Mondelēz announces progress in delivering sustainability and wellbeing goals
The Snacking Made Right Report outlines Mondelēz ongoing commitment to lead the future of snacking by leveraging its global scale to deliver positive change, the company said in a statement.
Its sustainable sourcing programs, including Cocoa Life, are driven by the company’s purpose – ‘to empower people to snack right by providing the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way’.
Released in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said its purpose is more important than ever before and is committed to advancing its efforts in order to confront the new challenges facing the world.
“As we collectively manage the global impact of COVID-19, now more than ever is the time for companies to do what’s right and drive sustainable business growth at scale,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International.
In 2019, the company claimed it made meaningful progress towards creating resilient and sustainable ingredient supply chains, reducing environmental impact and packaging innovation with the following:
- 63% cocoa volume for Chocolate brands sourced through the company’s signature sustainable sourcing program Cocoa Life (up 20 pts vs 2018)
- 65% wheat for biscuit brands in Europe sustainably sourced through the company’s Harmony Wheat program
- Maintained 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Goal) palm oil goal
It said its environmental impact revealed:
- 15% reduction in CO2 emissions across manufacturing operations
- 27% reduction in priority water usage in areas where water is most scarce
- 21% reduction in waste from manufacturing operations
And in packaging innovation, Mondelēz claimed 93% of total packaging (both plastic and non-plastic) designed to be recyclable.
“At Mondelez International, our purpose-driven approach to sustainability and wellbeing is focused on reducing our impact on the environment and creating a positive impact on society as part of our mission to lead the future of snacking by delivering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. I’m proud of the significant progress we’ve made in 2019 and believe our 2025 Snacking Made Right goals are the right goals to focus on for the future,” said Van de Put.
The company also reasserted its Cocoa Life pledge to source 100% cocoa volume for chocolate by 2025 as well as scaling child labor monitoring and remediation systems to cover 100% Cocoa Life communities in West Africa by 2025.
“We know consumers are increasingly aware of the impact their choices have on the world and what the companies behind those products stand for,” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, vice president and chief of impact, sustainability and wellbeing at Mondelēz International. “We believe in making our snacks the right way, which means to both create a future in which people and planet thrive and to stand up for what we believe in. Today’s release of our Snacking Made Right report is an important step forward as we continue to demonstrate our progress on that journey.”