Mondelēz releases its Snacking Made Right Report on sustainability progress

Global snacks and confectionery group Mondelēz International has published its 2019 Snacking Made Right Report, highlighting key progress towards achieving its 2025 sustainable and mindful snacking goals.

As the business noted, its latest review outlines an ongoing commitment to encouraging positive leadership surrounding enjoyment of products in a balanced manner through a series of consumer awareness measures.

With levels of obesity in key markets within the US and Europe at concerning levels, manufacturers across the confectionery and snacks market segments have responded in recent years, with Mondelēz adopting policies of reducing calories and adapting portion sizes within its product ranges.

The Snacking Made Right report includes Mondelēz International’s signature sustainable sourcing programs and approaches driven by the company’s purpose – to empower people to snack right by providing the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. As the world continues to manage the global COVID-19 pandemic, the company believes that purpose is more important than ever before and is committed to advancing its efforts in order to confront the new challenges facing the world.

“As we collectively manage the global impact of COVID-19, now more than ever is the time for companies to do what’s right and drive sustainable business growth at scale,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International.

“At Mondelez International, our purpose-driven approach to sustainability and well-being is focused on reducing our impact on the environment and creating a positive impact on society as part of our mission to lead the future of snacking by delivering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. I’m proud of the significant progress we’ve made in 2019 and believe our 2025 Snacking Made Right goals are the right goals to focus on for the future,” said Van de Put.

With snacking a growing behaviour globally, Mondelēz International is living its purpose of empowering people to snack right by using its scale to create meaningful, lasting change for the better. In 2019, the company made meaningful progress towards creating resilient and sustainable ingredient supply chains, reducing environmental impact and packaging innovation:

Sustainable Ingredient Supplies
63% cocoa volume for Chocolate brands sourced through the company’s signature sustainable sourcing program Cocoa Life (up 20 pts vs 2018)
65% wheat for biscuit brands in Europe sustainably sourced through the company’s Harmony Wheat program
Maintained 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Goal) palm oil goal

Environmental Impact
15% reduction in CO2 emissions across manufacturing operations
27% reduction in priority water usage in areas where water is most scarce
21% reduction in waste from manufacturing operations

Packaging Innovation
93% of total packaging (both plastic and non-plastic) designed to be recyclable
In addition, in 2019, Mondelēz International made strong progress in well-being to both align the company’s portfolio to contemporary well-being needs as well as encouraging mindful snacking habits through portion control and labelling:

16% of global snacks net revenue from portion control snacks
Global standardisation of front-of-pack portion amount labelling

The company’s Snacking Made Right report confirmed progress against ambitious long-term goals including: Continuing to scale signature sustainable sourcing programmes, scaling Cocoa Life to source 100% cocoa volume for chocolate by 2025, Scaling Harmony Wheat to source 100% wheat for biscuits in Europe by 2022, Maintaining 100% RSPO coverage in palm oil, Scaling child labour monitoring and remediation systems to cover 100% Cocoa Life communities in West Africa by 2025.

In addition, the report also addressed climate change and reducing environmental impact, setting science-based targets to reduce end-to-end CO2 emissions by 10% by 2025, with a focus on protecting and restoring forests, ,advancing packaging innovation and tackling plastic waste, with 100% of packaging designed to be recyclable and labelled with recycling information by 2025.

“We know consumers are increasingly aware of the impact their choices have on the world and what the companies behind those products stand for,” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, Vice President and Chief of Impact, Sustainability and Well-being at Mondelēz International. “We believe in making our snacks the right way, which means to both create a future in which people and planet thrive and to stand up for what we believe in. Today’s release of our Snacking Made Right report is an important step forward as we continue to demonstrate our progress on that journey.”

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