by Melissa Elkins, Sustainability Program Coordinator
Since opening our doors in 1970, the Community Food Co-op has followed a triple-bottom line business philosophy that places equal emphasis on economic vitality, social responsibility, and environmental responsibility.
In 2010, the Co-op started tracking its performance specifically as it relates to sustainability. In 2012, Melissa Elkins was hired as the Co-op’s Sustainability Program Coordinator. In 2013, the Co-op joined the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA).
Along with a handful of our fellow food co-ops, we are the only grocers in Washington state that are SFTA members.
In April 2014, the Co-op filed its first full annual sustainability report to the SFTA—50 pages of detailed information reporting on the 2013 calendar year. The Co-op will continue to file reports annually to track our sustainability performance
Shown here are snippets from the condensed version of the report, which is available in our stores.
“We’ve been collecting a vast amount of information and corralling it into a massive spreadsheet, so we could track our progress. Writing the first sustainability report based on that info was a huge undertaking, but it was extremely gratifying to see that the Co-op really is making great strides in our sustainability efforts!”
—Melissa Elkins, Sustainability Program Coordinator
Both the condensed version and the full 50-page SFTA report are posted at www.communityfood.coop/learn/co-op-sustainability.