Kraft Heinz has pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its operational footprint and entire global supply chain by 2050, reaffirming its commitment to reducing the ongoing threat of climate change.
As a milestone on its path to achieving net zero emissions, it will target a near-term emissions reduction of 50 per cent by 2030.
The key focus areas of Kraft Heinz’s net zero program include:
- Promoting regenerative and sustainable practices across the company’s agricultural supply chain through its Sustainable Agricultural Practices Manual, which guides efforts to source 100 per cent of Heinz ketchup tomatoes sustainably by 2025;
- Transitioning to more circular and recyclable consumer packaging;
- Procuring most of the Kraft Heinz’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025; and
- Continuing to transition key on-site manufacturing facilities to renewable energy sources.
“As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we take seriously our responsibility to slash our environmental impact in the face of climate change,” Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said.
“Through partnerships with leading NGOs and across our supply chain, we look to seize opportunities to reduce emissions and minimise our footprint, from the farms that grow our ingredients to the manufacturing facilities that prepare our products.”
In 2020 and 2021, Kraft Heinz conducted a robust assessment related to its total value chain emissions, including verifying all emissions by an independent third-party. Its Scope Three emissions account for approximately 95 per cent of the company’s total emissions, so will be a primary focus its reduction efforts.
Kraft Heinz will work in partnership with key suppliers, including ingredient and packaging suppliers, which account for approximately 62 per cent and 12 per cent of its Scope Three footprint respectively, to reduce emissions across its value chain. This follows the company’s own recently updated Supplier Guiding Principles as a north star.
Other focus areas will include upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, end-of-life treatment and use of sold products.
In 2021, Kraft Heinz also renewed its commitment to set a science-based emissions reduction target by 2023, in alignment with the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard. It will follow the most current, credible and widely accepted climate science standards available.
Kraft Heinz plans to share additional information on its roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 when it announces its science-based targets in 2023. Kraft Heinz will continue to report annually on its emissions footprint in its Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Report.
For more information on Kraft Heinz’s climate ambitions and progress, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com/esg.