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MATER IAL ASPECTS AND SPECIFIC STA NDARD DISCLOSURES STAT US REPORT REFERENCE /NOTES G4-EC5: Ratio of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum The purpose of our company’s compensation plan is to share our financial success with our employee owners. In addition to the benefits noted below, the company currently pays a minimum starting base rate of $16.15/hour, which is much higher than the current Vermont minimum wage of $8.60/hour and is substantially higher than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25/hour. Burlington, VT has a living wage ordinance. The livable wage for FY 2013 is $13.94/hour with health insurance and $17.71/hour without health insurance. All full-time employees are also eligible to participate in the company’s cash and equity incentive plans as well as the company’s benefits plans including health insurance. In 2013, one male employee in an entry-level position received full benefits and a pay rate of $17.14/ hour while one entry-level female made $17.57 per hour. The remainder of the workforce wages are well above the livable wage for Burlington and for Vermont. ENVIRONMENTA L G4-EN1: Materials used by weight or volume • Report the total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organization’s primary products and services during the reporting period by renewable materials used and non-renewable materials used Nurture Nature (initial chart) G4-EN2: Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials 33% of our product and packaging materials (excluding water) are recycled input materials. Also see Nurture Nature (initial chart). G4-EN18: Greenhouse gas emissions intensity See Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Seventh Generation’s focus is on tracking impacts in a way that supports progress towards meaningful change. As Seventh Generation does not control the production of our goods, we use component-specific GHG Emission factors from industry sources and published reports to account for more than 85% (by weight) of the carbon intensity of our materials, ingredients and packaging. These sources provide a gross estimate of GHG emissions. Where data are missing, we estimate using information for similar materials. Periodic life cycle assessment studies of key products enhance our understanding of the energy intensity of some of our product lines. While estimating is not ideal, our year-to-year comparisons are fairly accurate. We follow the widely accepted GHG protocol developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. G4-EN19: Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions See Greenhouse Gas Emissions and G4-EN18. G4-EN29: Monetary value of significant fines and total None. number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations SOCIAL: LABOR PRACT ICE S AND DECE NT WORK G4-LA1: Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region See Employees. Overall turnover rate was 9% or 12 people; voluntary was 5% or 7 people and involuntary was 4% or 5 people. Turnover by gender and age was: - 7 females (3 <40; 4 >40) - 5 males (2 <40; 3>40) We have not reported rates of new hires. seventh generation 2013 corporate consciousness report  73


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