Company Committed to Providing 1 Billion Meals to Help Eliminate Global Hunger,Â Bolstering Animal Welfare and Palm Oil Policies, Setting Environmental GoalsÂ
PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO â€“ March 21, 2017 â€“ The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) today announced its expanded commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) through sustainability targets that protect the planet and benefit people and society at large.
The new CSR goals support the Companyâ€™s vision â€œTo Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better Worldâ€ and initially focus on three areas in which Kraft Heinz believes it can make the greatest impact: global hunger and malnutrition, supply chain sustainability and the environment.
While the commitments announced Tuesday offer a snapshot of the Companyâ€™s CSR approach, Kraft Heinz said it will publish its broader strategy later this year in tandem with its first CSR report.
â€œAs one of the worldâ€™s leading food and beverage companies, we hold ourselves to a high standard for driving social and environmental change,â€ said Bernardo Hees, Chief Executive Officer at Kraft Heinz. â€œOur global CSR strategy focuses on improving our planet, its people and the communities where we live and work, and is a critical component to our continued growth strategy.â€
- Global Hunger and Malnutrition
To make a sustainable difference in the fight to eliminate global hunger and malnutrition, Kraft Heinz will donate 1 billion nutritious meals to people in need by 2021, working in collaboration with several nonprofit organizations, including its signature philanthropic partner, Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), along with other national partners like Feeding America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Red Cross.
â€œTogether, we believe itâ€™s possible to end global hunger in our lifetime,â€ added Hees.
Central to this goal is The Kraft Heinz Company Foundationâ€™s signature program, the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign (KHMC). Launched in 2001, the KHMC supports childrenâ€™s health and development by manufacturing and donating micronutrient powders â€“ developed by Kraft Heinz food science and nutrition experts â€“ that provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that delivers food and aid to the worldâ€™s most vulnerable populations, became the KHMCâ€™s exclusive micronutrient distribution partner in 2013. Since then, Kraft Heinz has provided micronutrient powders to fortify more than 167 million hunger relief meals delivered to countries in need across the globe.
â€œWe are profoundly grateful for our partnership with Kraft Heinz and are inspired by the companyâ€™s commitment to provide 1 billion meals to people in need, which is a reflection of their dedication to nourishing lives,â€ said Rod Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Rise Against Hunger. â€œWe commend their efforts to empower communities around the globe to end hunger.â€
- Supply Chain Sustainability
Kraft Heinz is committed to creating a more sustainable supply chain by establishing responsible farm-to-market ingredient and material-sourcing policies and practices.
- Kraft Heinz recognizes that poorly managed palm oil cultivation can have adverse environmental and social impacts such as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, forced and child labor and human trafficking. Therefore, the Companyâ€™s new policy states it will procure palm oil products in an ethical, transparent and sustainable manner, and will only purchase palm oil and derivatives 100 percent certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Kraft Heinz is also actively working with its global suppliers to achieve full palm oil traceability, prohibit the use of child and forced labor and protect existing forests and habitats.
- Kraft Heinz is committed to the humane treatment of animals and prioritizes continuous improvement in animal welfare. The Companyâ€™s new policy is guided by the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, a set of core principles for animals under human care. This includes freedom from: hunger and thirst; discomfort due to the environment; pain, injury and disease; fear and distress; along with the freedom to express most normal behaviors. In support of these Five Freedoms of animal welfare, Kraft Heinz also requires its suppliers to have a zero tolerance policy for willful acts of animal abuse and neglect.
The policy also reinforces and introduces several supplier guidelines for humane sourcing, including commitments to use eggs only from hens living in cage-free and/or enriched environments and the transition away from traditional gestation stall housing for pregnant sows by 2025.
Kraft Heinz will decrease its environmental footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water and waste in its operations by 15 percent globally by 2020 (versus a 2015 baseline). Efforts are currently underway to maximize efficient energy and water consumption and reduce or divert waste at each of the 86 company-owned manufacturing plants.
â€œIntegrating sustainability across our entire business is a top priority,â€ said Michael Mullen, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at Kraft Heinz. â€œWe developed these goals based on input from consumers, customers, investors and employees, among others, and we look forward to a continued dialogue with all stakeholders about how we see our values coming to life in our business and our brands.â€
For more information on Kraft Heinz efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition, visit: http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/community-involvement.html.
For more information on sustainable business practices at Kraft Heinz or to view the new animal welfare or palm oil policies, visit:Â http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/sustainability.html.
ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Companyâ€™s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico,Â Jell-O,Â Kool-Aid,Â Lunchables,Â Maxwell House,Â Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company.Â For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.
ABOUT RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international hunger relief organization based in Raleigh, N.C., works to implement immediate and long-term solutions to hunger worldwide. With program locations in 20 U.S. cities and five international offices, Rise Against Hunger has engaged volunteers to package more than 310 million nutrient-rich meals for distribution to 74 countries around the globe. To find out more about Rise Against Hungerâ€™s efforts to end hunger worldwide, please visit www.riseagainsthungerindia.org.