GLOBAL: Mondelez outlines sustainability drive
Mondelez set out range of goals
Cadbury and Oreo owner Mondelez International has set out fresh plans for healthier snacks, sustainable sourcing and reducing its environmental impact.
The global snacks giant yesterday (12 March) set out what it called its "Call for Well-being" strategy, which includes cutting sodium and sat fat by 10% by 2020, investing US$600m in its cocoa and coffee farmers over the next ten years and reducing the company's water and energy use in manufacturing by 15%.
"We want to work with others to expand the conversation around well-being and bring an entrepreneurial approach to address the growing concerns around public health and the environment," Christine McGrath, vice president of external affairs, said.
Mondelez, which also sells products from Lu biscuits to Milka chocolate, said it would grow what it called "better choice" products by 25%, up the whole grains in its lines by the same amount and increase individually-wrapped options of 200 calories or less by a quarter.
The US-based group's environmental plans also include a target of having 60% of its production in zero-waste-to-landfill sites by the end of next year.
Mondelez International Announces Global Commitments to Well-being
- Integrates Sustainability, Health & Wellness, Community and Safety Initiatives
- Sets Global Goals to Enhance Nutritional Content; Expand Portion-Controlled Options
- Invests $50 Million in Community Partnerships to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
- Affirms $600 Million Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Practices
DEERFIELD, Ill., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mondelez International today unveiled a plan to improve the well-being of the planet and its people - from farmers to consumers. The holistic Call for Well-being strategy will significantly broaden the reach and impact of the company's worldwide programs, starting with new global nutrition targets across its product portfolio.
"We know the health of people, communities, our business and the planet are inextricably linked," said Christine McGrath, Vice President of External Affairs and head of the company's global well-being platform. "People around the world aspire to live healthier, better lives, but none of us can do it alone. We want to work with others to expand the conversation around well-being and bring an entrepreneurial approach to address the growing concerns around public health and the environment."
The company's Call for Well-being includes a focus on four key areas of action:
- Empowering consumers to snack mindfully
- Partnering with communities to promote healthy lifestyles
- Securing sustainable agricultural supplies and reducing environmental footprint
- Keeping people and products safe
Empowering Consumers to Snack Mindfully & Partnering with Communities
As the world's largest snack company, Mondelez International is committed to helping people make mindful snack choices. For the first time, the company has set global nutrition targets to reach the following goals by 2020:
- Grow "Better Choice" products to 25 percent of revenue
- Reduce sodium and saturated fat by 10 percent
- Increase whole grains by 25 percent; and
- Increase individually wrapped options of 200 calories or less by 25 percent
In addition to evolving its product portfolio, the company plans to place calorie information front-of-pack globally by the end of 2016. These combined efforts help support the World Health Organization's goals to reduce salt and saturated fat consumption and help people better manage their calorie and sugar intake. The company is also investing $50 million in healthy-lifestyle community partnerships over the next several years, focused on nutrition education and promoting active lifestyles.
Securing Sustainable Agricultural Supplies & Reducing Environmental Footprint
The Call for Well-being strategy builds on the company's efforts to protect the well-being of the planet through more sustainable sourcing, operations and supplier integration. With its partners, Mondelez International is committed to:
- Helping farmers create thriving communities with a 10-year, $600 million investment in its Cocoa Life and Coffee Made Happy signature programs.
- Promoting biodiversity and good environmental practices through Harmony, the company's successful European wheat-sourcing program
- Reducing the company's environmental footprint by cutting energy and water use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by 15 percent by 2015.
The company also plans to have 60 percent of its production in zero-waste-to-landfill sites by the end of 2015.
Mondelez International's sustainability practices have been recognized among leading organizations, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In addition, the company is embedding sustainable sourcing practices into other commodities. Last December, Mondelez International achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) coverage for 100 percent of the palm oil it bought in 2013 - two years ahead of schedule.
Keeping People and Products Safe
"The safety of our employees worldwide and the food we make remains our top priority," said McGrath. Mondelez International aims to achieve world-class employee safety performance. In addition, by 2015, all of the company's manufacturing facilities expect to achieve third-party food safety certification.
To learn more about the company's well-being strategy, including a video from Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld, please visit http://www.mondelezinternational.com/well-being.
About Mondelez International
Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2013 revenue of $35 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelez International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum; Jacobs coffee and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelez International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visitwww.mondelezinternational.com and www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational.
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