Hain Celestial names Chris Jenkins as global head of impact

Hain Celestial Names Chris Jenkins as Global Head of Impact

Hoboken-based health and wellness company Hain Celestial Group on Tuesday said it appointed 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 wellbeing initiatives.

For more than a decade, Jenkins has led impact for Ella’s Kitchen at Hain, the U.K.’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,” Kristy Meringolo, Hain Celestial chief legal and corporate affairs officer, said. “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. 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 over the years,” Jenkins said. “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% of food waste away from landfill, donating over 2.8 million pounds of food, beverages and personal care items to charity, and achieving 65% renewable electricity at Hain-operated facilities.