Food - Our Secret Weapon for Fighting Climate Change - Perfect Day (2023)

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Perfect Day is a mission-driven company, and sustainability is foundational to our mission and vision. As such, we are a proud member of the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact (UNGC) is an agreement made by businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible corporate policies and practices. Every year it requires what is known as an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosure. This program, now in its third decade of existence, is a means for companies to determine their progress in contributing to a sustainable society. This year, the UNGC launched a more standardized format for companies to disclose their progress. Perfect Day joined more than 1,000 other companies as early adopters to pilot this new Communication on Progress, an important step toward transparency in sustainability.

In July we submitted our first Communication on Progress. With our response, we publicly disclose progress against five metrics: Governance, Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. As an early-stage company, we’re eager to share our disclosures and ambitions for future plans using this tool. But first: what is ESG reporting, and why does it matter? Let’s break it down.

ESG: Sustainability for Finance People

“Sustainability” has evolved over the years to become a buzzword that means anything related to the environment — from climate impact to natural resource use. In fact, sustainability is a measure of more than just environmental impact. According toMerriam-Webster, for something to be sustainable means simply that it is “capable of being sustained.” This could refer to how we harvest or use resources so that the resource itself can continue to be used without depletion or permanent damage.

It can also relate to social sustainability or practices that enable an ethical, equitable society. More and more commonly today, sustainability is becoming synonymous with the idea of net positive, or regenerative growth, which focuses not only on sustaining, but on replenishing, the world around us.

In a nutshell, ESG reporting is disclosure on sustainability issues that have been identified as most potentially impactful to a company’s ability to operate — a risk assessment of the social, environmental, and governance issues key to maintaining steady business operations. This includes consideration for its social license to operate — if, for example, a company has a program in place to ensure local communities are consulted ahead of new operation buildouts, an ESG assessment might determine this program helps mitigate the risk of disruption to future operations. These focus areas are typically determined by materiality assessment (analysis of a company’s top sustainability issues) and the use of industry-relevant questionnaires such as the UNGC, SASB, or investor-developed criteria.

In short, ESG is sustainability for finance people. It’s a structured way of thinking about the risks and opportunities that investors might have questions about when considering the ethical viability of a company and the long term feasibility of the business. Is a company considering its value creation over the long term, or prioritizing short-term profitability? As environmental and social concerns become increasingly tied to the valuation of a company, ESG frameworks provide a structure for issue assessment that helps answer the question of whether a company is indeed in good standing.

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The UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact was launched by the United Nations in 2000 to promote responsible business practices and to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 aspirational, interlinked goals designed to be a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.”

Through the Communication on Progress, participants report their annual improvements aligned with Ten Principles:

Human Rights

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  1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


3. Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition to the right of collective bargaining;

4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;

5. The effective abolition of child labor; and

6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

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9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Perfect Day affirms our support of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption through our UNGC disclosure.

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Perfect Day’s Communication on Progress

The Communication on Progress is an annual disclosure of Perfect Day’s continuous efforts to integrate the Ten Principles into our business strategy, culture, and daily operations. In it, we answered 64 questions pertaining to Governance, Human Rights, Labor and Decent Work, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. Perfect Day’s 2022 Communication on Progress can be foundhere.

This was Perfect Day’s first step into the world of ESG reporting. Many of the questions asked by the Communication on Progress pertain to policies currently in place and public commitments made to date. Within each section (Governance, Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Anti-Corruption) were questions about our commitments, preventive measures, performance, and response/remediation. These were designed to provide a holistic view of our efforts and identify gaps and drive future goal setting.

For the 2021-22 reporting period, we found that Perfect Day’s strengths lie in the policies we already have in place. Some exist as standalone policies or are included in broader policies. On all fronts, we plan to build on our existing policies and establish new programs as we continue to grow and evolve as a company.

During the 2021-2022 reporting period, we:

  • Published the first Life Cycle Assessment comparing the impacts of animal-free whey protein to the production of bovine whey protein
  • Hired a Director of Sustainability and Social Impact
  • Developed and published our Codes of Conduct, which include our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, and our Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Published our Privacy Policy
  • Launched the Perfect Day Ambassadors program, a group of employees who identify actionable opportunities and implement solutions to improve work culture at Perfect Day

In addition to the above, Perfect Day maintains processes for auditing every contract manufacturing partnership we engage in and an ethics hotline by which employees can anonymously report concerns pertaining to human rights. We employ preventive measures around occupational health and safety and non-discrimination and provide training to all employees. Our Code of Conduct and Business Ethics provides guidance for employees’ behavior in situations that could present conflicts of interest.

