Lenexa, KS — Strides made in the areas of Workplace Health & Safety; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B); Environmental; and Governance are featured in Hostess Brands, Inc.’s 2022 Corporate Responsibility Report (CRR).
“I am proud of our team for placing our environmental, social and governance commitments at the heart of everything we do. Our collective progress is a reflection of the hard work, shared mission, vision and values we prioritize every day,” says Andy Callahan, CEO of Hostess Brands. “We are seeing our initiatives translate into tangible benefits for our people, our customers and our planet. While there is still work to do, we have made significant progress and are excited to continue building a snacking powerhouse that is grounded in social responsibility.”
Highlights from the report include:
Workplace Health & Safety and DEI&B: According to the company, employee health and safety is a top priority. Its employee training practices have resulted in significantly lower injury and safety incident rates than industry averages as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Additionally, Hostess Brands has instituted several employee and culture-enhancing programs designed to attract, develop and retain a high-quality workforce, including “thank you” bonuses for its frontline bakery and distribution center employees, roundtable employee discussions encouraging open and transparent dialogue and an emphasis on DEI&B programs.
Water, Energy and Packaging Lifecycle Management: According to the report, Hostess Brands has reduced its water usage by 25 percent over the last two years on a per metric ton of product produced basis. Overall energy use also decreased by 14 percent over the past two years as did its greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent, both on a per metric ton of product produced basis.
In 2021, the company began work on its first-ever Climate Action Plan to determine next steps to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water usage. In addition, a detailed review of the company’s packaging was conducted to identify opportunities to further reduce its carbon footprint.
Creating a Sustainability-First Bakery: Hostess Brands purchased a brownfield site in Arkadelphia, AR, in February 2022 and is in the process of converting an idled factory into a state-of-the-art bakery with a sustainability-first approach. The bakery is expected to be operational in the second half of 2023.
Governance: Since 2016, Hostess Brands has aimed to assemble a diverse and independent board and reports that 67 percent of board members currently self-identify as being from diverse backgrounds.
The board oversees Hostess Brands’ ESG initiatives and the company has put a system in place that links compensation incentives for executive team members to corporate responsibility goals to ensure they are embedded at every level of company decision-making.
“Hostess Brands is driven to continue its growth trajectory while keeping ESG commitments front and center in the hearts and minds of our employees,” says Jerry Kaminski, chairman of the board of directors. “By dedicating Hostess Brands to sustainable growth, we are furthering the company’s vision to help people celebrate the ‘everyday’ by creating moments of joy in the communities in which we do business.”