Environmental, Social, and Governance

Our ESG Vision Bring goodness to people and the planet

Our Responsibility

Our commitment to pursuing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) excellence is at the heart of everything we do. We believe it is our responsibility to deliver the highest quality products while also advancing a sustainable future for people and the planet.

Our ESG Priorities

Our ESG priorities help us to address the issues most integral to our mission and ensure our business has a positive impact across product development, ingredient sourcing, manufacturing, hiring, and beyond. We intend to share our progress annually with particular emphasis on our 2030 ESG goals.

Advance Sustainability

Our consumers expect that our clean-ingredient products are produced in ways that keep the environment free from pollution and excess waste. While our modern production facilities are managed to minimize impact on natural resources, we strive to consistently improve.

We have set reduced climate, water use, and waste metrics for all our owned production facilities. We have also set product packaging goals that support the transition to a circular economy and a world with less plastic waste.

Support Thriving Workers and Communities

We care deeply about people – our employees, our suppliers, and people in the communities where we live, work, and do business. We strive to use our business as a vehicle to promote equity and inclusion, and to help global communities thrive.

To focus our efforts and increase transparency around our impact, we have established corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and a responsible sourcing goal that addresses the key ingredients in our products.

Enable Healthier Lifestyles

Every day, we enable wellness by offering natural alternatives and clean-label products. We aim to further support consumers in their efforts to pursue healthier lifestyles. We have set goals that deepen our commitment to innovation that advances transparency and equitable access to clean ingredients.

Whole Earth Brands ESG Goals

To strategically address the issues identified through the materiality process, we’ve developed 12 measurable targets to guide our ESG efforts in the years to come. These are:



  • 25% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions in owned facilities (2021 baseline)
  • Set a Scope 3 emissions reduction target (by 2025)


  • 100% packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • 100% of fiber-based packaging is deforestation-free
Waste and Water

Waste and Water

  • 50% improvement in waste diversion at owned manufacturing facilities (2021 baseline)
  • Support water use efficiency at owned manufacturing and contracted facilities
Responsible Sourcing

Responsible Sourcing

  • At least 95% of sugar and natural sweeteners (by revenue) sold in NA & Europe are certified responsibly sourced
  • 100% of key manufacturing partners meet third party standards for ethical labor, health and safety, environmental and business practices
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Philanthropic contributions focus support on:
    • Local communities
    • Equity and inclusion, and/or
    • Economically disadvantaged populations
  • Adopt best practices that advance corporate diversity and inclusion across our business
Innovation and Transparency

Innovation and Transparency

  • Ensure that as the product portfolio grows, at least 75% (by gross revenue) continues to come from naturally derived ingredients
Equitable Access

Equitable Access

  • Pilot an approach to meaningfully increase access to products that support healthier lifestyles for economically disadvantaged consumers

Tracking Our Progress

Whole Earth Brands is committed to transparency with responsibility for ESG integrated across the business. At the Board level, the Corporate Governance & Nomination Committee guides the company's ESG strategy. Our corporate ESG Committee, which includes the Chief Executive Officer and senior level representation from sourcing, manufacturing, innovation, human resources, legal, and finance, has direct responsibility for ESG strategy development and implementation. Across the globe, our regional teams manage day-to-day implementation of ESG tactics, and we utilize tracking tools to ensure that we are advancing our measurable ESG goals. Additionally, we will share annual updates highlighting our progress toward each of our goals.

About Our Journey

In 2021, Whole Earth Brands undertook a formal process to assess the ESG drivers that are most material to our company. Working with an external consultant, we used a combination of interviews and research to consider external stakeholder perspectives, internal views, and responsibility frameworks and ratings, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), IRIS+, Sustainalytics, and S&P.