Bon Appétit Management Company works closely with a number of respected conservation organizations whose work has achieved national and international recognition. Over the years, these partnerships have been a cornerstone of Bon Appétit’s efforts to develop food sourcing policies that protect the resources of the natural world. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate closely with these important partners.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
In an effort to better understand the needs and challenges of our farming partners and work on supply chain issues, Bon Appétit partners with Community Alliance with Family Farmers. CAFF is a California non-profit whose membership includes family farmers and urban residents, working to build a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. We also work closely with CAFF’s Growers Collaborative LLC which aggregates product from farms that are too small to work with conventional distributors, removing a significant marketing barrier for independent family farms across the state.
Bon Appétit partnered with EcoTrust in 2007 to compile the best science to date on the relationship between food and climate change. EcoTrust’s work is predicated on the notion—gaining an ever wider currency—that economic and ecological systems are mutually interdependent. Ecotrust employs a wide range of natural resource, research, business, and analysis services to improve the efficiency of resource management and create strategies for enduring prosperity.
Environmental Defense Fund
Bon Appétit works with the Environmental Defense Fund on reducing antibiotic use in animal husbandry, and improving the sustainability of shrimp and salmon farming. EDF is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
Third-party certification is an important step on the roads towards true sustainability. Bon Appétit partners with Food Alliance for standards related to environmental and social impacts of farming practices. Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms and ranches and food handlers (including packers, processors and distributors) for sustainable agricultural and business practices. These businesses use Food Alliance certification to make credible claims for social and environmental responsibility, to differentiate and add value to products, and to protect and enhance brands. Producers in areas not served directly by Food Alliance can use a useful self-assessment tool.
The Humane Society of the United States
Bon Appétit has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States since November 2005 in support of the company’s cage-free egg policy and on other animal confinement issues. HSUS is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with more than 9 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work.
Keep Antibiotics Working
Bon Appétit began a partnered with Keep Antibiotics Working in 2002 to address the issue of antibiotic use in animal husbandry. KAW includes concerned health, consumer, agricultural, environmental, humane and other advocacy groups with more than 9 million members, all working to reduce the growing public health threat of antibiotic resistance.
Bon Appétit has worked with Seafood Watch’s groundbreaking ocean conservation programs since 2002. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program empowers seafood consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans. In doing so, the program works to transform seafood markets in ways that create incentives for sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices.
Slow Food USA
Long concerned about the disappearance of flavors, Bon Appétit Management Company has partnered with Slow Food USA on both their RAFT project (Renewing America’s Food Traditions) and as a lead sponsor of Slow Food Nation. Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food has over 80,000 members in 100 countries.