Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Kraft Heinz accelerates sustainability journey

Kraft Heinz is on track to deliver its first circular Tomato Ketchup PET bottle a year ahead of schedule, the food giant has revealed in its second-ever Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Report.

As well as outlining the successes the company has made to date in the three key pillars of Environmental stewardship, Responsible Sourcing, and Healthy Living & Community Support, the report introduces new global goals within its Environmental Stewardship and Responsible Sourcing pillars.

The company plans to sustainably source 100% of Heinz Ketchup tomatoes by 2025 globally, in accordance with the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Practices.

It has taken significant steps to strengthen its supply chain by evolving those practices and working with growers to implement them with measured improvement. For instance, in Spain, tomato growers implemented new soil health procedures, ultimately yielding an improved 70 tons of tomatoes per acre annually.

Additionally, as the company assesses the greenhouse gas emissions of its entire supply chain in order to set reduction targets, it has committed to a goal of purchasing a majority renewable electricity across all Kraft Heinz facilities by 2025.

The company also aims to achieve a number of sustainability goals at its global manufacturing facilities including setting a target to decrease water use by 20% in high-risk watershed areas and 15% across all others, and decreasing waste, and decreasing energy use by 15% at manufacturing facilities globally.

“At Kraft Heinz, we’re constantly re-evaluating our practices to ensure we’re being a responsible global company, as well as global citizens with a duty to bring our company and products to consumers in a healthy, sustainable way,” said CEO Miguel Patricio.

“This new ESG strategy reflects a new company Value: We do the right thing. We’re actively working each day to create a company and products we and the world can be proud of.”

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