Conagra Brands Named Top-Ranked U.S. Company in Sustainable Protein Research and Innovation

The FAIRR Initiative, an investor network that defines material ESG issues, has recognized Conagra for addressing risks in its animal protein supply chain and its expanded plant-based protein portfolio.

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Conagra Brands has been named a “pioneer” and the top-ranked U.S. company on sustainable protein research and innovation by The FAIRR Initiative, an investor network that defines material ESG issues in the animal agriculture sector to help inform investment decisions. FAIRR’s sustainable proteins engagement report, “Appetite for Disruption: A Final Serving,” is supported by more than 100 investors with combined assets of nearly $18 trillion.

The report ranks Conagra as a “pioneer,” because the company has demonstrated evidence of addressing risks in its animal protein supply chain and its expanded plant-based protein portfolio. Conagra’s continued focus on innovation through its Gardein brand of plant-based products is one strategy to source more lower-carbon footprint proteins.

These efforts support progress on Conagra’s ambitious, science-based climate change target to reduce the carbon intensity of Conagra-sourced goods and services by 20% by 2030, complementing efforts to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions of owned manufacturing operations by 25% over the same timeframe.


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“We recognize the importance that plant-based proteins play in building climate-smart future food systems,” says Katya Hantel, senior director of sustainability at Conagra Brands. “As an industry leader in plant-based protein innovation, we are well positioned to meet the needs of investors, customers, and consumers who are calling for more sustainable foods.”

Conagra Brands, headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America’s leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the company has a sharpened focus on innovation.

For more information on Conagra’s approach to plant-based protein innovation and efforts to act on climate change, please see the company’s Citizenship Report. 


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