Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Goodman Fielder’s ambitious sustainability goals

Food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has  launched ‘Better Together’, an ambitious new sustainability strategy. It is designed to help embed sustainability across the company’s business, culture, brands and products.

Developed to support global efforts to deliver the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ‘Better Together’ strategy highlights nine progressive new sustainability goals:

  1. Net zero emissions by 2040.
  2. 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.
  3. Meaningfully improve the nutritional value of its product by 2025.
  4. 100% sustainable packaging materials by 2030.
  5. 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
  6. Reach 40m with our sustainability message by 2030.
  7. Halve food waste by 2030.
  8. 100% sustainably sourced ingredients by 2030.
  9. Develop a diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous recognition plan in 2021.

Goodman Fielder Australia Joint Managing Director Kinda Grange says the company is committed to using its extensive reach as a force for good.

“By driving progress against our four key focus areas of better products, better planet, better business and better communities, this strategy will provide us with a pathway to living our purpose and ensuring food is a force for good

In order to meet the new goals, this year Goodman Fielder will:

  • Move to 100% renewable electricity in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Improve the Health Star rating of 35 million loaves of bread.
  • Replace 100 tonnes of virgin plastic with recycled content.
  • Coordinate a soft plastic recycling campaign with over 1,000 schools in Australia.
  • Eliminate PVC from retail packaging across Australia and New Zealand.

‘Better Together’  also showcases some of Goodman Fielders’ recent sustainability achievements. In the past 18 months the company has reduced food waste in its bakeries by up to 90%, donated over 1.5 million meals annually, helped its customers recover 240 tonnes of food waste each month and reached 280,000 households with its Pampas ‘re-pie-cling’ cookbook with ideas for upcycling leftovers.

2020 also saw Goodman Fielder deliver a lighting replacement program and generate its first 1000MWh of solar electricity. Meanwhile in the sustainable packaging space, Goodman Fielder has replaced 100 tonnes of problematic PVC with PET (including 30% recycled content) and removed 185 tonnes of plastic and 100 tonnes of cardboard from its packaging.

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