While the company has been recognized by the organization for three consecutive years, this year's Silver honor is a first, placing Acme-Hardesty among the 85th percentile of the more than 85,000 companies rated by EcoVadis.
The assessment evaluates 21 sustainability criteria across four themes: environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.
“Scoring Ecovadis Silver is a commendable achievement, reflecting our commitment to sustainability," said Emi Katoh, Acme-Hardesty's lead sustainability manager. "It's a milestone we should celebrate, but it's also essential to recognize that this is just the beginning of Acme-Hardesty’s sustainability journey. As a forward-thinking organization, we understand that our responsibility extends beyond simply earning accolades and must extend into a broader and more profound commitment to sustainable practices. In the world we live in today, where market forces often prioritize price and short-term gains, it's imperative that we recognize the importance of sustainability as a driving force for our business. Sustainability isn't just a trendy buzzword; it's a strategic imperative that shapes Acme-Hardesty’s long-term viability, resilience, and competitiveness."
“Sustainability is a collective endeavor that extends beyond the boundaries of a single company," said Ravi Shaheed, vice president, global sourcing, for Acme-Hardesty parent Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc. "We understand that achieving sustainability is not just our responsibility alone; it's a shared commitment that involves every participant in our supply chain. While Acme-Hardesty is proud of the progress we've made, our journey towards sustainability doesn't end here. Instead, we're forging ahead in partnership with our suppliers and collaborators to shape a brighter and more sustainable future, one that will benefit generations to come."