At Maple Leaf Foods, leading in sustainability is not only one of our core strategies, but it also represents an enterprise-wide view that encompasses every aspect of our business. We have an aggressive goal of reducing our environmental footprint by 50 per cent by 2025.
One of the greatest challenges for the agriculture industry is to meet the increasing global demand for food while dramatically decreasing the environmental footprint of food production. Agriculture accounts for approximately 25 per cent to 30 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, of which meat and dairy production represents as much as 18 per cent.
We have big, bold goals to reduce our environmental footprint. Our bold intensity (per metric tonne of production) goals are driven by the passion of our people to reduce our impact on the environment and contribute to the sustainable growth of our business. Our commitment to sustainability focuses on progress in all of these areas:
- Eliminating waste in any resources we consume – including food, energy, water, packaging and time
- Tracking our utility expenditure and environmental footprint performance
- Developing a comprehensive carbon management strategy for Maple Leaf Foods
Since our baseline year of 2014, we have further reduced our environmental footprint by:
Equivalent to emissions from 12,912 passenger vehicles driven for one year
Equivalent to emissions from 1,000 homes’ energy use for one year