Unilever, Nestlé, Danone and Kellogg are among a dozen food and drink companies commended for their environmental commitment by a new report.
Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola European Partners, Coca-Cola HBC, Conagra Brands, Diageo, Kirin and Suntory are also included in the ‘A-list’ published by not-for-profit CBD, which recognises businesses that set an example for their environmental performance.
Businesses are ranked based on their performance in climate change, water stewardship and forest preservation. Unilever was the only company – both within the food industry and on the list as a whole – to receive an ‘A’ score in every area, including all four metrics of forestry responsibility.
There were a number of companies in adjacent markets – like ingredients companies Firmenich, Givaudan and Symrise, plus packagers Tetra Pak and Metsä Board – that also made the list.
Just 5% of companies who participate in CBD’s survey make the A-list, Nestlé said.
Symrise chief sustainability officer Hans Holger Gliewe added: “Protecting our biosphere and preserving functioning ecosystems is a priority for Symrise. We are always looking to shape our business operations in a sustainable manner and constantly improve our performance.
“CDP is an important driving force and guide for us along this path. For a globally active processor of natural raw materials, the effective commitment to protecting our climate, water and forests is both a question of corporate social responsibility and a key strategic pillar for the successful economic development of Symrise.
“The CDP ratings clearly show that we at Symrise are on the right track with our sustainability programme. They are an incentive for us to continue on this path in the long term.”
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