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Perfect Day’s reason for being is to engage and transform the food system with adaptive and mitigative climate strategies for food production. The strength of our first commercial product — animal-free whey protein from fermentation — is that it exists to reduce environmental impacts and to bolster resilience in supply chains; our total annual revenue comes from environmentally friendly products and services.

Programs we hope to develop over the next several years include building out risk assessment procedures and due diligence around governance; formal training on human rights issues that are salient to our business; commitments to climate action, water resources, and waste policies; and an anti-corruption compliance program. As we continue to expand our business, we want to put checks in place that will allow us to; measure our Scope 1-3 emissions, starting by setting targets from which we can benchmark. To date, we have not had incidents requiring remediation in these areas. Nevertheless, we view each as critical objectives for all companies that strive to make the world kinder and greener.

Our Communication on Progress should be viewed as a baseline of where we are today on corporate sustainability and a guide to where we’re going. Participation in ESG frameworks helps us to build credibility with investors, partners, and consumers. It gives us a guide for measuring and demonstrating our progress, comparing our progress against that of our peers, and is an opportunity to continually improve our performance.

By becoming members of the UNGC early in the Perfect Day story, we have the opportunity to build sustainability into all facets of our business. We are proud to be laying the foundations for corporate sustainability throughout our strategy and culture, and we’re excited for the kinder, greener future to come.

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What should we eat to fight climate change? ›

Plant-based foods – such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts, and lentils – generally use less energy, land, and water, and have lower greenhouse gas intensities than animal-based foods.

Which foods have the biggest impact on climate change? ›

Beef has the highest carbon footprint of any food. This is because of what is required to raise and farm cattle. Animals used for beef production require a tremendous amount of feed, which must be grown on its own. They also produce an extremely high amount of methane.

Does eating more vegetables reduce climate change? ›

If all Americans ate 2½ cups of organic veggies a day instead of conventional ones, we'd reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.3 million metric tons a year. Additionally, supporting local farmers and businesses is important in your quest for organic, budget-friendly food that also fights our climate crisis.

What is the fastest way to combat climate change? ›

The possibilities for action are many – and add up fast.
  1. Save energy at home. ...
  2. Change your home's source of energy. ...
  3. Walk, bike or take public transport. ...
  4. Switch to an electric vehicle. ...
  5. Consider your travel. ...
  6. Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. ...
  7. Eat more vegetables. ...
  8. Throw away less food.

Which is the lowest carbon emitting food? ›

The foods with the lowest carbon footprints are local seasonal vegetables, cereals and fruit. Grains and pulses are also low carbon foods. Food flown from across the world, or grown in heated greenhouses produces considerably more carbon emissions.

What is the most polluting meat? ›

The worst types of meat for the environment include beef, lamb and mutton, pork, and also some farmed fish products. They are especially bad for the environment because of their land and water requirements alongside their greenhouse gas contributions and freshwater withdrawals.

What is the diet to save the earth? ›

But there are several “climate-friendly” diets to choose from. The best known are the completely plant-based vegan diet, the vegetarian diet, which also allows eggs and dairy, and the pescetarian diet, which also allows seafood.

Is dairy or chicken worse for the environment? ›

How much impact do milk and cheese have on climate change? A number of studies have found that milk typically has a smaller climate footprint than chicken, eggs or pork per pound.

Does eating meat affect climate change? ›

The meat industry is responsible for a large share of global greenhouse gas emissions. It contributes not only to global warming but also causes direct environmental pollution. People who eat a lot of meat can help fight the climate crisis by reducing or quitting meat consumption altogether.

What is the number one solution to climate change? ›

Renewable Energy. Transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy is the key to winning the fight against climate change. Here are the most common sources of renewable energy—and one source of decidedly nonrenewable energy that often gets included (falsely) in the list.

