In addition to sustaining the global fisheries from which we source, Clover Leaf is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations, packaging, and supply chain of our products.
Reducing our Operational Environmental Factors
In 2009, our company established a baseline of key environmental metrics which helps quantify the environmental impact of our plant and facility operations. The baseline for energy consumption, Greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and solid waste generation served as the starting point from which we developed long term reduction goals.
Using 2009 as a baseline, we set goals to reduce by 2015 -
- Energy and Greenhouse Gas emissions by15%
- Water used by 20%
- Waste to landfill by 15%
on a per production unit basis. We have met all four of those 2015 goals!
We have now set a second round of new targets where we are seeking to reduce our key usage metrics by an additional 5% off the 2015 baseline levels by 2020. Because of the significant reductions reached on our initial set of goals, these new ones will be challenging.
- Energy and Greenhouse Gas emissions – 5%
- Water – 5%
- Waste to landfill – 5%
The measurement and goal setting process will bolster and continue to drive past efforts in the area of resource conservation. Past & current projects include lighting retrofits, boiler efficiency improvements, high efficiency air compressor installation, water reuse/conservation projects, energy efficient roof installations, and expanded recycling programs.
Clover Leaf Packaging
As a consumer goods company, we realize that packaging comprises a component of our product’s footprint, a component that is visible to the consumer after they have enjoyed our products. To that end, our objective is to design and source primary and secondary packaging which minimizes environmental impact throughout the life cycle while ensuring the safety and quality of our products, durability in our customer supply chains, effective shelf presence, and convenience of use to our consumers. Please click here to learn more about our packaging principles and how we are reducing the footprint of our packaging.
Working with our Supply Chain
Clover Leaf realizes that our suppliers and the movement or our products through the supply chain are a key component of our overall sustainability program.
Our logistics groups maximizes truck and container loads, utilize inter-modal transportation where possible and partners with our customers for direct from plant deliveries, customer pickup and fixed day delivery schedules to minimize trucks on the road.
- Almost 75% of our orders are customer pick up, saving fuel and reducing the carbon footprint.
- Our choice to utilize CHEP pallets in lieu of conventional wood pallets avoids waste carbon dioxide.
- Reducing inventory saves fuel on transfers between outside storage locations and our warehouses.
- We are in the process of reviewing and changing pallet configurations which will eventually reduce truckloads to customers.
Our choice of seafood suppliers is critical to ensuring that we deliver sustainably sourced seafood to our consumers - our sustainable fisheries policy drives our procurement choices.
Also in 2009, to gain some insight into the sustainability activities of our suppliers, our company initiated a dialogue with key suppliers regarding their efforts in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility by sending out a basic questionnaire. Over time, we envision that these basic questions will be more formally integrated into our established Quality Assurance Audit process.