Category: ESG

Food Processing Distributor Nelson-Jameson Shares 2023 Corporate Responsibility Report

The report outlines progress to date and future plans for the company’s ESG goals

MARSHFIELD, WI – January 31, 2024 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading food processing distributor with roots in the dairy industry, released its 2023 Corporate Responsibility report, a comprehensive update on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals and community investment. The company has operated with respect for the environment and the communities it serves since its founding more than 76 years ago and rolled out formalized ESG goals over the past several years. The 2023 report shares updates across five key areas: Meaningful Partnerships, Food Safety & Quality, Community Enrichment, Sustainable Supply, and Thriving Employees.

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Photo Caption (Courtesy of Nelson-Jameson): Nelson-Jameson has released its 2023 Corporate Responsibility report, a comprehensive update on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals and community investment.

“We’re honored to share our Corporate Responsibility report publicly, and proud of the progress we have made to date in meeting our ESG goals,” said Mike Rindy, President of Nelson-Jameson. “We’re committed to delivering the exceptional to our customers while leading by example as a sustainably driven corporate citizen.”

In 2023, the organization set new targets for its ESG framework, and utilizes a comprehensive, cross-category internal scorecard to measure progress. The company has announced their intention to work on establishing a baseline for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2024 and seek new ways to reduce their carbon footprint while contributing to a sustainable environmental future. The company focuses on ensuring a fair and ethically sound supply chain, sustainable supplier sourcing, and community investment. It also participates in the EcoVadis Business Sustainability Index, a globally respected measure of business sustainability ratings.

Nelson-Jameson has a 99.3% combined average for its Safe Quality Food (SQF) scores, reflecting the company’s strong commitment to being a partner in ensuring food safety for customers and to providing quality products that are safely received, handled, stored, and delivered. It also offers over 1300 hours of essential training and development as part of its people-first culture. Through the Nelson-Jameson Foundation, the company supports philanthropic organizations, employee support initiatives including scholarships and emergency grants, and charitable programs that align with the values of Nelson-Jameson’s culture of honesty, integrity, and kindness.

“Nelson-Jameson has a legacy of leadership in industry stewardship and philanthropy,” says Mat Bartkowiak, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Development at Nelson-Jameson. “Our ESG goals inform every aspect of our operations, and we will continue working toward a sustainable future in partnership with our vendors, suppliers, employees, and community stakeholders.”

The report is available for download at Nelson-Jameson Corporate Responsibility Report. More information on the company can be found at

About Nelson-Jameson

Nelson-Jameson is a fourth-generation, family-owned distributor to the food processing industry. From the company’s roots in dairy production supplies, it has expanded to offer a broad range of food processing products and services that help food and beverage organizations operate efficiently with the highest quality, food safety, and compliance standards. The company represents more than 1,000 vendors, distributes more than 78,000 curated products, and employs more than 260 people nationwide. The food processing industry leader also operates NEXT Logistics, a transportation arm that provides delivery services from its Wisconsin, California, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Texas strategic distribution centers.

For more than 76 years, Nelson-Jameson has supported food, beverage, and dairy processors with innovative products and a comprehensive set of solutions that keep pace with changing consumer tastes, manufacturing processes, and distribution channels. The company values delivering the

exceptional for its customers by leading with the guiding principles of kindness and mutual respect. Nelson-Jameson is a supplier of choice for customers in all 50 states and international markets.

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Nelson-Jameson Receives FPSA Recognition for Achievement in Developing & Promoting Women

Nelson-Jameson is proud to be recognized by Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Women’s Alliance Network in this year’s Red Circle Honors in the category of Achievement in Developing & Promoting Women. Nelson-Jameson received a runner-up position in the highly competitive category – a notable honor given the number and caliber of individuals and companies nominated.

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The nomination and evaluation process included a detailed application in which Nelson-Jameson shared the specific ways it fosters opportunities for women. As a company that carries forward the values of honesty, integrity, and kindness, the team would like to share some highlights from the application process:

Female-owned business:
Nelson-Jameson is a privately-held family business that is majority women-owned – a distinction that less than half of businesses in the U.S. (42%) can claim, according to the latest U.S. Data Statistics for Women in Business. However, only 2% of food supply or manufacturing companies are women-owned (source: Industry Select 2023), making Nelson-Jameson’s women-owned status even more unique in the industry.

