Building Thriving Communities
We want to positively impact the people who help make and sell our products by investing in and empowering communities, including our partners, employees, growing networks, retailers, and distributors.
Supporting our Supplier Network
Our global network spans many continents and communities, and we aim to carry out our impact throughout our value chain towards a responsible and sustainable future. By supporting and empowering these communities and fostering transparency, we strive to also help our consumers understand how we source our products.
To ensure alignment and collaboration with our partners and suppliers, we regularly meet and review climate change risks. These discussions also serve as a platform for encouraging innovation to reduce climate impacts from our products and services. Additionally, we collaborate and invest jointly with our suppliers in the research and development of low-carbon technologies, aiming to reduce their environmental impact and rethink operational processes.
Furthermore, we invest in providing education and resources to support the implementation of best practices for regenerative agriculture, renewable energy and efficiency, water management, and responsible packaging and circularity. By promoting these initiatives, we aim to contribute to the overall environmental impact of our industry and encourage responsible practices at every stage of our value chain.
Building a Transparent Supply Chain
At The Vita Coco Company, we are committed to conducting our business in a manner that maintains compliance and integrity throughout our entire supply chain.
At the core, all our coconut ingredient suppliers are required to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct which outlines clear expectations regarding procedures and practices. This includes compliance with all local laws and regulations and a strong emphasis on good governance, including policies relating to ethics and anti-corruption laws.
The Vita Coco Company believes in upholding the highest ethical standards across our business and understands the importance of respect for humans and animals. We support issues like human rights and prohibit modern slavery—including forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking—and the unethical use of animal labor or exploitation in our value chain. The Vita Coco Company does not test our products on animals. We also require suppliers to individually certify their position against animal cruelty separately from the audit upon onboarding.
Vita Coco is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and uses the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) protocol to assess our suppliers’ environmental and social standards to continue building transparency in our supply chain. Our suppliers are required to comply with strict labor requirements under applicable laws and regulations, ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, and respect for the rights and freedoms of their employees. In addition, they must adhere to our rigorous standards and are routinely evaluated according to Sedex’s SMETA ethical audit methodology.
We also help facilitate farmers’ receival of organic certification for their farms, empowering them to adopt organic farming practices. Practices include using natural pest control methods and organic fertilizer such as earthworms and coconut husks. As a result, farmers benefit from certifying their farms because they can receive a price premium for their products, helping generate greater income and improving their economic livelihoods. Simultaneously, farmers are helping enhance soil health, conserve water, and promote biodiversity in the ecosystem.
Additionally, our sourcing practices play a crucial role in building a transparent and responsible supply chain. Having the Forest Stewardship Council (“FSC”) certification for our paper-based packaging guarantees that the materials used come from responsibly managed forests. Our aluminum cans are also Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (“ASI”) certified, meaning the aluminum is both responsibly sourced and produced.
By prioritizing transparency and sustainability in our supply chain, we strive to create a positive impact on the environment and the communities we work with.
Farmers collect coconuts from the trees in mass quantities that will next be sent to nearby factories.
Lilibeth is one of our organic farmers in the Philippines and she has seen higher-quality coconuts and less time-consuming harvests.
Local students in traditional Filipino attire after performing at a school built with the support of the Vita Coco Project®.
The Vita Coco Project®
In the coconut industry, many farmers and their communities face significant challenges, often living in economically disadvantaged regions with limited access to education on, and resources for, best agricultural practices. Recognizing the importance of supporting coconut farmers and the longevity of their communities, we initiated the Vita Coco Project® in 2014 to empower the growing communities from which we source through economic development and access to education.
We work with our on-the-ground Vita Coco Project® partners to initiate and plan projects annually, working to address local needs in the community. Since 2014, the Vita Coco Project® initiatives have included building schools and classrooms in the Philippines and providing educational resources in Sri Lanka, and, more recently, Brazil. Beyond being hubs for learning, these schools also play a vital role in these regions, serving as cultural centers and community spaces. They also provide essential amenities such as electricity, access to clean water, and travel infrastructure for the community.
Additionally, the Vita Coco Project® offers scholarships for youths and young adults to aid their education, including traditional—post-elementary up to the university level—as well as vocational training in agriculture.
With the help of our partners, we hope to keep furthering our impact through the Vita Coco Project® initiatives as a reflection of our mission.
Supporting Our Employees
Our employees are important to who we are as a business, which is why we’re committed to fostering a respectful and positive environment that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion, where our people come first and feel like they belong and can grow.
Our Spanish and Latin Vita Coco Employees affinity group (“SALVE”) hosting a group networking event, building support through community and celebrating Hispanic and Latin culture.
Our UK team helps make improvements to a local London playground to create a safer space for children to play.
One of our Culture & Belonging groups, Disability Inclusion Network of Employees (“DINE”), invited New York Therapy Animals, Inc. to visit our office during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Their therapy dogs helped our employees enjoy some stress relief during the workday.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
At The Vita Coco Company, we are committed to building a culturally inclusive, employee-centric workplace that reflects society. Our DEI mission is to authentically grow as an inclusive employer, brand, and product of choice, ensuring that we win as a team, embed purpose in everything we do, and learn along this journey. We are focused on addressing key barriers to inclusion through interpersonal relationship management and inclusionary systems, policies, and procedures.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for employees and are dedicated to creating and maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or any other protected characteristics.
The Vita Coco Company is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding equal employment opportunities. This includes recruiting, hiring, and promoting employees from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Our leaders, managers, and employees play a role in making The Vita Coco Company a diverse and inclusive place to work for everyone.
While we are always excited to attract new talent, we also prioritize retaining our amazing employees. We regularly monitor representation across our workforce, reviewing various identities including but not limited to gender, race, and ethnicity. We believe that fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is essential for our success, and we are committed to supporting our employees in this effort. We hold that an inclusive culture exists when all individuals—regardless of their diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences—feel welcomed, valued, respected, and empowered. We encourage all employees to create a work environment that is inclusive and respectful of all individuals.
One way we aim to empower our diverse array of employees and communities to thrive is through our Culture & Belonging Committee. The committee supports our employee community groups of various identities.
Each group strives to build cultural inclusion and help develop future leaders in our organization. All employees are welcome to join.
Today, our Culture and Belonging Groups include:
Asian Pacific Islander
Black and African
Network of Employees
Spanish and Latin
Vita Coco Employees
Employee Engagement & Development
We believe that every employee deserves an equal opportunity, including the opportunity for growth at our company. As part of our ongoing learning and development efforts, our team offers coursework, training, and further educational programs to all employees. Training topics include leadership, management, equity, and sales.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of our employees and workforce is paramount to our success as a business. We share our health and safety policies with all full-time employees in our Employee Handbook and suppliers in the Code of Conduct. We regularly monitor worker engagement and satisfaction to understand how employees feel about the company, their intention, pride, and motivation. We use these results and work with our leadership team and departmental leadership to identify areas of opportunities to best impact change.
Health and safety performance is part of our internal social impact review. Our People team and building staff oversee our annual health and safety assessments and provide safe workplace training to all full-time and part-time employees.
Benefits and Perks
In continuing to support our employees, we offer a range of benefits and perks, including:
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