Kraft Heinz Releases 2022 Environmental Social Governance Report, 'Together at the Table'
Company Advances Toward Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Aspirations, Net-Zero Commitment, and Food Security Goals, Among Other Progress
- Achieved 2021 employee representation objectives, increasing representation of women in global management positions and people of color in
the United Statesby two percentage points, putting the Company on track to achieve its global diversity, inclusion, and belonging aspirations by 2025
- Set near-term emissions reduction target of 50% by 2030, on path to net-zero emissions by 2050
- Delivered approximately 440 million meals to people in need in 2021, achieving 52% of Company's goal of delivering 1.5 billion meals by 2025 against its 2019 baseline
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The Kraft Heinz ESG strategy is designed to prioritize the issues that matter most to the Company's business and stakeholders. The Report highlights progress across three key pillars – Healthy Living & Community Support, Environmental Stewardship and Responsible Sourcing – that help the Company build value among its broad set of stakeholders by incorporating responsible business practices at each stage of its value chain.
"The food industry has seen countless challenges in the last two years," said
Healthy Living and Community Support
- DI&B Aspirations: In 2021,
Kraft Heinzstrengthened its commitment to an inclusive culture and diverse workforce by setting 2025 DI&B aspirations. The Company aims to achieve gender parity within global management positions and to increase representation of people of color in U.S.salaried positions to 30% by 2025. In 2021, Kraft Heinzincreased representation of women in global management positions and people of color in U.S.salaried positions by two percentage points each (39% vs. 37% in 2020 and 26% vs. 24% in 2020, respectively), which is on track for the Company's achievement of its global Aspirations by 2025.
- Efforts to Alleviate Global Hunger: Since 2020,
Kraft Heinzhas made significant progress toward its goal to provide 1.5 billion meals to people in need by 2025. In 2021, the Company provided approximately 440 million meals to people in need, bringing the total number of meals provided to nearly 1.2 billion since 2016. The Kraft Heinz Foundationcommitted $12 millionover three years to support Rise Against Hunger'sglobal efforts to end world hunger through sustainable agriculture and food assistance programs.
- New Nutrition- and Consumer-Conscious Products:
Kraft Heinzcontinues to create innovations to satisfy consumer demand for new, nutrition-conscious products, including increasing the number of plant-based offerings.
- In 2021, the Company launched various plant-based products, including three varieties of HEINZ Beanz Burgerz, a fully vegan mayonnaise, and a vegan alternative to HEINZ
- The Company also launched Master Low Salt Weijixian Soy Sauce, Heinz Veg Hoops with 30% extra vegetables, and lactose-free
PhiladelphiaOriginal Brick Cream Cheese.
To address ongoing environmental challenges,
- Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions: In 2021,
Kraft Heinzcommitted to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its operational footprint (Scope 1 and 2) and global supply chain (Scope 3) by 2050, with a near-term goal of halving emissions by 2030.
- In 2021,
Kraft Heinzmade significant progress against its goal to reduce waste to landfill intensity by 20% across its manufacturing facilities by 2025. At the end of 2021, the Company had achieved a waste to landfill intensity reduction of nearly 15%. Sustainable Packaging: Kraft Heinzcontinues to drive progress toward its goal of using 100% recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging by 2025. Through 2021, approximately 84% of the Company's global packaging portfolio met this goal.
- As part of this broader goal,
Kraft Heinzset out to create a fully circular Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottle in Europeby 2022. The final piece of this project was developing a recyclable cap. Teams across the Company created 45 unique designs, printing each in-house using a state-of-the-art 3D printer, to develop the recyclable solution for the Heinz Tomato Ketchup squeeze bottle. The bottle is expected to be rolled out globally, starting in Europe, by the end of 2022.
- The Company is developing and testing a fiber-based microwavable cup for Kraft Mac and Cheese. The innovative cup, slated for release by the end of 2022, will also eliminate the plastic label through new direct-print technology.
"Innovations like the fully circular Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottle and new plant-based products like vegan mayonnaise are great examples of how
To meet its sustainable product and agricultural goals,
- Supplier Diversity Program: To support an inclusive economy, in 2021
Kraft Heinzlaunched its Supplier Diversity Program, committing to partner with suppliers that are majority-owned, -operated, and -managed by women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, or veterans, with a goal of tripling the Company's spend with such companies by 2025.
- Sustainable Agricultural Practices:
Kraft Heinzis working in partnership with growers to implement sustainable agricultural practices and take significant steps to strengthen its Sustainable Agricultural Practices Manual ("SAP Manual"). The Company's SAP Manual was benchmarked against the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform's Farm Sustainability Assessment 3.0, receiving Silver Levelstatus in 2021. Kraft Heinzalso launched its SAP Manual in 2021 with suppliers and growers in Spainand Californiawith the goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of tomatoes in Heinz Tomato Ketchup by 2025.
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