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Frontier Co-op - Giving Back

CEO Tony Bedard with some of the Vietnamese children able to attend school because Frontier's Vietnam School Project.

Giving Back

We give back 4% of annual net savings to charitable causes and improves life in communities all around the world where our products are produced. (Many of our growers live in poor rural villages in developing countries.) We are committed to doing business in a way that is positive for everyone involved with Frontier Co-op.

Frontier Co-op has a long tradition of giving back. From our earliest years, we trained farmers around the world to grow organically to protect themselves and the environment from toxic chemicals. As we grew, we created charitable funds for each of our three brands (see below) to implement our social giving. We also give to local and value-oriented organizations, such as Coralville Community Food Pantry, NewBo City Market, Grow Johnson County, Indian Creek Nature Center, Matthew 25, Feed Iowa First and Cooperative Community Funds.

More than half of our giving goes directly to improving life in the communities that grow our products through our Well Earth sourcing program. We boost employment and the local environment by helping maintain and develop organic sourcing partners. And these partners are often located in poor, isolated communities where we can help with basics like clean water, roads, schools and medical care. Recent projects in our sourcing communities include a dental clinic in Guatemala and a project allowing Vietnamese children to attend school.

We also support our grower partners through the socially and environmentally conscious non-profit Fair Trade. We have assisted growers in becoming Fair Trade certified, and Frontier Co-op introduced the first Fair Trade Certified™ spices to the U.S. market in 2009.

Giving Back

Frontier Foundation

The Frontier Foundation is a philanthropic organization, funded primarily by our members’ uncashed patronage checks, that supports social, educational, and environmental causes. The Foundation has since given millions to a variety of charities and organizations since it was founded in 2000.

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Simply Organic Giving Fund

Simply Organic products support a wide variety of organic and sustainable farming communities through the Simply Organic Giving Fund. Simply Organic has provided more than 1.5 million dollars of support to organic causes since 2001 and is having a remarkable impact both here in the U.S. and internationally.

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Giving Back

Aura Cacia Positive Change Project

Your Aura Cacia purchases help make the world a better place. We’ve established the Aura Cacia Positive Change Project to help women around the world positively transform their lives.

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Organizations We Support

Frontier Co-op provides regular support to organizations and causes that share our values about organics, sustainability, social justice and caring for those in need — American Herbal Products Association, Bulk Is Green Council, the Organic Trade Association, the Organic Center, United Plant Savers, the Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association and numerous others.

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Giving Back

Local Community Giving

In our local community, paid time off for volunteering is available to employees, and Frontier Co-op matches donations for many local causes and events through an employee-run Community Giving Team.

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