Responsibility for the
Global environmental challenges are a threat to people and planet alike.
Many of these challenges are interlinked. Food waste, for example, accounts for 8% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. This is of particular relevance to our sector. Globally, approximately one-third of the world’s produced food ends up as waste. In a world in which many people are hungry and malnourished, this is both an environmental and a human tragedy.
Our environmental efforts are focused on minimizing waste in our production – especially packaging and food waste – and on reducing our CO2 footprint by reducing our energy consumption.
As a large part of our environmental footprint occurs in our supply chain, we partner with our suppliers to extend our activities and the positive impact we can have into our supply chain. By removing waste and losses every step along the way, we are able to further contribute to a circular economy.
Key progress made so far
Reducing our CO₂ footprint
Based on the Paris Agreement global ambition, we have set a target to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30 % by 2025 (compared with 2010). We have developed a CO2 roadmap, with a clear focus on those areas on which we can have the most significant impact. By 2020 we had achieved a reduction of 21 %.
Reducing food waste to zero
We are proud that we have been able to reduce food waste in our own factories to 0 %. In 2020, all our edible residual materials were recovered, mostly for recycling as animal feed - or for composting.
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Contributing to a circular economy through better packaging
We are concerned about the rise of plastic waste in the world and share the concerns of many of our consumers about this issue. That's why we we have developed a packaging strategy with our aim in line with our circularity ambition: to eliminate all unnecessary packaging, whilst working towards full recyclability of our packaging materials.