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Ardent Mills Announces 'Nourish: Intention & Impact', New Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy
[November 30, 2023]

Ardent Mills Announces 'Nourish: Intention & Impact', New Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy


The company's fiscal year 2023 ESG Report summarizes new strategy and goals across four key pillars: Communities, People, Planet and Ingredients

DENVER, Nov. 30, 2023 /CNW/ -- Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced the release of its fiscal year 2023 (FY23) ESG report. Aligned to Ardent Mills' ESG framework, Nourish: Intention & Impact, the report outlines new time-bound goals that cover all aspects of the business, as well as achievements and new programs from the last fiscal year.

"At Ardent Mills, our core values of trust, serving, simplicity and safety guide our commitment to nourish what's next. We progress towards this when we enact people-centered business practices," said Dan Dye, CEO, Ardent Mills. "Our new ESG strategy underscores our continued dedication to intentional and impactful change – both within Ardent Mills and our surrounding communities. I am humbled by the progress demonstrated in our FY23 ESG Report and I am reminded of our commitment to create a more sustainable and prosperous future for all."

FY23 highlights across Nourish: Intention & Impact include:

Communities
The Communities pillar has two primary goals: expand agricultural education and the number of students engaged in agriculture through Ardent Mills' Growing a Better Future program and help ensure access to nutrition through partnerships with organizations that serve specific needs.

  • Engaged 945,000 students in agriculture education and announced multi-year, monetary gifts to agriculture innovation initiatives at Kansas State University and Colorado State University.
  • Donated more than 2.9 million meals across local communities.
  • Volunteered more than 5,900 hours with nonprofit and community partners.

People
The People pillar underscores Ardent Mills' initiatives to cultivate a workplace in which all people thrive personally and professionally. This is accomplished through the company's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy, employee well-being and safety, and employee development programs.

  • Identified an opportunity through employee feedback to address the industry-wide lack of custom-designed and comfortable women's uniforms that are re-usable, appropriate, and uphold Ardent Mills' safety standards.
  • Leveraged Ardent Mills' Flourish intern program and recruiting opportunities at historically Black colleges and universities to welcome our most diverse intern class – thus evolving our talent & acquisition strategy to help strengthen the industry at large.
  • Inested in team members' personal and professional development through a variety of programs that enhance business acumen, support mental health, and create a culture of employee engagement.
  • Conducted almost 50,000 hours of safety, food safety, and quality trainings and achieved 25 office and facility locations with no recordable safety incidents in FY23.



Planet
The Planet pillar focuses on the responsible management of natural resources across energy, water, waste, and overall opportunities for operational efficiencies.

  • Conducted greenhouse gas emissions inventory in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol across Scope 1, 2 and 3, with the goal to set a science-based target in FY24.
  • Sourced 37%* of energy from renewable sources, making significant progress toward Ardent Mills' goal of achieving 50% renewable energy usage across operations by 2025.
  • Confirmed 73% of our facilities now recycle while 44% participate in composting as we strive to enroll 100% of facilities into respective programs.
  • Saved 4.8 million gallons of water through optimization efforts including regenerative agriculture collaboration, facility-level assessments, and extended trailer wash cycles.

*Percentage calculation reflects directly sourcing of renewable energy and retaining related renewable energy credits (RECs), participation in community solar projects and purchase of replacement RECs.


Ingredients
The Ingredients pillar supports Ardent Mills' work as the company strives to responsibly source ingredients together with its suppliers. FY23 accomplishments include:

  • Formed the supplier diversity lead as a new leadership role and established a goal to bring 50 new diverse suppliers into the company's supplier portfolio by May 31, 2024, doubling the company's roster of diverse suppliers.
  • Enrolled nearly 350,000 acres into Ardent Mills' regenerative agriculture program across the U.S. and Canada, progressing toward the company's 2025 goal of 1 million enrolled acres.
  • Achieved a significant milestone in FY23 by sourcing 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.
  • Expanded the Ardent Mills product portfolio to introduce more gluten-free, alternative grain options that meet emerging demand.

"Our FY23 ESG report serves as a benchmark in our continuous journey towards being responsible corporate citizens, both celebrating the progress we've achieved while charting our path forward," said Phoenix Dugger, Senior Manager of ESG, Ardent Mills. "Guided by Nourish: Intention & Impact, we continue to drive innovation, promote sustainability, and nurture a future that reflects our commitment to social and environmental responsibility."

To learn more about the company's ESG initiatives, visit the Ardent Mills ESG page.

About Ardent Mills

Ardent Mills is committed to transforming how the world is nourished. As the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, we cultivate the future of plant-based solutions to help our customers and communities thrive. We operate in more than 40 locations that specialize in flour, quinoa, pulses, and organic and gluten-free products that drive emerging nutrition and innovation across plant-based ingredients. Our holistic portfolio empowers us to meet the complex needs of customers today while focusing on the growing needs of tomorrow's consumer. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, we operate in Canada, the US and Puerto Rico with company headquarters in Denver, Colorado. We employ more than 100 certified millers and support thousands of local jobs that contribute billions of dollars to local economies – helping our people, our customers, and families everywhere flourish. To learn more about our mission and our solutions, visit ardentmills.com.

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