Mondelēz’s UK businesses praised in ‘Snacking Made Right’ report

By Anthony Myers

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Cadbury Dairy Milk sharing bars are made in the company's Bournville factory. Pic: Mondelēz  International
Cadbury Dairy Milk sharing bars are made in the company's Bournville factory. Pic: Mondelēz International

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Mondelēz International has published its 2021 Snacking Made Right Report, which confirms global progress against ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals, including a strong contribution from the UK.

The report highlights several UK market initiatives that reduce the environmental impact of the business - including reductions in packaging, water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions along with Cadbury Plant bar innovation, functional nutrition through the new Grenade portfolio, and portion control measures on mini-Oreo packs.

It also showcases local progress against the company’s health and wellbeing policy to support consumers to find the right balance during the challenges of the pandemic.

A sustainability mindset has long been integrated into our business growth strategy as we continue to create value, make our business more resilient and accelerate our ambition of building a more sustainable snacking company​,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. “I am proud of the strong progress our company has made against our ambitious ESG goals, which are integral to the long-term success of our business and help us address some of the key issues facing the world at large​.”

Sustainable ingredients

In the UK&I 100% of farmers supplying milk for Cadbury Dairy Milk are tracking their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on farms with plans to reduce them by 10% by 2025, the report states.

Other sustainable achievements include:

  • Reaching 209,954 Cocoa Life registered farmers (exceeding the 2022 goal of 200,000 program-registered cocoa farmers)
  • 75% of cocoa volume for chocolate brands sourced through Cocoa Life (+7 percentage points since 2020)
  • 91% wheat volume needed for Europe business unit biscuits production grown under Harmony charter (+15 percentage points since 2020)
  • 100% palm oil volume RSPO certified (since 2014) with 99% traceable to mill and 87% forest monitored

In the company’s Sheffield factory, it claims to have saved five Olympic swimming pools of water a year and can boast 100% renewable electricity in six of its  UK production sites contributing globally to 32% total electricity used in owned operations from renewable energy (+9 percentage points since 2020).

Mondelēz also says it is on track to use 5% recycled plastic content by 2025 with 0.5% used in 2021 (baseline 2020) Including Cadbury Dairy Milk sharing bars made in Bournville and Philadelphia tubs in 2022 – along with 72,100 metric tonnes of packaging materials eliminated (baseline 2013) Including 6.4 million plastic windows removed from UK Cadbury Easter Inclusion shell eggs

This year’s report documents important milestones marking 10 years on our sustainability journey, in which we’ve achieved scale in our signature ingredient sourcing programs Cocoa Life and Harmony Wheat. With Cocoa Life, we have built the largest cocoa sustainability programme and have achieved the goal we set in 2012, investing more than $400m in the programme to support farmer livelihoods, reaching almost 210,000 cocoa farmers and, more importantly, seeing positive impact at scale​,” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, Senior Vice President and Chief Global Impact and Sustainability Officer at Mondelēz International.

 “The issues we are tackling are systemic, requiring supply chain and business transformation. That’s why our integrated approach is not only designed to tackle root causes, but also embedded into our business growth strategy. We are committed to measuring our impact and investing in scalable solutions and innovation so we can drive lasting change​.”

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