Ketching Up with Kraft Heinz

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About Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz Company provides nutrition, quality, and great taste for eating occasions that occur on the go, at home, and in restaurants globally. Its brands include Kraft, Heinz, and Velveeta to name a few.  This company is the fifth-largest beverage and food company in the world.  The Kraft Heinz Company is currently implementing new processes and goals to fulfill its dedication to the health of their consumers and the planet.

It’s Science!

Without the reduction of carbon emissions, the planet could potentially exceed the global warming limit set in 2015 by the Paris Agreement this century.  In an effort to prevent this from occurring, Kraft Heinz is partnering with the Science Based Initiative to reduce the amount of emissions in its supply chain over the next two years.  Currently, Kraft Heinz is focused on the emissions that occur from its offices and factories.  The effort will eventually extend to its supply chain.  By setting emission goals with the Science Based Initiative,  Kraft Heinz will be able identify where it can make the biggest impact and provide that information to its suppliers.  A sizable number of Kraft Heinz’s peers share the same suppliers, so this movement could encourage other large companies to reduce their carbon emissions globally as well. Read what Caroline Krajewski, head of global corporate reputation at Kraft Heinz, had to say!

2025 – Looking 100%

By 2025, Kraft Heinz hopes to achieve the goal of making its packaging 100% compostable, recyclable, or reusable globally.

“Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz. “Even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet ‘home’ to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates. That’s why Kraft Heinz is placing heightened focus on this important environmental issue.”

To achieve this commitment, Kraft Heinz will partner with coalitions, organizations, and packaging experts to explore solutions for infrastructure and technical issues.  Collaboration with the Environmental Packaging International will be instrumental in this process.  Kraft Heinz will look to decrease the volume of packaging used and increase the amount of recycled content used in these processes.  The company has already exceeded its goal to reduce the weight of global packaging – which was 50,000 metric tonnes.

In 2019, Kraft Heinz will outline its timeline and strategy further in the next Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

-Chelsea Borries