May 28, 2024

Hain Celestial Names Chris Jenkins as Global Head of Impact

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading global health and wellness company whose purpose is to inspire healthier living through better-for-you brands, announced today the appointment of Chris Jenkins to Global Head of Impact. In this role, Jenkins will oversee Hain’s Global Impact Strategy, which prioritizes the growth of building purpose driven brands across its portfolio, while championing other sustainability and well-being initiatives.

For more than a decade Jenkins has led Impact for Ella’s Kitchen at Hain, the UK’s leading baby and kids’ food brand. There he spearheaded a sector leading Climate Action Strategy, oversaw the brand’s B-Corp certification since 2016 and led the brand’s advocacy work on food and childhood poverty and biodiversity.

“We are thrilled to appoint Chris to Global Head of Impact as an important next step in our journey to build purpose-driven, better-for-you brands that have a positive impact on people and planet,” said Kristy Meringolo, Hain Celestial Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer. “With Chris’ successful track record advancing purpose and ESG work for Ella’s Kitchen, he will no doubt bring strong leadership and innovative thinking to advance our global strategy and drive greater impact across our brands and end-to-end value chain.”

This new role comes as Hain Celestial looks to supercharge its impact across its portfolio of better-for-you brands, including Certified B Corp brands Ella’s Kitchen and Cully & Sully®, as well as Linda McCartney plant-based (meat free) in the UK and North America brands Garden Veggie SnacksTerra Chips, Earth’s Best baby/kids brand and Yves plant based, among many others. Jenkins will work with the impact team to further advance the company’s global impact strategy and progress the goals outlined across three core areas: Healthier Products, Healthier People and Healthier Planet. He will also continue to provide focused leadership and oversight to the impact work at Ella’s Kitchen.

“I am pleased to have been trusted to build on the brilliant impact work already delivered by my colleagues at Hain Celestial throughout the years,” said Jenkins. “I have always believed that if we are to address social and environmental challenges, business needs to be part of that solution and lead the change. We have a strong base to build on as we work together to grow our impact and deliver meaningful change for people, communities and the planet, on a global scale.”

Earlier this year, Hain released its 2023 Global Impact Report, where Hain outlined its science-based targets to reduce scope 1,2 and 3 emissions and progress diverting 86 percent of food waste away from landfill, donating more than 2.8 million pounds of food, beverages and personal care items to charity and achieving 65 percent renewable electricity at Hain operated facilities.

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