Jul 18, 2021

Gerber's organic products will be carbon neutral by 2035

Sustainability
Gerber
CarbonNeutral
ESG
Helen Adams
2 min
Gerber organic
Gerber commits to carbon neutrality for organic products in 2035, as part of its climate forward ambition for cleaner, healthier products

Early childhood nutrition leader Gerber has announced its commitment to carbon neutrality across its baby food portfolio by 2035.

Gerber is the first U.S. company to announce its commitment to produce carbon neutral baby food products. The company was founded in 1927, Michigan, USA and has a revenue of $235m. 

 

Gerber will reach carbon neutrality through sustainable supply chain management offsetting projects

Key initiatives in Gerber’s sustainability and carbon neutrality roadmap include: 

  • Optimising energy use and sourcing 100% renewable electricity for our own manufacturing facilities and distribution centers by 2025
  • Progressing our ambition to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and continuing to reduce or eliminate unnecessary packaging material where possible.  
  • Assessing environmental impact as part of all new product innovations and introducing more products with plant-based protein across Gerber’s Baby Food portfolio. 
  • Planting one million trees in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and One Tree Planted in U.S. National Forests across 10 states.  

 

Gerber’s ESG and carbon neutral moves are good for baby and the planet

Earlier this year, Gerber embarked on an unusual ESG move, by appointing its first Chief Growing Officer: Zane Kahin from Florida, aged five months. The role of CGO is to represent every Gerber baby and serve as a reminder for the company in why they do what they do.

“For generations, Gerber has been committed to doing anything for baby, including taking action to help protect the planet, so babies can grow and thrive for years to come”, said Tarun Malkani, President and CEO at Gerber. “The commitment we make today is the start of the next chapter in elevating the choices we give parents who are seeking food that is good for baby and good for the planet, harnessing the next generation of regenerative farming and sustainable business practices. Our commitment to carbon neutrality is an important step in our climate journey, which will continue beyond 2035.” 

 

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Jul 26, 2021

Jacobs amplifies sustainability practices with PlanBeyond 2

Sustainability
Jacobs
ESG
Technology
Helen Adams
2 min
SDGs
Civil engineering company Jacobs integrates Sustainable Development Goals

Civil engineering group, Jacobs, is reinforcing environmental, social and governance (ESG) alignment across the business, through the implementation of a new global approach, PlanBeyondSM 2.0. This will propel the integration of sustainability throughout operations and client solutions.

Jacobs provides consulting and project delivery, for both the government and the private sector. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has a revenue of US$13bn. 

With the launch of PlanBeyond 2.0, sustainability will be even more deeply integrated into Jacobs' global workforce. PlanBeyond 2.0 continues Jacobs' commitment to embed sustainability across all solutions — with accelerated investment in ESG growth sectors including energy transition, sectoral decarbonisation, environmental stewardship, health and social value.  

 

Jacobs aims to hit its sustainability targets

In 2015, the United Nations set up the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, targets agreed to by all United Nations Member States to end poverty, support the environment and create social wellbeing. 

Jacobs believes that all 17 of the goals are interconnected. Through stakeholder engagement and assessment, Jacobs has identified six core SDGs, which have been turned into business objectives:

  • To advance the health and wellbeing of society
  • Deliver solutions for the global water and sanitation crisis
  • Foster a culture of technology and innovation 
  • Create a fair and inclusive future for all
  • Develop efficient solutions that deliver net environmental and societal gain
  • Address the climate emergency

 

Jacobs’ employees will expand their understanding of sustainability

Additionally, Jacobs will educate and empower its employees across the company by increasing their knowledge of sustainability, so that all client solutions across its global markets can be designed to contribute toward a resilient future. Employees will:

  • Have access to training courses 
  • Be offered project tools to reinforce sustainability plans and targets
  • Be introduced to climate risk and resilience practices

 

"As a purpose-led company, we recognise that our biggest opportunity to positively address climate change and societal inequalities comes from the solutions we provide our clients — from the world's largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and sustainable design", said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs Chair and CEO. "We consider it not only good business, but our obligation to channel our expansive capabilities in resilient infrastructure, regenerative design, clean water, green energy and social value toward benefitting people and the planet, while continuing to outperform and drive superior stakeholder value."

Sustainability at Jacobs means ‘Pursuing long-term business resilience and success while positively contributing toward the economy, society and the environment’ - this can’t be done without the Jacobs team understanding why sustainability is so important and achievable.

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