April 6, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra Foods, Inc.–one of N.A.’s leading food makers–has announced five aggressive sustainability goals to be achieved by 2015.
The goals build on the company’s sustainability accomplishments, which began in a company-wide fashion in 1992 with the ConAgra Foods Sustainable Development Awards program. This is the first time ConAgra Foods has set company-wide sustainability goals.
"Because our food is part of the lives of millions of consumers each day, ConAgra Foods has a critical responsibility to create positive environmental change. We can do that by making our food–such as Healthy Choice meals, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and Hunt’s tomatoes–in the most sustainable and efficient way possible," said Gary Rodkin, ConAgra Foods’ chief executive officer. "We’ve set these new transparent sustainability goals to ensure we are a leader in continuously improving the way we make food, and to continue to create more awareness for what others can do to improve as well."
Since 2007, ConAgra Foods has measured distinct sustainability projects that have reduced carbon emissions by more than 25,000 metric tonnes, eliminated 4,000 tons of landfill waste and 7,000 tons of packaging materials, and conserved 348 million gallons of water.
In regard to ConAgra Foods’ new sustainability goals, results will be made publicly available in August of each year through the ConAgra Foods Corporate Responsibility Report published at www.conagrafoods.com/corporateresponsibility.