Here's our take on 5 steps to sustainability:
1. Exceed the Rules
In this stage, it’s important to not only comply with the most stringent environmental regulations, but anticipate and meet future regulations to stay one step ahead of the competition. Kemin is one of the only suppliers able to provide spearmint extract-based ingredients to our customers who wish to offer the highest level of sustainable agricultural practices to their consumers. We are continually re-evaluating our agricultural and manufacturing processes to find areas for improvement.
2. Assess the Entire Value Chain
Every core competency can be redesigned to use less energy, generate less waste and reduce harmful outputs. We designed our botanical manufacturing facilities to clean the air of carbon dioxide, emit oxygen and produce waste matter that returns nutrients to the soil.
3. Produce Sustainable Products
Companies often begin this stage after discovering their consumers prefer environmentally-friendly offerings. Half of the challenge in this stage is creating new processes to develop sustainable products. The other half of the challenge is marketing these products to consumers. Kemin helps our customers tackle both halves of this challenge. We produce Neumentix, a sustainably-grown spearmint-extract ingredient. When manufacturers use Neumentix in their supplement product, they gain access to Kemin’s science-backed claims and marketing support.
This sustainable exploration process identifies new delivery systems, new products and new models that give a company a competitive advantage over others. We are constantly exploring better ways of keeping people healthy and feeding growing populations in a more sustainable manner. As environmental changes are constantly evolving, we too are constantly developing new ways of addressing the need for specialized nutrition.
Long term success requires constant exploration of new and alternative processes. To embed this challenging mindset into company culture, top management and recruiting must focus on social responsibility and environmental commitment. Kemin contracts with family farmers in the United States to grow its proprietary, sustainable crops. These partnerships not only increase the quality and quantity of crops but improves farming practices by promoting outside thinking and building community relations.
When asked, is it all worth it? Kemin has no hesitation. As humans, we place enormous pressure on our planet. It’s our responsibility to develop new approaches for softening our footprint while still providing the necessary nutrients to sustain our own health and wellness. In our eyes, sustainability is the only option.