Global Sustainability

Heinz global sustainability goals

From sustainable agriculture and energy-efficient manufacturing processes to eco-friendly packaging initiatives, Heinz is proving that good business is compatible with environmental stewardship.

In factory after factory, a transformation is underway to improve sustainability measures and reduce operating costs by installing more efficient equipment, modernising business processes and implementing new technologies.

We are focused on these key environmental areas:

  • Lowering GHG emissions, including those related to agriculture and the transportation of goods, while increasing awareness programmes for employees to implement at home and at work
  • Reducing waste through packaging innovation and recycling
  • Conserving water
  • Improving energy efficiency

Our primary focus is to achieve an overall 20% reduction in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions compared to a baseline year of 2005 by 2015.  Through the implementation of various initiatives our greenhouse gas emissions have already decreased by approximately 13.4%.

Our commitment to protecting the global environment accelerated with our formal announcement of Company-wide sustainability goals in May 2008 as shown below:

The company's sustainability goals include:

Energy consumption

20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through improved
operational efficiency

Renewable energy

15% increase in usage of renewable energy sources, including solar, biomass and biogas

Water

20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through reuse and improved sanitation techniques

Solid waste

20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through increased recycling and reuse of waste

Packaging

15% absolute reduction by the introduction of alternative packaging materials and reduction of existing packaging use for various brands and containers

Agriculture

15% reduction of carbon footprint, 15% reduction of water usage and improvement of tomato crop yields by 5% through use of hybrid tomato seeds that require fewer inputs such as water, fertilizer, pesticides and fuel to harvest

Transportation

10% reduction of fuel consumption (e.g., diesel fuel) through improved efficiency of product distribution network

Employees

Implementation of programs encouraging employee engagement through an awareness and voluntary personal sustainability campaign.

To find out how we're progressing against our goals please visit our 2014 CSR report.