Career advancement, mentorship & training:
Nelson-Jameson has a top-down commitment to walking the walk when it comes to career opportunities. Formal training programs and HR-monitored mentorship help employees develop their skills on site, and leadership seeks tangible ways for women to be recognized, including awards and promotion tracks. Nelson-Jameson is proud to foster, promote, and support the advancement of women in the company. In fact, 50% of our Vice Presidents are women.

Industry Networking Events:
Nelson-Jameson actively encourages employees to participate in industry associations, conferences, and networking events, including the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IFDA) “Women in Dairy.” The company also supports the next generation of dairy leaders by offering leadership experiences to its employees.

Work-life programs:
Nelson-Jameson is a people-first company that has valued and supported its employees’ personal lives as much as their work lives. This includes policies that promote, protect, and enhance the workplace for women. The headquarters location is equipped with a lactation room with sink, fridge, and comfortable seating and the company provides fully paid parental leave for two weeks to give parents time and space to bond with both natural-born and adopted children. Additionally, Nelson-Jameson’s short-term disability starts on the first of the month following the date of hire. It kicks in on the eighth day of disability and pays 60% of the wage or salary–this would apply to the mother who gave birth.

Community engagement:
Nelson-Jameson also supports Working Women’s Wednesday, which provides both networking, educational, and personal growth opportunities for women in the local community of Marshfield, Wisconsin, near company headquarters.

Nelson-Jameson’s dedication to developing and promoting women is one piece of a larger whole. The company’s retention rate for employees is significantly higher than industry peers, and it’s proud to have so many employees who have stayed here for decades. The focus on providing a supportive and productive workplace for all employees, and the commitment to operating in an ethical manner with respect for people, the community, and the environment, continues to set Nelson-Jameson apart.

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Nelson-Jameson Moves Sustainability Goals Forward with New ESG Targets

The food processing industry distributor shares EcoVadis sustainability assessment results


MARSHFIELD, WI – Sept 14, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading distributor in the food processing industry, announces additional investment in its corporate sustainability practices. The organization has set targets for its Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG) framework, and measures progress on a comprehensive, cross-category internal scorecard. Additionally, the company has completed the third-party EcoVadis sustainability assessment for the past two years and announced a 34% increase in its total year-over-year sustainability score.

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For decades, Nelson-Jameson has operated as a golden-rule company, defined as a focus on maintaining a culture of honesty, integrity, and kindness, and a commitment to operating in an ethical manner with respect for people, the community, and the environment. Its further investment in ESG goals is an extension of its long-standing cultural ethos.

“Nelson-Jameson has a long history of industry leadership in stewardship and community best practices,” says Matthew Bartkowiak, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Development at Nelson-Jameson. “ESG goals are embedded in every aspect of our operations, and we’re proud to see our progress in year-over-year results from the EcoVadis Business Sustainability Index.”

EcoVadis, known as the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings globally, has established a network of more than 100,000 rated companies of all sizes. Companies proactively choose to participate in its Business Sustainability Index, and receive a total score as measured against all rated organizations, and individual sub-scores that measure ratings as compared to peers and competitors. Nelson-Jameson received a total score of 47 this year, which is on par with the global average rating of all measured companies at 50.3. In sub-categories, Nelson-Jameson ranked higher than average in both Ethics and Labor and Human Rights (a score of 60 for each).

Internally, Nelson-Jameson has outlined measurable, tangible goals in categories such as greenhouse gas reduction, sustainable supplier sourcing, and community investment. The company plans to participate in the EcoVadis Business Sustainability Index assessment on an annual basis.

Nelson-Jameson plans to release its ESG annual report in January. By sharing the company’s progress annually, NJ highlights its commitment to furthering its ESG goals which encompass everything from food safety and quality to sustainable supplier practices.

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