Responsible Sourcing

As a food company, Clif Bar & Company is working step by step to help create a healthier, more just and sustainable food system. We are on a journey to do business in a different way—we strive to reduce our environmental footprint and improve in everything we do, from the field to the final product.  We have put in place responsible sourcing goals, practices and policies to communicate our values and expectations for suppliers to act ethically and responsibly.


To understand our sustainable sourcing practices, we want to share how we work with expert third parties and evaluate risks and opportunities in four areas we call our ‘CORE’ values of sustainable sourcing:


Connect – Connect with the farmers who grow our food, and create a traceable supply chain.

  • Our traceability program ensures we know where our ingredients come from, and we visit select suppliers and farmers annually.

Organic – Increase our purchase of organic, transitional, and certified-sustainable ingredients.

  • To date, 74 percent of everything we buy is certified organic. We’ve purchased over 522 million pound of organic ingredients since 2002.  We strive to increase organic and certified-sustainable purchases every year.

Restore – Support and encourage restorative practices that reduce environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and protect biodiversity.

  • Our key facilities where we make our food are moving towards zero waste with a 2015 goal of 90 percent waste diversion from landfills, and
  • We maintain climate neutral status and are working to reduce and offset CO2 emissions generated by our headquarters, manufacturing and business travel 10 percent below 2009 levels by 2015 on a normalizedbasis.

Ethical –Source ingredients using fair labor practices.

  • For Clif, it all starts with getting to know our suppliers and engaging in a two-way dialogue
    • All of our suppliers go through an extensive screening process for quality ingredient selection.
  • We want people to understand our expectations and sustainable sourcing goals
    • To that end, we have a supplier code of conduct that speaks to our values and expectations on legal, social and environmental responsibility. Our code is based on select International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions  and covers a full range of ethical trading issues focused on labor rights; including a safe environment, the right to organize, freedom to leave premises, and the absence of forced labor, slavery, human trafficking and discrimination in the workplace, among many others.
  • Clif checks up to confirm our expectations are met and correct any issues to ensure that we are moving together towards our mutual goals.
    • Yearly third-party social compliance announced audits are completed at select suppliers
    • Meeting the supplier code of conduct and all applicable laws, codes and regulations is an expectation of doing business with Clif Bar & Company. While Clif has the right to terminate a contract if a violation is ever found, we prefer to work with suppliers to improve working conditions and implement corrective actions.

In addition, responsible sourcing training is required for our management, key staff within our supply chain and social responsibility team.


Through these verification, auditing, compliance certification and training efforts and more, Clif is committed to socially responsible sourcing practices and improving along the way.  We know we are not perfect and that creating a sustainable supply chain is an on-going process of continual improvement.