Mondelez International ‘on track’ to meet its 2020 sustainability goals

By Laura Mullan
Mondelez International has said that its ‘on target' to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, as its Impact for Growth Progress Report highlights the...

Mondelez International has said that its ‘on target' to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, as its Impact for Growth Progress Report highlights the progress it has made towards reducing CO2 emissions, water usage, waste and packaging.

The 2017 report also pointed out how the group has expanded its healthy lifestyle and nutrition programmes in at-risk communities and how it has supported the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

“Having a positive impact on our planet and the communities we do business in is core to who we are as a company,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International.

“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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The report highlighted that Mondelez International has reduced its absolute emissions from manufacturing by 10% and reduced water use by 25% at locations where water is most scarce.

The firm has also eliminated 53,500 metric tonnes of packaging (achieving 80% of its 2020 goal) and it has also increased the reach of Cocoa Life, the company’s sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, which now reaches 120,500 farmers (up 31% compared to 2016) in 1,085 communities (up 26%).

On top of this, the company said it is also promoting sustainable practices in what production across Europe through its Harmony sustainable wheat programme and it was able to trace 96% of its palm oil back to the mill. 

Additionally, the firm said it also grew its well-being brands at twice the rate of its base portfolio and it also allocated more than US$£5mn to healthy lifestyle community partnerships.

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