WhiteWave Foods has unveiled new commitments to sustainability in areas including emissions, water use and sourcing.
The Alpro maker said it would reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste to landfill per pound of product by 20% by 2025 from a 2013 baseline.
WhiteWave uses certified sustainable palm oil for its liquid creamer products but said by 2020 the sourcing of the ingredient will comply with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s Next criteria, which the organisation introduced earlier this year to build on its existing standards
In addition to announcing the 2025 environmental targets, WhiteWave said it had fulfilled its 2016 commitment to source 100% of the cocoa powder used to produce its North American brands, expanded its 100% sustainable cocoa commitment to its European Alpro brand, and pledged to reduce sugar in Alpro products by 12.5% by 2020.
In a new CSR report, WhiteWave also detailed “significant achievements in sourcing, waste and water use reduction in 2014-2015”.
Chairman and CEO Gregg Engles said: “At WhiteWave, we aim to produce great-tasting food in a way that’s better for people, our communities and our planet. To achieve this goal, we are constantly seeking new ways to deliver the transparency, choice and responsible practices people are looking for today.”
WhiteWave said that since it began tracking its environmental impact in 2006, the company had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32% per pound of product. Over the past two years, the company said it had reduced water use by 6% per pound of product, and waste to landfill resource intensity by 52%.