Del Monte Foods has published its fiscal year 2021 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward its sustainability goals and reaffirming the company’s mission to nourish families with earth’s goodness to create a healthier tomorrow where nutritious foods are more accessible to all. The report was informed by a 2020 Materiality assessment, as well as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index.
Sustainability highlights of the report include:
- Decreasing Scope 1 carbon emissions by 7% and Scope 2 carbon emissions by 32%
- Advancing practices that protect biodiversity, including a roughly 18% increase in the number of acres that grow cover crops, resulting in nearly all of the company’s vegetable growers adopting this practice
- Starting trials on two new plant-based plastic alternatives while expanding recyclable packaging to roughly 96%
- Diverting more than 10 million pounds of small peach cuts from going to landfill, packaged and distributed in partnership with Feeding America to those facing food insecurity
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“At Del Monte, we’re growers of good. This past fiscal year, we extended this ethos not only to growing what’s good, but also to taking care of what’s good: our team members, our growers, our customers, and our communities,” says Greg Longstreet, president and CEO of Del Monte Foods. “Corporations are being called upon to meet the many challenges facing society today, and we’re in a unique position to lead by example through our business operations, prioritizing practices that help nourish our planet and ensure that all people are able to access the nutrition they need to live healthy, happy lives. We’ve set ambitious goals to reach by 2025, and while there’s still work to be done, I’m proud of our progress and resolute in achieving our objectives.”