As a food company, we strive to build a more resilient food system that improves the world we all share. The crisis we find ourselves in brings into focus why we’re committed to our corporate responsibility goals.
An important element of our corporate responsibility work is transparency. Every year, our Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team shares our results in an annual report. This year’s report highlights our fiscal year 2019 achievements and our measurable progress against corporate responsibility goals in our four strategic pillars: Grown, Sourced, Produced and Shared.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s report:
Grown: Sustainable Agriculture
We believe that real food has roots. We work with around 50 tomato growers, most of whom have been partners of Campbell for more than 25 years.
Our close partnership with tomato farmers has helped us achieve progress in the following areas since 2012:
- Reduced GHG emissions by 26% for our tomatoes
- Reduced water use by 25% for our tomatoes
- Reduced nitrogen use by 6% for our tomatoes
- 78% of acres that grow our tomatoes use drip irrigation technology
Learn more about our approach to sustainable agriculture.
Sourced: Responsible Sourcing
From key ingredients to packaging, we’re working to do what’s right – and share it openly – because we know that transparency builds trust. By fiscal year 2025, our goal is to responsibly source 100% of our 15 priority raw materials and trace them back to their country of origin. As of fiscal 2019, 83% of these priority raw materials are responsibly sourced and 89% are traceable to country of origin.
As we work to reduce our impact on the environment, an important piece of that work also includes packaging sustainability. Last year, we redesigned the labels on our V8 V-Fusion and Blends bottles, to make them easier to recycle.
Learn more about these achievements, along with other examples of our commitment to responsible sourcing.
Produced: Sustainable Operations
Real food is rooted in care – care for our natural resources, for quality and safety, and for our planet. Last fiscal year, we cut food waste by 36%, making significant progress toward our 2030 goal of a 50% reduction.
Thanks to our new family of brands, we have increased our onsite renewable impact to five solar installations and two fuel cells. Across our company, we source 10% of our electricity from renewable energy.
And because of LED lighting updates at our Maxton, North Carolina, and Napoleon, Ohio, plants we’ve reduced emissions and saved money. These smart innovations reduced GHG emissions by 7,500 tonnes and saved $950,000 annually.
See how we’re continuing to make progress toward our sustainable operations goals.
Shared: Serving our employees, consumers and communities
Our people are our top priority. As we’ve welcomed new brands into our family, we’ve also spent time reevaluating our approach to employee engagement, inclusion and diversity, training and development, and continuous improvement. We’re also proud to continue a legacy of gender diversity on our Board, dating back to 1961 with Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin.
For our consumers, in fiscal year 2019, we delivered over 10 billion servings of vegetables and over 1.5 billion servings of whole grains to the global marketplace. And we sold over $2.5 billion in gluten-free snacks, beverages, broths and sauces.
Supporting the communities we call home is core to who we are. We contributed $64.2 million in cash and in-kind giving to our hometowns, and our employees volunteered 10,500 hours during fiscal year 2019. The need is great, especially now. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have contributed approximately $4 million to-date in financial support and food to organizations in 33 Campbell communities.
You can learn more about our corporate responsibility approach and read more stories about our progress in our 2020 report and website.