Kraft Heinz Shares 2021 Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Report and 2025 Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Aspirations
Report Highlights Progress Across ESG Focus
Areas, Including Healthy Living & Community Support,
Environmental Stewardship, and Responsible Sourcing Pillars
Today, The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz” or
the “Company”) released its latest Environmental Social Governance
(“ESG”) Report along with its 2025 Diversity, Inclusion, and
Belonging (“DI&B”) Aspirations. The report highlights progress
the Company has delivered against these Aspirations and across the
Company’s three ESG pillars: Healthy Living & Community
Support, Environmental Stewardship, and Responsible Sourcing.
“Our 2021 ESG Report serves as a testament to our approximately
38,000 global employees who went above and beyond to support our
communities and each other during 2020,” said Kraft Heinz CEO
Miguel Patricio. “We are committed to holding ourselves to a higher
standard, stepping up to the plate to boldly address the
environmental and societal challenges we face today and those that
Progress Across Key ESG Focus Areas
Among the highlights of Kraft Heinz’s progress across its three
ESG pillars in 2020:
- Stepping Up to Support Communities: Kraft Heinz provided
more than $40 million in financial and product donations for
COVID-19 relief, food insecurity, and social justice causes
globally in 2020. This includes a $1 million donation to support
food programs and social justice organizations in Black
communities, including the United Negro College Fund, My Block My
Hood My City, the Second Harvest Heartland food bank in
Minneapolis, and 412 Food Rescue. Additionally, through
partnerships with organizations including Rise Against Hunger,
Heifer International, Feeding America, and Magic Breakfast, Kraft
Heinz delivered more than 200 million meals globally in 2020 and is
on track to achieving its aim of delivering 1.5 billion meals to
those in need by 2025.
- Circular Packaging Design: Kraft Heinz has made
significant progress toward meeting its aim of using 100%
recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging by 2025. Through
2020, 83% of the Company’s global packaging meets this standard.
The Company’s 2020 advances include a 100% recyclable and
compostable Maxwell House coffee pod made from plant-based
materials in Canada – and a new partnership with Loop, a waste-free
online shop, that enabled select UK customers to purchase Heinz
Tomato Ketchup bottles in refillable packaging that is collected,
cleaned, and refilled after use. After introducing Heinz Tomato
Ketchup’s first 100% recyclable cap in 2021, the Company will roll
out its first circular tomato ketchup PET bottle to the European
market in 2022.
- A Culture of Animal Welfare: In 2020, Kraft Heinz made
good on its commitment to laying hen welfare, achieving the
Company’s goal to exclusively purchase free-range eggs in Europe by
the end of the year. Globally, the Company’s supply of eggs was
sourced from 66% cage-free or better farms as of the end of 2020.
Kraft Heinz is on track to follow through on its target to source
100% cage-free eggs globally by 2025.
Recognizing the ongoing threat of climate change, Kraft Heinz
continues to address its environmental footprint. In 2020, the
Company set new and ambitious manufacturing targets for 2025. Kraft
Heinz aims to decrease water use intensity by 20% in high-risk
watershed areas and by 15% across its manufacturing facilities, and
to decrease energy use intensity by 15% and waste to landfill
intensity by 20% across its manufacturing facilities. Against 2019
baselines, the Company made significant progress towards all of
these goals in its first year of the journey. It reduced water use
intensity by 5.2% in high-risk watershed areas and 2.8% across its
facilities. The Company also reduced energy use intensity by 2.2%,
GHG intensity by 3.4%, and waste to landfill intensity by 6%.
Kraft Heinz also renewed its commitment to set a science-based
target by 2023 with the Science Based Targets initiative in
accordance with a climate change threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
As part of this commitment, Kraft Heinz also publicly disclosed the
entirety of its value chain’s GHGs, as verified by a third-party
2025 DI&B Aspirations
To enhance its long-standing commitment to a diverse and
inclusive culture and workforce, Kraft Heinz is publicly sharing
its 2025 DI&B Aspirations – including expanding the diversity
of its supplier partners. The Aspirations aim to grow the Company’s
underrepresented talent around the world and foster a more
inclusive company culture. Currently, the Kraft Heinz Executive
Leadership Team is 30% women and 80% people of color, while members
of the Company’s Board of Directors are 18% women and 36% people of
“We want the voices within our Company to reflect and represent
our consumers as we innovate our products, create our marketing,
and partner with customers and suppliers,” said Patricio.
“Amplifying our focus on diversity, inclusion, and belonging
enables us to fully realize two of our Company Values – We
demand diversity and We are consumer obsessed. Our size
and scale afford us the opportunity to have real impact.”
The Company’s 2025 DI&B Aspirations include:
- Aiming to achieve gender parity within management positions
globally by 2025, which means increasing the representation of
women in management from 37% to 50%.
- Aiming to reach demographic parity in the countries
where Kraft Heinz operates by 2025. For example, in the United
States, where more than half its employees live and work, the
Company aspires for people of color to represent 30% of the
salaried employee population by 2025. Currently, this population is
- Aspiring to foster a culture in which all employees from
all backgrounds truly feel included and feel a sense of belonging
at Kraft Heinz.
The Company is also contributing to a more inclusive economy
through a new Supplier Diversity Program, starting with U.S.
businesses that are majority-owned by people of color, women,
LGBTQ-plus individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Such certified businesses will gain access to essential skills,
tools, and networks through the program, giving them the
opportunity to become Kraft Heinz suppliers. The program initially
starts in the United States, with the goal of growing it
More information on Kraft Heinz’s progress and commitments can
be found in the 2021 ESG Report at kraftheinzcompany.com/esg.
About The Kraft Heinz Company
We are driving transformation at The Kraft Heinz Company
(Nasdaq: KHC), inspired by our Purpose, Let’s Make Life Delicious.
Consumers are at the center of everything we do. With 2020 net
sales of approximately $26 billion, we are committed to growing our
iconic and emerging food and beverage brands on a global scale. We
leverage our scale and agility to unleash the full power of Kraft
Heinz across a portfolio of six consumer-driven product platforms.
As global citizens, we’re dedicated to making a sustainable,
ethical impact while helping feed the world in healthy, responsible
ways. Learn more about our journey by visiting
www.kraftheinzcompany.com or following us on LinkedIn and
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