Where to move to beat climate change? ›

The best cities for climate change
  • Seattle, Washington. Like San Francisco, Seattle doesn't expect to see a drastic increase in days with extreme heat or high heat and humidity. ...
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What are 5 ways to stop global warming? ›

10 Ways to Stop Global Warming
  • Change a light. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
  • Drive less. ...
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  • Check your tires. ...
  • Use less hot water. ...
  • Avoid products with a lot of packaging. ...
  • Adjust your thermostat. ...
  • Plant a tree.

Which meat has the smallest carbon footprint? ›

#1 Turkey and Chicken

These birds do not produce methane and need less food and water than sheep and cows. If you want to minimise your carbon footprint without giving up meat, chicken is your best option. Chicken produces 2.33 kg of C02 per kg of meat before transport and processing.

What crops are dying from global warming? ›

Climate models show that in many areas, drought and heat will align more often in the future, worsening crop damages as the climate warms. The researchers estimate that U.S. yields may decline from current averages by 7% for corn and 9% for soybean after 2050.

Do eggs have a big carbon footprint? ›

The carbon footprint of a dozen eggs is approximately 2.2 kg or 1.6 kg CO2e per kilogram of eggs if each egg weighs 60 g. One kg of proteins from free-range eggs is responsible for o. 2 kg CO2e, which is significantly less than the carbon footprint of red or white meat.

What is the most sustainable meat to eat? ›

1. Chicken. Environmental Working Group (EWG), researchers found chicken is the most sustainable choice out of all the different types of meat.

What foods have the biggest carbon footprint? ›

Which Foods Have the Largest Carbon Footprint?
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  • Cash crops. ...
  • Farmed shrimp. ...
  • Bananas. ...
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  • Potatoes. ...
  • Eat less meat. ...
  • Choose organic food produce.
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Why is pork the dirtiest meat? ›

They eat calorie-dense foods, not only nuts and grains but also less salubrious items such as carrion, human corpses and feces. Pigs were unclean because they ate filth. The Jews were not alone in this prejudice. In the great civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, priests and rulers avoided pork at all costs.

How bad is eating chicken for the environment? ›

Water and air pollution

Poultry farming produces a lot of waste, from manure to chicken feed to animal carcasses. Chicken manure is generally spread on nearby cropland as fertilizer.

Is eating fish worse than meat for the environment? ›

Seafood has a much lower impact on space and freshwater than land-based food. In addition to being one of the most carbon-efficient foods on the planet, wild-caught fish require no land, no freshwater, and has a much lower impact on wildlife—no marine fish has ever gone extinct due to fishing.

What are the most climate friendly foods? ›

6 of the Most Sustainable Foods in the World
  • Mushrooms. Because mushrooms can make use of by-products recycled from other crops as compost for growth, they have an extremely low environmental impact. ...
  • Pulses. ...
  • Mussels. ...
  • Seaweed. ...
  • Cereals and grains. ...
  • Organic fruit and vegetables.

What foods are climate beneficial? ›

That being said, here are some foods recommended by experts you could include in your daily diet that could mitigate your effect on the climate:
  • Lentils and beans. ...
  • Local and seasonal fruits and veggies. ...
  • Whole grains. ...
  • Nuts and seeds. ...
  • Chicken. ...
  • Beef and lamb. ...
  • Palm oil. ...
  • Farmed fish.
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Which meat is the most climate friendly? ›

Chicken. Environmental Working Group (EWG), researchers found chicken is the most sustainable choice out of all the different types of meat.

What meat is worse for the environment? ›

The worst types of meat for the environment include beef, lamb and mutton, pork, and also some farmed fish products. They are especially bad for the environment because of their land and water requirements alongside their greenhouse gas contributions and freshwater withdrawals.

What is the most environmentally friendly way to eat? ›

Eight tips for eating for the planet
  • Eat more plants. Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge amounts of water and feed. ...
  • Eat more variety. ...
  • Make responsible seafood choices. ...
  • Cut the waste. ...
  • Grow your own food. ...
  • Look for products containing RSPO certified palm oil. ...
  • Pass on plastic. ...
  • Eat what's in season.

What diet has the lowest carbon footprint? ›

A vegan diet has the lowest carbon footprint at just 1.5 tons CO2e (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent). You can reduce your foodprint by a quarter just by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover's diet.


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