Sustainable Operations - Our 2020 Goals

The manufacturing stage of our value chain represents about a third of our total carbon footprint from cradle-to-customer. Still, it is here we exert the greatest degree of control. We focus on our environmental footprint related to greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste, social and ethical standards in our manufacturing sites and relevant packaging and transport projects. Our main goals are listed below.

  • Target elimination of coal as a source of combustion at all sites and increase share of renewable energy to 20% of total energy use.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions with 20% per revenue vs 2010.
  • Reduce water consumption with 20% per revenue vs 2010 and establish water mitigation plans at high water risk sites.
  • Less than 10% waste to landfill or to incineration without energy recovery.
  • 10 projects on packaging, transport, and Contract Manufacturing that reduce impacts significantly.
  • Implement ISO 14001 management systems at all manufacturing sites.
  • Complete SEDEX/SMETA audits at all manufacturing sites in scope.

Reducing our Footprint

The majority of our operational goals are focused on our environmental footprint. As a global company, we have a manufacturing presence in more than 25 countries. Throughout our facilities, we are increasingly applying environmental management systems. All sites track environmental data in several categories, for assessment on a site and business level. 

Energy Projects

As a result, we can count on a steady stream of energy projects, both resulting in continuous improvements and step-changes in efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions and increase of renewable energy consumption. Read more in our yearly CDP climate change submission.

Water Consumption

Another crucial category is water consumption, which requires a more regional approach. Fresh water is critical for many day-to-day activities. The UN estimates that by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. We are working to understand and reduce our impact.

In quantitative terms, our goal is to reduce our water consumption with 20% by 2020. Our focus is sites that use the highest volumes of water, but we also consider the location as some locations have a higher water risk than others. To understand the water risk, we use both the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Global Water Tool and the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Modeling Tool.

How Else We Measure Our Progress

The majority of our sites are certified against ISO 14001* (International Standard for Environmental Management Systems). Read more about this standard here

Some sites also went through a GreenCircle Waste diversion from landfill audit, which indicates the percentage of site waste that does not go to landfill or another unsustainable form of waste processing (i.e. incineration without energy recovery). Two of our sites received the Zero waste to landfill score! Our read more about GreenCircle Certified here

Last, third party auditors conduct ethical audits at our manufacturing sites. We share the audit results with customers through our SEDEX account. Audits focus on topics related to Labor practices, Health and Safety, Business Ethics and Environmental management. Read more about SEDEX here. The company reference number of Nutrition & Biosciences is ZC1093050.

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