Kraft Heinz this week set new corporate social responsibility targets that include improving environmental management and creating a more sustainable supply chain. The company also said it will publish its first CSR report this year.
“We’re planning to invest $200 million in ‘Growing a Better World’ through our global CSR initiatives,” Julio Quintana-Castillo, senior manager of sustainability programs at Kraft Heinz told Environmental Leader.
Kraft Heinz says the new CSR goals support the company’s vision “To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World,” and will initially focus on three areas: global hunger and malnutrition, supply chain sustainability and the environment.
Kraft Heinz said it will set responsible farm-to-market ingredient and material-sourcing policies and practices as it works to improve supply chain sustainability. Its new policy commits the company to procuring palm oil products in an ethical, transparent and sustainable manner, and only purchasing palm oil and derivatives 100 percent certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
The company says it is also actively working with its global suppliers to achieve palm oil traceability, prohibit the use of child and forced labor and protect existing forests and habitats.
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The Orangutan Conservancy hopes this forward thinking approach by Kraft Heinz is implemented quickly and becomes a model that many other large corporations adopt as well.