GHG Emissions - February 16, 2021
Conagra Brands sets new environmental commitments
Conagra Brands, which includes Birds Eye, Duncan Hines, Healthy Choice, and other North American food brands, shared on Feb. 15 its progress toward key ESG initiatives. This includes committing to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 25% by 2030 (compared to a fiscal year 2020 baseline). In addition, Conagra committed to reducing Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services by 20% per metric tonne of material sourced within that same timeframe.
In a statement, Conagra shared more about its efforts to nourish people, the planet, and communities in its 2020 Citizenship Report including:
- Announcing approximately 84% of packaging materials by volume were renewable, recyclable, or compostable: To combat the growing issue of waste from plastic packaging, Conagra made meaningful progress on its goal to make 100% of its current plastic packaging renewable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
- Partnering with U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action to help develop the Decade of Ag Vision: Conagra contributed to the Vision through its Birds Eye Good Agricultural Practices Program, focused on climate-smart agriculture practices that support soil health, conserve water, and protect biodiversity and bee populations.
- Donating 30 million pounds of food to Feeding America and its network of food banks, which is the equivalent of 25 million meals: Conagra continued its longstanding partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief nonprofit, to impact hunger and food insecurity where its employees live and work.
- Responding to the pandemic: In response to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Conagra's facilities continued to operate with safety top-of-mind to meet the needs of employees, consumers and communities.
- Setting 2025 diversity and inclusion targets: To underscore its focus on diversity and inclusion, Conagra set ambitious representation and retention goals, including doubling the representation of people of color in management and middle-management roles and having at least 40% of management-level roles held by women within the next five years.
In addition, the report includes supplementary ESG data addressing elements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) frameworks, and CDP disclosures related to climate change, water stress, and deforestation.