Sustainability in Action Guiding Principles

Revised February 2017

At Treehouse Foods Inc., we focus on optimizing shareholder value, developing our employees and having a positive impact on the communities where we conduct operations. We are committed to conducting our business operations and manufacturing in a safe and secure manner that also conserves energy and water, minimizes waste and emissions, and promotes the conservation of natural resources.  We take our sustainability commitment very seriously, and understand that achieving environmental sustainability is a continuous improvement process. 

Our approach to sustainability is multifaceted.  We focus our efforts on the safety & security of every aspect of our business while reducing energy use and increasing efficiency at our production facilities. Through these efforts, we continuously improve upon conserving water, decreasing air emissions, improving transport efficiency, reducing waste, improving and minimizing our packaging materials, and promoting more sustainable growing practices among our agricultural product suppliers.  Additionally, Treehouse Foods uses pollution prevention teams at our production facilities to determine where and how the facility might conserve water, reduce energy usage, lower air emissions, and decrease waste generation.

Treehouse Foods is committed to continually improving safety and security in every aspect of our business while promoting environmental stewardship.  In order to do so, we understand that we must continue to embrace new ideas, actively seek out and employ more environmentally sustainable practices, and insist on promoting sustainable practices among our suppliers and contractors.  We realize that our current efforts to improve sustainability represent a step toward meeting the on-going challenge of a truly environmentally sustainable future.  Treehouse Foods has and will continue to face that challenge with concrete actions that speak to our resolve.  We will continue to share our ongoing efforts with you through our annually updated "Sustainability Report".

Sam K. Reed
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Reducing Non-Renewable Energy Use/Improving Energy Efficiency

Treehouse Foods has invested in human talent and processes that aggressively pursue improvement opportunities relating to the energy efficiency of our manufacturing operations and the reduction of carbon emissions. Treehouse Foods has created a Sustainability Steering Group, consisting of key management, engineering and maintenance leaders throughout our company that vet ideas and drive results.

In addition to our focus on manufacturing efficiency, Treehouse Foods continues to seek opportunities to maximize the energy efficiency and sustainable design of our offices and warehouses to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification where appropriate.

Water Conservation

Treehouse Foods recognizes that water conservation is a vital component of a sustainable environment.  Our facilities continue to explore opportunities to reduce water usage in their operations.  These reduction opportunities can be as simple as turning off hoses, or as complex as modifying the desalinization process used in pickle processing.  Our plant staff periodically conducts "kaizen" water reviews at our processing locations.  Kaizen reviews are multi-function process improvement exercises based on W. Edward Deming's management principles.  The objectives are to create an accurate water flow balance, identify significant water consumers and brainstorm opportunities to reduce water use.

Reducing Air Emissions

Emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) at Treehouse Foods facilities are limited.  However, motor vehicles contribute significantly to air pollution and carbon emissions.  We are dedicated to reduce air pollution by working to create more fuel-efficient fleets. Several of our primary carriers utilize SmartWay Certified tractors.

In addition, Treehouse Foods continued to optimize our shipping network and expand its use of intermodal shipments to maximize the efficiency of over-the-road miles and reduce carbon emissions.

Reducing Waste

Treehouse Foods understands that an effective waste minimization program through source reduction, segregation and reuse strategies not only results in enhanced environmental protection and reduced carbon emissions, but also has a positive economic return. 

Improving Packaging Processes

Treehouse Foods is aware that efficient packaging positively affects the environment in multiple ways by decreasing raw material needs, reducing waste, and reducing transportation needs while increasing fuel efficiency.  Accordingly, we continually look for ways to increase our packaging efficiency in cooperation with our suppliers and customers. 

Promoting Sustainable Growing Practices

Treehouse Foods continues to encourage and support sustainable agricultural practices among our growers.  To that end, we reinforce compliance with individual state programs, which regulate agricultural practices and their potential effects on the environment. 

We continually work with our growers to ensure they are rotating their crops appropriately to replenish the soil, keep it fertile, and protect it from ground borne diseases.  We also prohibit our growers from using fertilizer-containing byproducts from processing facilities.  Regular chemical usage documentation and verification of pesticides ensure pest control and appropriate chemical thresholds.  

We are also working with growers and experimenting with the latest technology in water conservation. Instead of the traditional pivot irrigation systems, we are working with above ground, re-usable plastic strip drip irrigation. This technology uses a fraction of the water of conventional systems, thereby encouraging positive long-term results.

We understand that the concept of sustainability goes well beyond environmentally friendly practices used to produce our crops.  It extends to the social well-being of those who nurture, grow and harvest our crops.  Consequently, we offer a commitment to the growers that maintain these sustainable practices.  Under our growers' bonus program, we aid growers in ensuring that farm workers receive adequate housing during the growing season that meets all state guidelines.