Campbell Unveils 2020 Sustainability and Citizenship Goals

Posted by Josette Dunn on 5th May 2010

Campbell Soup Company today announced four sustainability and corporate citizenship goals, including goals to reduce childhood obesity and water consumption. The company described these and other plans in its 2010 corporate social responsibility report.

The report, Nourishing: Consumers Neighbors Employees Planet, describes Campbell’s strategies, policies and programs that will help drive the company toward four comprehensive goals by 2020.

“For Campbell, conducting business in a socially responsible way is mission critical,” said Douglas R. Conant, President and CEO. “In 2009 we established a corporate strategy to advance a powerful commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility in everything we do. In this report, we have defined four long-term destination goals that will clarify our purpose, promote strategic alignment across our organization and deliver measureable results.”

Over the next decade, Campbell will pursue the following four goals:

* Nourishing Our Planet – Reduce the environmental footprint of our product portfolio in half, as measured by water use and CO2 emissions per product produced. In 2008, Campbell used 9.35 cubic ft. of water and 0.308 tonnes of CO2 used per tonne of food produced. Over the past year Campbell reduced water in food production by more than 9 percent and invested more than $6 million in environmental sustainability projects.

* Nourishing Our Neighbors – Measurably improve the health of young people in our hometown communities by reducing hunger and childhood obesity by 50 percent. Over the next decade, Campbell will work closely with organizations like the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Feeding America to address these related issues in Camden, N.J., as well as other communities where the company has a meaningful presence.

* Nourishing Our Employees – Achieve 100 percent employee engagement in CSR and sustainability.

* Nourishing Our Consumers – Continue to advance the nutrition and wellness profile of Campbell’s product portfolio, especially through the continued reduction of sodium in soups, sauces, beverages and bakery items. Campbell will continue to build on a base of more than 45 soups, sauces, beverages and pastas that deliver a full serving of vegetables (1/2 cup).

Campbell issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility report in 2008. Since then, the company has made significant progress, including:

* Eliminated millions of pounds of packaging, optimized shipping routes, and advanced energy-saving capital projects that have reduced waste and greenhouse gas emissions while saving water, energy and money.

* Offered 90 soups at healthy sodium levels (480mg/serving).

Campbell has been widely recognized for its corporate social responsibility efforts since publishing its 2008 Report. The company has been added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List by Corporate Responsibility magazine, ranked second in 2008 and ninth in 2009 for Best Corporate Reputation by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Reputation Institute, named to the list of 2010 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine and named a Catalyst Award winner in 2010.