Growing a
Better World

Sustainable Business Practices

From our quality controls to the relationships we have with our growers and suppliers, we are committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business.

2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Our Vision at Kraft Heinz is To Be The Best Food Company, Growing A Better World. We believe “Growing A Better World” means working to improve our planet, its people and the communities where we work and live.

When Kraft Heinz was formed in 2015, we prioritized corporate citizenship and sustainability efforts. We began with stakeholder engagement and a materiality analysis, and leveraged our findings to focus on high-priority issues in areas where we can make the greatest impact.

Our goal is to build trust among our Company’s broad set of stakeholders by promoting socially responsible practices across our supply chain, setting aggressive environmental goals, improving the products we sell and making impactful advancements in communities – all with a commitment to transparency and two-way dialogue.

We invite you to view our CSR strategy and progress in more detail.

The Environment

We have implemented a universal process to achieve our sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, solid landfill waste and water consumption. From our 2015 baseline, we have pledged to achieve the following in our manufacturing facilities by 2020:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15%
  • Reduce energy consumption by 15%
  • Reduce water consumption by 15%
  • Reduce solid waste sent to landfill by 15%

In our factories, our sustainability process drives decreased energy consumption by installing new technologies and more efficient equipment while optimizing business and manufacturing processes. Kraft Heinz also works with experts in the energy sector to assess facilities and identify potential energy-saving projects. The objective of these efforts is to identify and initiate opportunities to improve energy efficiency, which in turn can directly and indirectly help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We recognize that using less energy is not only better for the environment, it is smart business because it can help mitigate the financial impact of rising energy costs.

Every stage of our operations presents an opportunity to eliminate waste. We have been focused on finding ways to reduce, reuse or recycle to divert solid waste from landfills.

Water is a vital resource for all Company operations worldwide. It is needed to grow tomatoes and many other crops key to our business. It is a crucial resource for the manufacturing process. We have implemented water conservation measures and evaluations globally to protect one of our earth’s most precious resources. We conserve water across a wide range of actions extending from recycling water and installing new technologies to upgrading water treatment plants.

Kraft Heinz also recognizes that our growers and our manufacturing operations impact the plant and the consumption of water and energy. We encourage the adoption of drip irrigation, for example, in tomato growing because it delivers the precise amount of water the crop needs, when it needs it, where it needs it, thus minimizing irrigation waste.

The Environment

Palm Oil

Given its efficiency and versatility, global demand for palm oil has more than doubled in the last ten years, and this exceptional growth has brought economic and employment benefits for millions of palm oil producers. However, it has also elevated unprecedented threats to the forests, wildlife and people in areas where the crop is grown, and we share the industry’s collective concern around these social and environmental risks.

To ensure our purchases do not contribute to deforestation, loss of biodiversity or social issues such as forced and child labor and human trafficking, Kraft Heinz seeks to procure palm oil products in an ethical, transparent, responsible and sustainable manner. Although we use only a small amount of palm oil globally, we are committed to ensuring that 100 percent of our palm oil is sourced according to responsible and sustainable practices.

We are committed to achieving a traceable and transparent supply chain, and are actively working with our suppliers to achieve traceability on the palm oil we source while ensuring the palm oil used in our products is grown according to the following principles:

  • No deforestation
  • No destruction of primary, high carbon stock or high conservation value forests
  • No fire use in plantation operations
  • No new development on peat lands regardless of depth
  • Best management practices for existing operations on peat
  • Compliance with national and local laws and regulations and international labor and human rights laws
  • Absolutely no forced labor, child labor and/or human trafficking
  • Takes place on legally-held land
  • Respects land tenure rights
  • Meets the Kraft Heinz supplier code of conduct

Kraft Heinz is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and has recently partnered with the Rainforest Alliance – an international nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods – to support us in the implementation of our sustainable palm oil sourcing policy.

Click here (PDF) to view the Kraft Heinz policy in its entirety.

Palm Oil

Animal Welfare

At Kraft Heinz, we believe it’s important for consumers to feel good about the products they buy from us. Like many of you, we care about the wellbeing of animals raised for food, and will always prioritize their humane treatment. Although we do not own and operate farms, we expect our suppliers to adhere to certain standards and treat animals with care, understanding and respect.

Our animal welfare policy is guided by the Five Freedoms of animal welfare, and we expect all suppliers to implement practices and pursue continuous improvement consistent with these Five Freedoms:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort due to the environment
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  • Freedom to express normal behavior for the species
  • Freedom from fear and distress

In support of the Five Freedoms of animal welfare, we require our suppliers to have a zero tolerance policy for willful acts of animal abuse and neglect. Abuse of animals is illegal and we expect our suppliers to treat it as such.

We are committed to continually assessing and expanding our animal welfare efforts and identifying opportunities to improve. We know there is growing interest in the way production animals are raised, and consumers are concerned whether current practices match their values and expectations. To help consumers, we will be transparent about practices within our supply chain and report on progress made toward our commitments.

Click here (PDF) to view the Kraft Heinz policy in its entirety.

Animal Welfare

Community Involvement

The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. Through partnerships with Rise Against Hunger and Feeding America, we have provided more than 2 billion servings of food to those in need.

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