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Environmental Footprint

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.

Goal Progress Highlight
Reduce absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing 15%**
On Target
Reduced emissions by 10%
Reduce water use by 10%** at priority
locations where water is most scarce
On Target
Reduced our incoming water usage by 22%*** in priority locations
Reduce total waste in manufacturing 20%**
More needed
Reduced total waste by 13%
Eliminate 65,000 metric tonnes of
On Target
Eliminated 59,600 metric tonnes of packaging; announced ambitious target to have all packaging recyclable by 2025 and all paper-based packaging sustainably sourced by 2020

Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

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.

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Reducing CO2 Footprint to Protect Global Food Supplies

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Preserving Water

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Cutting Waste

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 2º C.

Since 2013, we reduced CO2 emissions from our factories by 10 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 commitment 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).

Preserving Water

When considering the various ways we address sustainability issues around the world, nothing is more important than conserving the valuable resource of water. Based on a comprehensive risk assessment, using the Aqueduct tool from the World Resources Institute, we identified priority sites in areas where water is most scarce and targeted our reduction efforts on these locations.

Our goal is to reduce absolute water use by 10 percent at priority manufacturing sites where water is most scarce. In 2018, our Gladstone factory in Canada reduced water consumption by 29 percent by completing work to eliminate the use of once-through water — achieving a total reduction of 69 percent since 2014. In Peru, a project to reuse treated wastewater in our Lima factory has reduced annual water consumption by 2,400 cubic meters.

Cutting Waste

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 13 percent since 2013.