We work toward a healthier environment from fields to plants to families, promoting sustainable ecosystems and making a positive impact in every thing we do.
We are committed to combating climate change and mitigating its impacts. We’re working to do this by:
The food industry has a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions—that’s one reason we announced a Science-Based Target in March 2022.
We are committed to reducing Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42% on an absolute basis by fiscal 2030 as compared to fiscal 2020. We also committed to reducing absolute Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from purchased goods and services and upstream transportation and distribution by 25% within the same timeframe.
We have long had goals to improve the energy and water efficiency of our operations. We also have on-site solar installations in five locations. Our manufacturing operations undergo energy efficiency audits, and we make investments in equipment and processes to improve performance. We’re also working to better integrate energy and water efficiency into our operational excellence program in the supply chain.
In 2022, we signed a virtual power purchase agreement that will contribute to a reduction of our Scope 2 emissions beginning in July 2023.
of our electricity is from renewable sources.
solar installations across our footprint, including a 26-acre solar field in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The farmers we work with play a significant role in making our food. We work together with these growers and other supply chain partners to improve sustainability on farms that grow our tomatoes, wheat, potatoes, almonds, and cashews.
Over the years we’ve formed close partnerships with our tomato farmers. Many of the family-owned farms that supply our tomatoes are located within a few miles of our plants in California and have been partners for decades. We have worked together to implement more sustainable agricultural practices, including drip irrigation. As a result, we’ve seen a 25% reduction in GHG emissions per short ton of tomatoes and a 28% reduction in water use per pound of tomatoes, compared to 2012.
After expanding our wheat sustainability program in 2021, we’re now supporting farmers throughout Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Kansas who are advancing sustainable agricultural practices on 122,000 acres of wheat and working to reduce their use of fertilizers, protect waterways, and mitigate the risk of climate change.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, such as systematically monitoring potato fields for pests or implementing some level of non-chemical pest control are used widely by our potato growers. We’re working with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Institute to assess pesticide risks and risk-reduction opportunities.
In 2020, we launched sustainability programs for our newest priority ingredients: almonds and cashews. We’re working with our almond growers in California to track almond pollinator health. Farmers can compare their practices against peers, access sustainability management tools, and demonstrate compliance with third-party certification standards.
For our cashew supply chain, we’re working with one of our suppliers to support smallholder farmers in West Africa to strengthen farmer livelihoods and support farm sustainability.
Responsible pest management only increases in importance as farmers deal with climate change. We’re committed to working with farmers and industry experts to reduce pesticide risks using a three-part strategy:
acres now covered by our wheat sustainability program.
PROTECTING SOIL HEALTH
of our tomato farmers use crop rotations, and 82% have reduced tractor passes or tillage events, in their fields.
of our contracted potato farmers protect environmentally sensitive areas on their farms.
Campbell’s commitment to farmers has been both long-term and reliable, which allows us to trust the stability of the relationship and feel more secure in making long-term investments in our operations.Blake Harlan, President of Harlan Family Ranch and Campbell’s tomato grower-supplier since 1990
Campbell’s commitment to farmers has been both long-term and reliable, which allows us to trust the stability of the relationship and feel more secure in making long-term investments in our operations.
We are committed to managing and protecting our water resources—both in our own operations and on the farms we source from.
We conduct water inventory and risk assessments of our direct operations and supply chain.
Twenty of our facilities were identified as having basin-level water risks, which means there may be risks including seasonal variability, droughts, floods, or water quality.
Twenty priority ingredients and packaging materials have been identified in our water risk assessment. Over 100 suppliers, representing 56% of supply chain (ingredient and packaging) water consumption, were identified as having basin-level water risks.
We continue to track progress against our current goal to reduce water use in our operations by 20% by fiscal 2025. In calendar year 2023, we expect to complete a project at our Maxton, North Carolina facility that will improve water efficiency and reduce our enterprise water use by over five percent.
Are you a Sour Cream & Onion Cape Cod chips aficionado? Can’t get enough of Sea Salt and Vinegar? Whatever your favorite is, you’ll love hearing that our Charlotte, North Carolina plant—one of the places where we make Cape Cod potato chips—saves up to 5 million gallons of water each year.
It’s thanks to a process that separates water from potato skins. Then the water is filtered, recirculated, and used to peel potatoes.
supply chain water inventory and risk assessment completed in 2021.
Farm-Level Water Reduction
of our tomatoes are grown utilizing drip irrigation, driving a 28% water use reduction from 2012 to 2021.
Reducing waste in the plants where our food is made is particularly important to us.
Here’s how we’re addressing this issue:
Sometimes potatoes are too small to be used for potato chips. The potatoes that don’t meet our chip size requirements can be sent to our soup plants, where a wider range of potato sizes can be used.
reduction in food waste by fiscal 2030.
reduction in waste sent to landfills (on an absolute basis) by fiscal 2025 (compared to fiscal 2017).
By improving the design and recyclability of our packaging, we’re reducing our environmental footprint. Our four packaging sustainability goals address all phases of a package’s life cycle, from sourcing the material to the end-of-life of the package:
After two years in development, we began producing a new V8 bottle in August 2021. The redesigned bottle uses less plastic and is projected to save about 2.5 million pounds of plastic per year.
About 300 million Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish bags—equivalent to about 10 million pounds of packaging—can now be recycled each year.
Beyond the engagement with Western Michigan University, our team consulted many partners to confirm the recyclability of our signature bags, including the Institute of Scrap Recycling, The Carton Council, and How2Recycle. The How2Recycle tile will be updated on packaging starting this year to denote that the packaging is now recyclable.
The How2Recycle labeling system, developed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), is a standardized way of making recycling easy. To help people better understand which packages are recyclable and how to recycle correctly, we feature a How2Recycle tile with instructions on our packaging. At the end of fiscal 2022, about 75% of our Meals & Beverages products and 84% of our Snacks products are labeled. We’re in the process of including the tile on all of our packaging.
In 2020, we became proud members of The Recycling Partnership, supporting its mission to drive measurable improvements in recycling and modernize the U.S. residential recycling system. The Recycling Partnership, with the support of its members, supports community recycling programs and helps divert millions of pounds of recyclable packaging.
of our packaging by weight is recyclable.
pounds of plastic saved each year with redesigned V8 bottles.
ENCOURAGING PROPER RECYCLING
of our products have the How2Recycle labels.
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