April 29, 2014
Globally, there is growing focus on food and nutrition. The United Nations estimates food production must increase by roughly 70 percent to feed the estimated 9.6 billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2050. This group of companies has an opportunity to use our global, collective scale to play a significant role. While optimizing commodities and creating efficiency, we can strengthen local economies, provide access to affordable and healthy food and benefit the planet. The following Walmart suppliers have issued sustainability goals to address these issues.
Campbell commits to a goal of reducing GHG emissions and water use by 20 percent per ton of food for Campbell’s five key agricultural ingredients (tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes and jalapenos).
Cargill will launch the next generation of its NextField precision agriculture platform, which will have the capability to analyze hundreds of factors for farmers’ fields, giving them more precision to make agronomic decisions. By 2020 Cargill will double its NextField acres bringing them to more than 1 million acres of total land being optimized for maximum productivity with minimum environmental impact.
Farmers of America
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) will have more than 90 percent of its 9,000 member farms participating in its Gold Standard Dairy program, which focuses on resource efficiency and optimization, by 2020. This goal furthers DFA’s commitment to producing safe, quality and wholesome dairy products through integrity-based, sustainable practices.
General Mills commits to expand 2.5 times the acreage enrolled in the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture’s Field to Market sustainable agriculture initiative to 2.5 million acres by 2015. General Mills and Walmart will co-sponsor an innovation challenge with incentives for the innovators and farmers who demonstrate the most promise to reduce GHG emissions in fertilizer management.
Monsanto will safely and sustainably innovate through advanced breeding and biotechnology to introduce new plant varieties and hybrids, as well as precision and data management tools that give farmers more choices to measurably improve nitrogen use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions on at least 1 million acres by 2020.
Kellogg commits to further support rice growing communities through a new collaboration with Walmart that will help smallholder rice growers advance their practices. In every country where Kellogg sources rice globally, the company commits to promoting and supporting initiatives with growers that will, by 2020, lead to a 25 percent increase in the adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture practices. This will improve smallholder livelihoods, enhance grower resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PepsiCo commits to collaborate with Walmart to increase the utilization of sustainable farming practices including of environmental, social and economic sustainability. PepsiCo will deploy its Sustainable Farming Initiative (or equivalent plan) to 500,000 acres of farmland used by our North American agricultural suppliers by year-end 2016.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, Unilever
Today, American cities spend billions of dollars annually to send municipal solid waste, including recyclable commodities, to landfills. If those commodities were recycled, cities would save money, generate billions of dollars in revenue, create local recycling jobs, and preserve our natural resources.
This group of companies is coming together because we jointly face a system problem: recycling rates are stagnant, and we can't get enough recycled material in packaging and products.
We recognize that the solution is to ensure that all Americans have convenient access to recycling. We will launch and invest in a Closed Loop Fund – an innovative investment vehicle that will help finance projects that increase recycling. The aspirational goal is to divert valuable raw materials from landfill by helping to provide 100 percent of U.S. consumers with access to recycling where and when they need it.
We are calling the rest of our peers and competitors to join us on this journey. We will be announcing full commitments in the coming months, and we believe this goal will result in the following outcomes:
- Create economic value for cities by reducing landfill disposal fees and increasing revenue from the sale of recyclable commodities.
- Create local jobs and community engagement.
- Increase supply and use of affordable post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in consumer goods.
- Preserve our natural resources.
- Facilitate innovative private sector investment to support recycling.