Mondelez and Nestle issue progress reports
In its Call For Well-Being Progress Report issued on June 22, Mondelez International reported solid progress toward its call for well-being targets.
Specifically, the company stated that it had exceeded 2015 sustainability targets to reduce packaging, greenhouse gas emissions, net waste, waste-to-landfill volume, and water usage.
It has also increased portion control options and whole-grain content across its portfolio, as the company advances its ambition to be the global leader in well-being snacks.
The publication then outlines more aggressive 2020 targets to fight the impact of climate change, while the company also aims to be the global leader in well-being snacks.
"Our growth is directly linked to enhancing the well-being of our planet, the lives of the people who make and enjoy our products, and the communities we serve," says Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO. "In the years since we launched our Call For Well-being platform, we've made steady progress in delivering against our commitments. Our solid 2015 results, along with our new sustainability goals for 2020, advance our commitments and support our ambition to be the global leader in well-being snacks."
Launched in 2013, the company's Call For Well-being programme focuses on four areas critical to the well-being of the world and where MondelÄ“z International can make the greatest impact: sustainability, well-being snacks, community partnerships and safety.
In the sustainability category, Mondelez has reduced greenhouse gases from manufacturing by 19% per tonne, exceeding its goal of 15%. It has also reduced energy in manufacturing by 11% per tonne, although this did fall short of its 15% reduction goal. Mondelez has eliminated 48,500 tonnes of packaging, and reduced water usage (by 17% per tonne) and net waste (by 70% per tonne).
As far as well-being snacks are concerned, the company has achieved its goal of increasing individually wrapped portion-control options by 25%, and has also increased its whole-grain content by the same margin – five years ahead of the goal. In fact, ‘better choice’ options now account for 25.5% of the company’s revenue.
In the safety area, all 150 of the company’s own manufacturing facilities were certified against the Foundation for Food Safety Certification 22000, while to meet its communities targets, the company added three new signature well-being programmes for children and their families (in Mexico, South Africa and the United States).
Two years of progress from Nestle
On the same day, Nestle released a new report entitled Nestle in Society, which details the company’s key achievements and sustainability achievements over the past two years.
Dame Fiona Kendrick, chairman and CEO Nestlé UK & Ireland, says: “We know the role we have to play in UK and Ireland society and are serious about doing things the right way. Whether that’s looking at health and wellness, our carbon footprint, our supply chain or our people, there is work to be done.
“Our report shows that we are making great progress, and I know that everyone at Nestlé here in the UK is focused on tackling the challenges ahead of us to reach our goals.”
Achieving 100% renewable grid-supplied electricity is just one of the many landmarks outlined in the report, which also covers the company’s work on youth employment, its switch to sourcing 100% certified sustainable cocoa earlier this year and becoming the first major manufacturer to pay the living wage in 2014.
It also looks at areas across nutrition, rural development, water, environmental sustainability and people to give a snapshot of Nestlé’s current position against its own stretching targets.
The company’s numerous goals for 2020 include reducing total water consumption by 50%, (from a 2010 baseline), reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, and achieving 20% renewable energy use across all sites. By 2017, it plans to provide portion guidance on all UK products, including breakfast cereals and ice cream products, designed for children and families.
– The full reports can be accessed in their entirety at the company’s respective websites.