We’ve released our second Better Living Roadmap—our environmental, social and governance (ESG) report, which details our ESG accomplishments and progress that we made in 2022.
Why is ESG important?
ESG is part of Blue Apron’s DNA and is at the core of all that we do. It reflects the values and expectations of our employees, supply chain, customers and investors.
Blue Apron’s Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, Kelly Burton, says, “Our second Better Living Roadmap emphasizes our continued commitment to ESG and Blue Apron’s vision of Better Living Through Better Food™. In 2022, we made progress on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), employee safety, packing waste reduction, the wellness of our customers, animal welfare and forging a pathway to net zero.”
What is the Better Living Roadmap?
The 2022 Better Living Roadmap outlines the company’s efforts in three categories: People, Product and Progress.
As of December 31, 2022, 71% of our leadership team identified as female and 50% identify as racially diverse. In addition, our improved safety training program and incident investigation process, combined with a renewed employee safety committee and robust data analytics resulted in a 51% injury reduction rate over the past five years. Following the FreshRealm transaction in June 2023, we no longer operate manufacturing facilities.
We reached approximately 87% of our 2025 packaging goals in 2022 and were named a Silver Leader and a Catalyst on PlasticIQ, a tool developed by The Recycling Partnership and SYSTEMIQ with support from Walmart, for their efforts to reduce plastic packaging.
In 2022, we were recognized for our efforts in chicken sourcing and received acknowledgement as a brand “On Track” in the Chicken Track Report by Compassion in World Farming, as a “Progress Leader” in the Count Your Chickens Report by Mercy for Animals and as “Signatories” to the Better Chicken Commitment.
In a breakdown of customer protein selections by recipe choice, nearly 17% of selections were vegetarian in 2022.
We launched a Responsible Sourcing Council to help set guidelines and standards for product sourcing, business relationships and marketing partnerships to align with Aprons For All (our DE&I task force).
We donated 1.3 million meals to Feeding America and over 400,000 meals in our free, weekly Farmers Markets for our fulfillment center employees in 2022 as part of our waste diversion strategies.*
We joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to ensure our climate action is in-line with the latest science, in addition to engaging Planet FWD**, a leading carbon management platform for consumer brands.
Lastly, in the Summer of 2022, we joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).
The report shares that Blue Apron’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has assumed oversight of ESG-related topics.
Please view the full report for full information at investors.blueapron.com/ESG.
*Feeding America estimates that 12 pounds of food equals 10 meals.
**Planet FWD is the leading carbon management platform for consumer products and leverages the largest LCA database for agricultural products in North America to make it easier to take climate action. In the engagement they reviewed Blue Apron’s reporting categories and the company reported an update on estimated GHG Emissions for 2021, while also sharing 2022 data.