely with our supplier partners over the next year. • Building Communities: We tied our four sustainability goals into our Annual Incentive Program so that we measure and reward what matters most! Two of these goals — both met — supported community, and demonstrated the value we place on this piece of our mission. With passion and good humor, Seventh Generation employees went out into the larger community to plant gardens, serve meals, and mentor local students. While we met our goal of 100 percent employee engagement, high turnover over the past two years has challenged us in fostering the thriving workplace we envision. Our goal over the next several years is to solidify and strengthen our culture and internal community as we strive to be #1 in the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” survey. As we look ahead, we share deep gratitude to all that have made this journey possible. I am grateful to be able to infuse my work with purpose, supported by a tremendous group of talented, passionate people who find joy and purpose in what they do every day. Thank you to all my colleagues at Seventh Generation and to all our partners for helping us grow ever closer to the sustainable future we are working to craft. John Replogle, CEO seventhgeneration.com/2012report   7 Our Vision


2012 Corporate Responsibility Report
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