USA – Mondelēz International has announced a renewed commitment to reduce environmental impact and drive sustainable growth at scale, by joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The global snacking and confectioneries company has also set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets consistent with requirements to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.

While Mondelēz says that it is already on track to reduce emissions across its manufacturing operations by 15 percent by the end of 2020, this expanded commitment will result in a further 10 percent emissions reduction across its value chain by 2025, compared to a 2018 baseline.

The announcement follows Mondelēz International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Van de Put’s signing of the Unites for Paris Agreement in December 2019.

“We take climate change very seriously because of the negative impact it has on people and planet, including within our own value chain,” said Van de Put. 

“Our sustainable snacking strategy puts us at the forefront of sustainable ingredient sourcing and continues our contribution to addressing climate change by reducing emissions.

“Setting science-based targets is an important step forward in further reducing our environmental impact, an imperative for sustainable growth as we live our purpose to empower people to snack right.”

As part of the company’s 2025 sustainability goals, the confectioner has committed to making snacks with less energy, water and waste while reducing absolute CO2 emissions and addressing deforestation in key raw material supply chains. 

Mondelēz says that these goals are designed to address climate change in a meaningful way and are based on an end-to-end, science-based approach to reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

The company added that the science-based approach goes beyond the its owned operations (Scopes 1 and 2) and now includes the end-to-end carbon footprint (Scope 3).

This will expand to include operations outside of the company’s direct control such as farms producing raw materials and the production, use and disposal of packaging materials.

Christine Montenegro McGrath, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Impact at Mondelēz International says:  

“This new commitment addresses end-to-end greenhouse gas emissions reductions which include indirect emissions across the value chain and beyond the company’s direct control. 

“This announcement is another indication of our company’s commitment to sustainable growth at scale alongside enhanced disclosure and reporting of progress in an effort to deliver meaningful change.”

Mondelēz International said that it issue its 2019 Snacking Made Right report, which will include progress toward its sustainability goals, later this year.