Advance Equity, Accountability, & Transparency

Advancing the five Good Food Purchasing values requires commitment to an essential set of principles — equity, accountability, and transparency — to ensure community is at the center of food policy decisions. Building an equitable food system requires full community access to food, land, information, and decision-making power. Transparent processes allow communities to engage with institutions in setting food justice goals, hold them accountable to meeting them, and celebrate successes as institutions increasingly use their public dollars to serve the public good.


  • Establish specific goals for race and gender equity in purchasing

    Consistent reporting on progress toward supplier diversity goals fosters accountability and public engagement.

  • Include local stakeholders in policy decisions

    Community involvement helps ensure policies will meet the needs of workers, consumers, producers, and local organizations.

  • Require transparency language in supplier contracts

    Greater supply chain transparency enables institutions and municipalities to track and share progress toward their goals.


Source: National Equity Atlas. See methodology for details.

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