USA – Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has reported important progress against its 2020 impact goals in its 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report recently released.

According to the company, the report details progress against sustainable agriculture and environmental footprint goals, as well as global expansion of healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs in at risk communities.

The report also illustrates how the company’s impact programs align with and support the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The company reported that it had reduced absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 10 percent.

It also reduced water use by 25 percent at locations where water is most scarce and eliminated 53,500 metric tonnes of packaging – achieving 80% of its 2020 goal.

It increased the impact of Cocoa Life, the company’s sustainable cocoa sourcing program, reaching 120,500 farmers (up 31% vs. 2016) in 1,085 communities (up 26%)

“Having a positive impact on our planet and the communities we do business in is core to who we are as a company,” said Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International.

“Today, we’re producing snacks more sustainably, with less energy, water and waste; and sourcing our key ingredients in ways that reduce deforestation in our supply chain.

We’re empowering farmers and investing in community programs that help improve the well-being of children and their families.”

Mondelēz International’s Impact For Growth platform builds on its legacy of delivering positive impact in four key areas: sustainability, well-being snacks, safety and community.

The company also promoted environmentally sustainable practices in wheat production across Europe through its Harmony sustainable wheat program, achieving a 20 percent reduction in pesticide use.

It expanded the company’s Harmony sustainable wheat commitment to now source 100% of its wheat need in the EU by 2022, maintained 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) palm oil goal; with 96% of its palm oil traceable back to the mill.

The company also achieved 15 percent of global eggs sourced were cage-free; on target to use 100 percent cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2020 and in the rest of the world by 2025

Mondelez also delivered 12.8 percent of revenue from portion control snacks – individually wrapped and 200 calories or less; and on target to achieve 2020 goal of 15 percent.

It reduced sodium by 1.4 percent across total snack portfolio and 2 percent in Oreoglobally; reduced saturated fat in Barni soft cakes by 13 percent and in Ritz and TUC crackers by 2 and 3 percent respectively; and reduced sugar by 1 percent across global belVita and by 5 percent in Green & Black’s chocolates

It also reduced Total Recordable Incidents by 33 percent and Total Incident Rate by 27 percent for all employees, certified 91 percent of external manufacturers and 98 percent of suppliers against theFoundation for Food Safety Certification 22000, a well-respected Global Food Safety Initiative system.

For the communities, the company allocated more than US$45 million to healthy lifestyle community partnerships, impacting the lives of 1.5 million children across 18 countries by increasing their nutrition knowledge, providing opportunities for physical activity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables.