At Chobani, we believe that business can be a force for good, and that living our guiding mission of better food for more people extends far beyond our product. From cow comfort on dairy farms to responsible manufacturing practices to being active members of our communities where we live and work—we’re passionate about democratizing good and helping to accelerate universal wellness.
As part of being a responsible manufacturer, we continue to invest in technologies that allow us to reduce our environmental impact.
We work closely with cooperatives and local farms to ensure the safety and humane treatment of the cows that provide us fresh milk.
Last year, we donated over 3 million cups of yogurt to local food banks and food pantries. Collectively, we volunteered 3,840 total hours through Chobani-sponsored community events.
Since 2014, we’ve cut our overall energy consumption down by 17%* enough to power 111 single-family homes in the United States for a year. Thanks to these efforts, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by up to 840 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Our dedicated Continuous Improvement teams work tirelessly at both of our manufacturing locations to find new ways to reduce our environmental impact. By installing high-efficiency motors, LED lighting, energy systems that modulate their power consumption, and advanced-efficiency monitoring systems, we’re producing more while consuming less.
*Normalized rates based on tonnage and growth.
Water is one of the most precious natural resources we have on Earth, and we’re committed to reducing our overall consumption. By recovering and recycling water from our whey byproduct, we were able to reduce the daily water intake in our Twin Falls manufacturing plant by nearly 10%. At our Upstate New York manufacturing plant, our wastewater is treated to exceed state and regional standards before its release into the Unadilla River. We monitor and report on local aquifer performance in real time and ensure natural water levels are being restored each year.
We’ve designed our packaging to preserve freshness, extend shelf life, and minimize our impact on the environment. We’ve thoughtfully evaluated the materials, and in 2015 we optimized our packaging to reduce the weight of our cups by 7.4%—saving over 2.1 million lbs. of polypropylene resin, the weight of eight adult blue whales!
One hundred percent of the fresh milk we receive is from local dairy farms who are participating in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (F.A.R.M.) program and have completed an on-farm evaluation. This program, created by the National Milk Producers Federation, holds its members to the highest standards of animal care, as well as environmental and antibiotic stewardship. We’re proud of our dairy cooperatives and their dairy farmers' commitment to continuous improvement for cow comfort.
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All of our fresh milk is sourced from local dairy farms. By sourcing locally, we minimize our carbon footprint, as well as support the agricultural communities where we live and work.
What’s good for the cows is good for us. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant increase in demand for milk from cows that have not been treated with growth hormones, and from the very start, Chobani has supported farmers that are committed to supplying us with milk from cows not treated with rBST^.
^According to the FDA, no significant difference has been found between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows.
As part of our dedication to our craft, the fresh milk we use to make our yogurt is not genetically modified, according to criteria applied by the United States Department of Agriculture, the European Union, and as stipulated in the July 2016 National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law. We also conduct testing by a third party, Eurofins, one of the leading international food testing organizations, to further verify that there has been no cross-contamination across our supply chain or our ingredients.
Chobani continues to identify ways to reduce the amount of manufacturing waste we produce and send to landfill. As an example, since 2015, Chobani’s New Berlin, New York, manufacturing plant has reduced its waste sent to landfill by 20%.
We’ve achieved this through multiple productivity improvement initiatives including greater sophistication in scheduling runs on our production lines, advancing our recycling programs at both plants, and connecting with local food banks and food pantries to donate short-coded products.
Since day one, we’ve promoted diversity and inclusiveness within our workforce because we know that our communities are stronger when people are given opportunity and access. We welcome people from around the world and work with local refugee centers to support those who have come to the U.S. in search of safety and the opportunity of a better life. For the last two years, Chobani has been certified as a Great Place to Work®. During that time, we introduced Chobani Shares, a profit-sharing program in which every full-time member of the company was given the opportunity to share in the growth of Chobani over time. In early 2017, we also implemented a new paid parental leave policy for mothers and fathers of newly born, adopted, or fostered children, offering 100% paid parental leave for six weeks for all full-time hourly and salaried employees.
At Chobani, giving back has always been one of our core values. We’re proud to be part of the communities where we live and work and continue to identify ways where we can make a difference. Last year, our employees collectively volunteered 3,840 total hours through Chobani-sponsored community events and we donated over 3 million cups of yogurt to local food banks and food pantries.