The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today published its first Climate Change Booklet, which details the new business practices employed by members in order to address climate change.
The CGF hopes the booklet – which covers companies such as Danone, Nestlé, Marks & Spencer and Unilever – will help inspire others to take up the baton.
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‘The time for talk is over’
Each of the 18 real-life examples includes insight from the respective company’s CEO, as well as details about their business actions and the key figures that support their progress.
‘The climate challenge is one we all need to take up. The time for talk is over. If global temperatures increase more than 2°C, the consumer industry – like everyone else – will face increased business risks, disruption of supply chains, volatility of commodity prices and increased operational costs.
‘Our retailer and manufacturer members know this, and this booklet showcases how some of them are working individually and collectively to drive positive change globally.’
Peter Freedman, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum
In its Nature 2020 plan, Danone set ambitious targets to fight climate change by reducing Danone’s footprint and helping nature sequester more carbon.
Danone committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 50% between 2008 and 2020. So far, Danone has reduced its emissions by 42% since 2008 (organic reduction) and has successfully ‘decoupled’ its carbon emissions and the volume growth.
Through its forest footprint policy, Danone has engaged in a journey to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020.
To help Nature capture more carbon, Danone set up the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, which should sequester 8 million tons of carbon over 20 years.
‘At Danone, because we believe that healthy food can only come from healthy nature and that the energy and raw materials that we consume change the nature of our planet, we continue our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. We believe in the power of the solutions that arise from co-creation processes with the communities that surround us.’
Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s Chief Executive Officer
Nestlé committed to reducing its direct greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product by 35% (since 2005) by 2015. The company has smashed its target and reduced direct greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product by 40% since 2005, achieving an absolute reduction of 11.4%.
By the end of 2014, Nestlé had phased out 92% of the industrial refrigerants in its industrial refrigeration systems, replacing them with natural refrigerants which don’t harm the ozone layer and have a negligible impact on climate change.
‘We commit to set science-based GHG emissions reduction targets and to focus on climate change adaptation because this is fully aligned with our own explicit commitments, which reflect our respect for society in which we operate, respect for the environment and respect for future generations.’
Paul Bulcke, Nestlé’s Chief Executive Officer