We're committed to making our snacks the right way to preserve our planet and meet the aspirations of our consumers every day. We aim to make an end-to-end positive impact on the world and the communities where we do business. This is core to who we are as a company. As such, we’re committed to using less energy and water, reducing waste and decreasing emissions.
10% end-to-end CO2e emissions reductions by 2025 (vs. 2018)1
10% CO2e emissions reductions across our manufacturing operations by 2025 (vs. 2018)
10% absolute water usage reduction in priority sites by 2025 (vs. 2018)2
15% food waste reduction in internal manufacturing sites by 2025 (vs. 2018)
50% food waste reduction from distribution by 2025 (vs. 2018)
In the reporting year 2022, we have recalculated our base year, 2021 and 2022 inventory following the GHG Protocol Corporate Standards. For more details, please see the Carbon Accounting Manual. In 2021, Mondelēz International announced its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050 as part of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. In 2023, we plan on submitting our new emission reduction targets to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for independent validation. As part of the recent re-baseline event as well as new SBTi guidelines we are in the process of updating our goal boundaries.
Priority sites are defined as sites that are located in a high or extremely high water risk zone defined as of 2021. This metric is measured in accordance with our internal Water Supply Management Health Safety and Environment System for priority sites.
• Any numbers expressed in percentages are approximate.
Smart and sustainable use of raw materials in our own operations is an important contribution to making a positive impact for our planet and people. Our sustainability goals are an ambitious end-to-end approach to reduce our environmental footprint.
Reducing CO2 Footprint to Protect Global Food Supplies
We recognize we play a critical role in helping to combat climate change and have increased our focus on ways to continually reduce our CO2 emissions from manufacturing. We adopted a science-based approach to reduce our absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 15 percent by 2020. This aligns with current approaches to support the global effort to limit climate change to less than 2 degrees C.
Since 2013, we reduced CO2 emissions from our factories by 24 percent by improving energy management systems and investing in energy efficient technologies in our factories. We are also cutting CO2 emissions by using low-carbon renewable energy sources. In our Curitiba and Vitória de Santo Antão (VSA) factories in Brazil, we’re generating bioelectricity by burning sugarcane residues, saving an estimated 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. In France, we have installed on-site solar panels at three plants: La Haye-Fouassière, Granville and Besancon. And in the Philippines, our Sucat plant is converting to 100 percent geothermal electricity, saving 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
As part of our goal to minimize our end-to-end CO2 emissions, we signed a renewable energy partnership in the U.S. with Enel Green Power. Through this agreement, we will purchase the energy delivered to the electricity grid from a 65 MW portion of EGP’s Roadrunner project, a solar farm in Texas, United States. The energy purchased is enough to produce more than 50% of all the Oreo cookies consumed in the U.S. annually. That’s around 10 billion Oreo cookies per year! This agreement enables us to make substantial progress against our sustainability goals by reducing 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions or 5% of our total manufacturing emissions (compared to 2013).
Member of Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition of Action
In addition to our strategy and efforts outlined in our Deforestation Position, we are also members of the Coalition of Action. Together with partner member companies, we are collectively committed to moving efficiently and quickly towards a forest positive future. We remain fully supportive of the need to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholder with activity focused on systemic change underpinned by two pillars of the Coalition’s theory of change – supply chain management and integrated land use approach and are committed to the Coalition’s approach to working with governments, partners at the Tropical Forest Alliance and other stakeholders towards shared action and progress on supply chain sustainability and green economic development.
As a member company we will participate in and support:
- Accelerated efforts to remove commodity-driven deforestation from our individual supply chains
- Setting higher expectations for traders to act across their entire supply base
- Driving more transformational change in these key commodity landscapes
- Transparently reporting on progress to ensure accountability
Learn more at www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.
Our belief is simple: it’s better to not generate waste to begin with. We call this "War on Waste". As most of our factories have already achieved zero waste to landfill, we’re focusing our efforts beyond recycling waste to reducing total waste in our manufacturing. Most of our manufacturing waste is food waste and, as part of the Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution to halve food waste within our own operations by 2025, we're developing a baseline to determine what proportion of our waste is food waste.
By adopting a zero-waste mindset and empowering factory floor teams to run our War on Waste methodology to identify, reduce and eliminate waste at the source, we have reduced total waste in manufacturing by 31 percent since 2013.
Many of the water systems that support ecosystems, communities, agriculture, and industry have become stressed and are drying up or becoming too polluted to use, with the situation being exacerbated by climate change. Given the importance of these issues, Mondelēz International is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable development goals, in particular concerning the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
From growing and sourcing the raw materials that we rely on, to operating our facilities, our business depends on water to help ensure the safety and resilience of our people and products, the security of our supplies, and the well-being of our consumers. Because water resources are shared among all users of a watershed, we recognize the need to build trust with other stakeholders and engaging in collective action within our priority watersheds.
Water stewardship is the lens we apply to develop our water strategy while we continue our effort to reduce our environmental impacts and to source our agricultural ingredients more sustainably. We are implementing the following approach to drive both site- and catchment-based actions:
- Continue delivering against our 2025 goal for water withdrawal reduction at priority manufacturing sites, in water-stressed locations.
In parallel, focus on:
- Identification of at-risk watersheds informed by our global water risk assessment and business priorities for our operations and supply chain.
- Development of detailed roadmaps and action plans for key basins by 2026, including local stakeholder consultation, to identify and respond to local water risks in at-risk watersheds.
- Deliver water stewardship outcomes thereafter, in line with our water stewardship strategy.
To mitigate and adapt to future water risk and support the conservation of freshwater ecosystems Mondelēz International intends to focus its strategy on the following areas:
- Continue working to prevent, minimize, and control pollution, while meeting or exceeding the requirements of all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
- Respond to emerging water risks by updating our Health, Safety and Environment Standard for Water Supply Management with best practices from e.g. the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s Standard for facilities in at-risk watersheds.
- Provide a safe and healthy work environment, including safe water for drinking and hygiene in our facilities, while promoting the access to water in the communities where we operate.
We will continue to integrate water stewardship roles, responsibilities and accountability into our internal governance structures tasked with supporting and driving public commitments, to enhance board oversight on water, a culture of accountability and compliance, and proactive two-way dialogues with stakeholders. Future water risk and impact considerations will continue to be considered as part in strategic business decision-making.