Mondelēz International makes gains on key sustainability targets

Mondelēz International has reported key progress against its 2020 goals on sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil sourcing and product development.

The global confectionery producer has delivered its latest Impact for Growth study charting achievements on improving agriculture and environmental footprint targets.

In addition, the company has also expanded its healthy lifestyle and nutrition programmes, including the development of healthier snacks and confectionery with its product range.

The company’s report showed that more than 12% of its revenue now stems from individually-wrapped portion control snacks with 200 calories or less, against a target of 15% by 2020.

Furthermore, the report also illustrates how the company’s impact programmes align with and support the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

In terms of its sustainability improvements, the company reported that it has reduced absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 10%, reduced water use by 25% at locations where water is most scarce, and eliminated 53,500 metric tonnes of packaging, achieving 80% of its target for 2020.

Significantly, the company’s Cocoa Life sustainable cocoa sourcing scheme has reached 120,500 farmers, which is up 31% against its figure for 2016.

The company also maintained its 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) palm oil, with 96% of its palm oil reportedly traceable to mill sources.

In addition, the business allocated more than $45 million to healthy lifestyle community partnerships, impacting the lives of 1.5 million children across 18 countries by increasing their nutrition knowledge, providing opportunities for physical activity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables

Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, welcomed the progress made across the company.

He said: “Having a positive impact on our planet and the communities we do business in is core to who we are as a company. Today, we’re producing snacks more sustainably, with less energy, water and waste; and sourcing our key ingredients in ways that reduce deforestation in our supply chain.
“We’re empowering farmers and investing in community programs that help improve the well-being of children and their families.”

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