Mondelēz International has claimed that it is on target to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, as its 2017 Impact for Growth report showed the company had reduced C02 emissions, water usage and packaging waste in 2017.
Mondelēz’s Impact for Growth scheme aimed to improve the company’s business practices in four areas by 2020: sustainability, ‘well-being snacks’, safety and community, and the company says it has made progress in all four areas.
Over the year, the company reduced carbon emissions from manufacturing by 10%, eliminated 53,500 metric tonnes of packaging waste (80% of the company’s 2020 goal), and reduced water use by 25% at locations where “water is most scarce”.
The company’s Cocoa Life sustainable cocoa sourcing scheme also grew 31% over the year, as it now involves 120,500 farmers, and the company’s Harmony sustainable wheat programme also reduced pesticide use in wheat farming by 20% in the year.
Mondelēz’s well-being brands grew at twice the rate of the company’s base portfolio, boosting the company’s attempts to encourage healthy eating practices, and approximately 12.8% of Mondelēz’s overall revenue was delivered by ‘portion control snacks’ – individually wrapped snacks containing 200 calories or less.
To support agricultural communities, the company allocated over $45 million to healthy lifestyle community partnerships over the year, providing 1.5 million children with nutrition knowledge, opportunities for physical activity and access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International said: “Having a positive impact on our planet and the communities we do business in is core to who we are as a company.
“Today, we’re producing snacks more sustainably, with less energy, water and waste; and sourcing our key ingredients in ways that reduce deforestation in our supply chain.
“We’re empowering farmers and investing in community programs that help improve the well-being of children and their families.”
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