Mondelez’s ESG approach is “distinctive” in its focus and execution

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CHICAGO—As it accelerates its ambition to build a sustainable snacking business, Mondelez International, Inc. remains focused on areas where it can have the greatest impact, including cocoa and wheat, said Dirk Van de Put. , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Van de Put’s comments were part of Mondelez’s 83-page “Snacking Made Right” ESG report released on June 6. The report highlights the company’s progress toward achieving its 2025 sustainable and mindful snacking goals.

“Our approach to our ESG priorities remains distinctive in both direction and execution,” said Van de Put. “Since the beginning of our business, we have incorporated a sustainability mindset into our strategy for long-term business growth, while continuing to create value and make our business more resilient. In 2021, we continued to make great progress against our ESG priorities, while relentlessly focusing on our purpose. »

The company said 17% of global snacks net revenue came from portion-controlled snacks in 2021, up from 16% in 2020 and on track to reach 20% of revenue by 2025. Meanwhile, 18% of its products featured the Mindful Snacking: Snack Mindfully portion icon in 2021, up from 14% in 2020. Mondelez said it was “on track” to have the icon placed on all packs by 2025.

“As part of our ambition to provide more options and help people snack consciously, we continue to reduce the amount of saturated fat and sodium in our best-selling global brands and local jewelry” , said Mondelez. “We’re also launching new products and line extensions with less saturated fat and salt without sacrificing the quality, flavor or texture people have come to trust and love in our brands.”

Mondelez said it launched a Mindful snacking web app pilot in the United States in 2021, designed to provide 30 days of mindful snacking advice, micro-actions and community building as part of a program of change in consumer behavior.

Sourcing four ingredients – cocoa, wheat, dairy and palm oil – is Mondelez’s largest contribution to its end-to-end carbon emissions. In 2021, the company said it made progress in advancing its sustainability agenda through ingredients.

Specific milestones the company achieved in 2021 included:

• 75% cocoa volume for chocolate brands from the company’s signature sustainable sourcing program, Cocoa Life (up 7 percentage points from 2020). The company plans to scale Cocoa Life to source 100% cocoa volume for chocolate by 2025.

• 91% of wheat for biscuit brands in Europe from sustainable sources through the company’s Harmony Wheat program (up 15 percentage points from 2020). The company’s goal is to scale Harmony Wheat to source 100% wheat for cookies in Europe by 2022.

• 39% of cage-free eggs in the world (excluding Russia and Ukraine). The company’s goal is to be 100% cage-free by 2025.

• Maintaining the RSPO’s 100% palm oil target (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Goal).

Mondelez has set itself a 2021 goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

“Over the past few years, we have worked with the Science Based Targets initiative to reduce our carbon footprint and with our net zero goal, we are accelerating our efforts to create a more sustainable snacking business,” Mondelez said. “We are transforming the way we do business across our operations and with the suppliers and farmers we work with, from researching improved cocoa growing practices in West Africa to promoting of regenerative agriculture in the wheat fields of the Midwestern United States. »

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