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Our Impact

Healthy Environment 

We work toward a healthier environment from fields to factories to families, promoting sustainable ecosystems and a positive impact every day

Combating climate change 

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We are committed to combating climate change and mitigating its impacts. We do this by: 

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Using renewable energy sources throughout our operations 
  • Supporting sustainable agriculture programs that improve fertilizer efficiency 
  • Promoting climate-resilient agriculture 
  • Advocating for responsible climate policy  
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Our work to address climate change in our operations 

We continue to drive resource conservation at our plants through energy and water efficiency improvements, onsite renewables, and employee training to promote behavioral changes. In October 2020, we committed to setting a science-based target (SBT) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations and supply chain. With the majority of our impact sitting in our agricultural supply chain, as part of our SBT, we will work closely with our growers and suppliers to monitor and reduce climate-related impacts. 

Our progress

Renewable Electricity

10 %

of electricity from renewable sources. 

Solar Installations 

5

solar installations across our footprint, including a 26-acre solar field in Hanover, Pennsylvania. 

Science-based target

We are completing a detailed analysis of our Scope 3 emissions so that we can set our science-based target to reduce emissions. 

Committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

In October 2020, we committed to setting a science-based target (SBT) to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our own operations and in our supply chain.

Our work to address climate change in our supply chain

The farmers we work with play a significant role in making the food you love to eat. 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 just five miles of our processing plants and have been our partners for decades, with some of these relationships dating back to the 1940s. Together, we are working to expand water and fertilizer conservation practices at the farm level.

Our progress

Nitrogen reduction

6 %

reduction in nitrogen applied from fertilizer per short ton of tomatoes since 2012.

Greenhouse gas emissions

26 %

reduction in GHG emissions per short ton of tomatoes since 2012 thanks to reduced nitrogen use.

Fertilizer Optimization 

70 K

acres of wheat are enrolled in a fertilizer optimization plan.

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Priority ingredients

Our sustainable agriculture programs are focused on tomatoes, wheat, potatoes, almonds and cashews, based on an extensive risk assessment conducted in conjunction with The Sustainability Consortium. These efforts include reducing fertilizer and pesticide use, improving soil health, and promoting sustainable land management to support biodiversity. 

Promoting sustainable water supplies 

Tomatoes arriving to process

The ingredients that go into the food you love come from the earth and need water to grow. We know just how precious water is. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to manage and protect our water resources—both in our own operations and on the farms we source from. By investing in technologies like water reuse systems in our plants to improve water efficiency and promoting drip irrigation with our farmers to optimize water and fertilizer use, we’re driving impacts throughout our supply chain. 

Assessing our water stewardship and risks 

We have conducted a comprehensive water risk assessment encompassing all of our plants. In partnership with a third-party firm, we looked at water from three risk categories: 

  • Local basin-level water risk  
  • Assessment of future water risk 
  • Financial or strategic water risk impacts on the business

The assessment included benchmarking against peers; evaluating facility-level water risk using a variety of screening-level tools; analyzing a preliminary set of most-at-risk facilities with additional data, including value at risk; as well as on-site interviews to validate and refine model findings and document best practices. The process and results were then reviewed with internal stakeholders.  

Ultimately, after applying multiple risk models and conducting plant interviews, it was determined that none of our facilities are currently at high risk for water quality and/or quantity impacts. The assessment found that our programs and management approaches were leading or near leading among our peers and sector leaders.

In addition, it highlighted an opportunity to better connect our stewardship with setting risk-informed goals and incorporating water as a material risk into our governance. We also completed third-party assurance of our water data for the second time and have committed to do this annually. We are now completing a value chain water risk assessment to assess water-related risks upstream and downstream of our operations. 

Our progress

Operational Water Reduction 

7 %

reduction in water used at our plants since fiscal 2017. 

Drip irrigation

75 %

of acres farmed for Campbell tomatoes use drip irrigation, which improves water and fertilizer efficiency.

Farm-Level Water Reduction 

23 %

reduction in the water used to irrigate our tomatoes since 2012. 


Working to eliminate waste

Woman with food donations

We are reducing waste across our value chain, from the farms that grow our ingredients to the plants that make our food, and with retailers, consumers and communities. As a food company, reducing food waste is particularly important to us. The United States generates roughly 60 million tons of food waste annually, and nearly 40 million tons of that goes to landfill. Worse yet, about 25% to 40% of the food that is grown, processed, and transported in the United States will never be consumed.  

We take a multi-tiered approach to address this issue:  

  • Reduce the amount of surplus food made 
  • Donate extra food to food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters to feed hungry people 
  • Use food scraps and byproducts to feed animals 
  • Divert waste oils and food scraps to industrial uses, including biofuels and anaerobic digestion 
  • Compost food waste to create nutrient-rich soil 

Our goals

Goal

50 %

reduction in food waste by fiscal 2030 in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 (compared to fiscal 2017).

GOAL

25 %

reduction in waste sent to landfills (on an absolute basis) by fiscal 2025 (compared to fiscal 2017).

Our progress

Improving circularity in packaging 

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We continuously strive to improve our packaging. In May 2020, we announced four new packaging sustainability goals to promote circularity and reduce the environmental impact of our packaging. These four goals address packaging design, material selection, and life cycle from sourcing to end-of-life. Our approach aims to reduce packaging waste through investments in recyclability and recycling infrastructure, recycled content, and consumer education with the following four goals:  

  1. Design packaging for recyclability or compostability 
  2. Increase use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content 
  3. Educate consumers through on-pack How2Recycle labels 
  4. Partner with industry organizations to expand infrastructure and increase recycling rates

Our goals

goal

100 %

of packaging will be transitioned to recyclable or industrially compostable designs and materials by 2030.

goal

25 %

post-consumer recycled content will be used in our PET bottles by 2030. 

goal

100 %

of packaging will include the How2Recycle label by 2022.

Our progress

Packaging recyclability

Access to recycling

In 2020 we became proud funders of The Recycling Partnership, supporting its mission to drive measurable improvements in recycling. We sit on two coalitions: The Film & Flexibles Coalition which works to identify and scale ways to collect more film and flexible packaging and the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition which is working to increase both the access for people to recycle polypropylene through curbside recycling and the reuse of recycled polypropylene in packaging. 

Campbell's Tomato Soup Can 1897

Loving the can since 1869

We’ve used infinitely recyclable steel cans to package our soups for over 100 years. Steel cans are the most recycled packaging material in the United States, with a recycling rate of over 70%. That means that the steel used in Campbell cans produced over a century ago could very well make up our cans today! 

Kettle Brand Korean Barbeque

Kettle Brand’s natural promise extends to its bag 

Sustainability has been important to the Kettle Brand for decades. When you open a bag of Kettle Brand chips, you expect authentic ingredients made by real people, sustainably. The brand team applied that same principle to the snack’s environmental footprint in 2019 when they redesigned the bag, resulting in a 43% reduction in plastic. What’s more, the associated GHG emissions from packaging are down by half and will help keep 2 million pounds of plastic from going to the landfill each year. The efforts have paid off in another big way: the previous bag design was historically difficult to open without using scissors. Now with less packaging, the bag is easy to open without sacrificing quality. 

Our Partners

The Recycling Partnership 

Sustainable Packaging Coalition 

How2Recycle 

Association of Plastic Recyclers 

TerraCycle

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