Which are the main pillars of your CSR and Sustainability strategy?
Our Sustainability 2020 goals place us at the forefront of the fight against climate change and support our 2020 ambition to be the leader in well-being snacks.
We’re adopting science-based targets to reduce absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing as part of our ambitious end-to-end approach. We will also implement deforestation interventions in key agriculture supply programs, such as Cocoa Life, and as progress is made on the ground will publicly report the resulting end-to-end carbon footprint reduction.
We aim to create a sustainable supply of critical raw materials, support smallholder livelihoods and food security with signature programs focused on impact at scale.
What have been some of the greatest challenges in realizing your CSR and Sustainability goals in the past year, and how has your company overcome them?
Insights from our work with life cycle assessment experts has shown us that the greatest environmental impacts often fall outside our direct control in our agricultural supply chain. We also know that significant socio-economic challenges exist in some supply chains, like cocoa.
That’s why we are working to create a sustainable supply of critical raw materials, such as cocoa, to support smallholder livelihoods and food security with signature programs focused on impact at scale. Through Cocoa Life we are committed to empowering 200,000 cocoa farmers and reaching a million people in cocoa communities in six cocoa-growing countries by 2022.
From our work in these programs, we know that progress is only possible by working in partner-ship with farmers, communities, governments, suppliers and non-profit partners.
We also use our position as the world’s largest snack company to be a catalyst for change across the industry through broad scale partnership and engagement. For example, we are tackling deforestation through our Palm Oil Action Plan, which engages our suppliers to imple-ment traceability and more sustainable production practices.
We also support change across the sector as a whole. For example, we co-authored the Consumer Goods Forum’s Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines and sit on the board of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). And we have supported policy engagement by working with the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Indonesia and other partners to develop the Indonesia National Palm Oil Platform.
Keeping in mind the targets set in the Paris accord what do you see on the horizon for corporate sustainability initiatives? How can companies and government work together to achieve sustainability and CSR goals?
At Paris, we unveiled a first-of-its-kind partnership with the government of Cote d’Ivoire to participate in its national deforestation program, supported by UN REDD+ and the World Bank. Through this partnership, we are leading private sector action in the program by integrating action to combat deforestation into Cocoa Life.
Focusing on two initial areas in Eastern and Central Cote d’Ivoire, we will support forest mapping and monitoring, working with the NGO, Salva Terra. We will help reduce deforestation by training farmers to increase productivity by adopting fertilizer and plant protection products as well as practices like agroforestry, so they can increase incomes without expanding into the forest.
Partnering with the Ivorian government, with the support of the World Bank, allows Mondelez International to have a greater impact and to protect forest areas more effectively than any one actor could on its own. We call for the private sector to step up and to embrace the opportunity to work with governments in forested countries to produce raw materials in a way that tackles rural poverty while reducing emissions from deforestation.
What are your goals for 2016 and your priorities for the year?
Our sustainability goals build on our heritage of leadership in sustainability and ongoing commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In manufacturing, by the end of 2020 we will implement a science-based goal to reduce absolute manufacturing CO2 emissions by 15%. This aligns with current approaches to support the global effort to limit climate change to less than 2 degrees C. We also plan to reduce water usage by 10% in manufacturing sites where water is scarce; reduce total manufacturing waste by 20%; roughly reducing 83,000 tonnes of waste per year; and eliminate another 65,000 tonnes of packaging materials. These new goals will drive reductions in the total environmental impact of our manufacturing.
In raw materials, our unique agriculture programs will drive our end-to-end approach to reducing environmental impacts, focused on areas where we can make the biggest difference, like cocoa and palm oil. Our initial focus is to reduce carbon footprint by tackling deforestation in our agriculture supply programs, like Cocoa Life and through our Palm Oil Action Plan.
Our focus in 2016 will be to ensure our programs align with these new goals and to drive progress to achieve them.
In conversation with Mr. Jonathan Horrell Director Sustainability for Mondelez International. (Original Post)