Supporting a Healthier Planet

Our Commitment: Contribute to  creating a healthier planet for future generations.

Our Approach: Deliver a more sustainable approach to our operations and value chain through a focus on climate action, natural resource stewardship and responsible sourcing & packaging.

Environmental Efforts with Solar Power

Bringing Our Promise to Life

Environmental stewardship has always been part of our heritage and today is a key consideration in virtually every aspect of our operations. To drive results across the entire organization–from our large-scale operations to how we do business in our offices and manufacturing facilities each day–we established environmental sustainability goals. Thanks to the commitment of our employees and business partners, we are proud to be on pace to exceed our 2020 environmental impact goals and are in the process of finalizing our new goals, which include previously shared commitments around packaging.  

Waste Diversion

Thoughtfully managing the by-products from our operations is the first step in establishing a responsible process for reducing our waste. We have many waste management activities underway at each of our locations to help limit waste to landfill. The waste we do create is managed through robust reuse, recycling, animal feed and composting programs at all Smucker locations.

Key Programs

  • Grind2Energy Corporate Dining Program
  • Recyclable Materials
  • TRUE Zero Waste Facility Certifications

Water Use Reduction

Dedicated to water stewardship, Smucker is not only focused on responsible use of this important resource, but also in finding ways to return what water we can to the environment. We carefully review both the quantity of water we use and the quality of the water we output.

We coordinate regular third-party water assessments to help understand how we are using water and what opportunities exist for efficiencies and re-use. 

Key Programs

  • Third-Party Water Assessments
  • Facility Improvements

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

With the understanding that fossil fuels have a limited lifetime, we are dedicated to a low carbon energy state. Nearly 97% of our greenhouse gas emissions result from electricity, natural gas and steam sources. We continue to focus specifically on utility consumption reduction opportunities and responsible energy management.

We are evaluating our largest sites, which combined account for more than 80% of our GHG emissions, with a third-party to determine opportunities for improvement. Through this data-driven process, each facility will be able to identify opportunities to save energy thus decreasing energy, emissions and cost.

In addition to our operational efforts, we have entered into a virtual power purchase agreement (“vPPA”) to increase the amount of renewable energy we contribute to the nation’s electrical grid. This long-term power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy will provide for 60 megawatts (MW) of the utility-scale 230 MW Plum Creek Wind Project in Wayne County, Nebraska. Starting in 2020, the wind farm will annually produce enough renewable wind energy certificates to match 50 percent of our total electricity usage.

Key Programs

  • Data-Driven Energy Optimization
  • Virtual Power Purchase Agreement
  • Renewable Energy Sources

Packaging Sustainability

In 2020, we introduced packaging sustainability goals that aim to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging. Our packaging goals are based on the following three principles: Support Recycling, Source Sustainably and Optimize Design. Packaging must meet the requirements of Compliance, Performance and Consumer Preference.

  • Compliance refers to applicable food safety criteria and regulations;
  • Performance requires meeting standards for suitability, durability, freshness and technical feasibility; and
  • Consumer Preference requires packaging to delight consumers, meet value expectations and communicate end of life treatment.

Action plans target data collection, portfolio review, packaging supplier engagement and industry collaboration.

 

 

How We're Tracking

Landfill Diversion

Landfill Diversion

96% of total waste

Goal: 95% by 12/31/20

Water Use Intensity

Water Use Intensity

18.8% reduction versus 2014

Goal: 15% by 12/31/20

GHG Emissions Intensity

GHG Emissions Intensity

12.9% reduction versus 2014

Goal: 10% by 12/31/20

Packaging Materials Sustainability

Packaging Materials Sustainability

Goal: Strive for 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging materials by 2025

Announced February 2020

Packaging Recyclability

Packaging Recyclability

Goal: Make How2Reycle information available for all packaging by 2025

Announced February 2020

Fiber-based Packaging

Fiber-based Packaging

Goal: Ensure 100% of fiber-based packaging is from recycled and/or certified sources by 2025

Announced February 2020

Plastic Packaging Materials

Plastic Packaging Materials

Goal: Strive to use 30% post-consumer recycled or renewable resource materials in plastic packaging by 2030

Announced February 2020

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Key Partners