The world’s natural resources are limited and increasingly in demand by an ever-growing population. So, it’s critical that we run our business in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically sound and sustainable over the longer term.
We start by understanding environmental challenges and setting our policy.
Then, we focus on the areas that are most important to our business and where we can make the biggest impact. We set goals for each area, track our progress and hold ourselves accountable.
• Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) we measure our company's total land, air and water footprint -- from farm to fork. Based on those findings, we focused our efforts on two areas of our supply chain where we can have the greatest impact: agriculture and our operations – manufacturing and packaging materials. We update the LCA annually and insights from our most recent review in 2014 will shape our priorities, goals and efforts in the upcoming years. Enhanced LCA data are helping us refine our focus on commodities that contribute the most to greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint in our supply chain. To read more about our approach in agriculture, see our Agricultural Supply Chain page.
• Climate Change: as a food company, we recognize that our global food system is facing a complex set of challenges – including extreme weather patterns and climate change, as well as biodiversity loss, shortages in resources and the growing competition for land. We focus on reducing the greenhouse gas impact of our operations and supply chains, as well as the potential impact that climate change will have on farmers’ ability to grow the agricultural ingredients we need to make our products. Along with members of the Consumer Goods Forum, we support efforts to help end deforestation by 2020 and to start phasing out HFC refrigerants from 2015, as a way to fight climate change.
We communicate our strategy on climate change through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is the most widely recognized disclosure framework for greenhouse gas emissions Read more in our 2014 CDP Climate submission.
• Our Environmental Policy: We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our activities, preventing pollution and promoting the sustainability of the natural resources upon which we depend, while providing quality products that meet the needs of our consumers. We also are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance and to meeting or exceeding the requirements of all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We expect all of our employees to carry out their job responsibilities in accordance with this policy and to report any environmental concerns they have to management.
• Reducing our energy and GHGs in manufacturing: we reduced energy use 16% and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 18% per ton of production between 2005 and 2010. Now, we’ve set new targets for a further 15% reduction by 2015.
We’ve invested in projects to save energy and use renewable sources, like creating biogas from effluent at our Banbury, UK plant, and burning rice husks and coconut shells as a renewable energy source at Sucat, Philippines.
In South China, our Mondelēz International Guang Tong facility was recognized by the Guangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau (GEPB) for its outstanding oil-to-gas boiler conversion project.
Our biscuit facility in Capriata d’Orba, Italy reduced its consumption of energy by 13 percent through heat recovery system optimization.
A number of our facilities have been recognized with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, including Recife in Brazil, Orbigo in Spain, Fallingbostel in Germany, and our state-of-the-art new biscuit facility in Salinas, Mexico.
• Saving water: Between 2005 and 2010, our factories made a 30% reduction in water use per ton of production. That work continues today as we’ve set new targets for additional reductions of water consumption in our manufacturing plants by 15 percent by 2015. We are meeting our goal by educating employees to reuse water and improve processes and equipment.
In 2013, we have expanded our disclosure to include the CDP Water assessment. Read more in our 2014 CDP Water submission.
• Cutting waste: Our factories sent 40% less waste to landfills between 2005 and 2010, measured in net waste per ton of production. More than 60 of our facilities send zero-waste-to-landfill and, from 2010 to 2014, we were able to reduce net waste by 57 percent per tonne – far exceeding our 15 percent goal.
Individual plants have been successful in cutting waste. Piracicaba, one of Mondelēz International’s largest plants in Brazil, achieved Zero Waste to Landfill in November 2014 through a multi-faceted plan to recycle and co-process waste as well as turn broken and rejected material into compost and animal feed.
• Packaging: From 2005 to 2010, we eliminated around 200 million pounds of packaging material from our supply chain. From 2010 to 2014 we eliminated a further 89 million pounds of packaging – exceeding our target by 78 percent.
Our packaging Eco-Calculator is used to assess new pack designs. It’s designed on lifecycle principles to drive less material, more recycled content and reductions in energy and greenhouse gases.
We also “upcycle” waste such as flexible films, which are difficult to recycle through normal channels, and convert them into merchandise through our work with TerraCycle.