Kerry said it will achieve this by enhancing and expanding its solutions portfolio across the nutrition spectrum. The goal was announced as part of the group’s new sustainability strategy, Beyond the Horizon, along with a new brand identity that reflects Kerry’s evolution as it meets the changing needs of customers and consumers.
Kerry said it has developed a framework to track progress towards achieving its goal of reaching 2bn people with sustainable nutrition solutions that assesses its entire portfolio against a range of nutritional criteria.
Through the group’s Beyond the Horizon strategy, Kerry said it will enhance and expand its solutions to create better food and beverages with its customers and industry partners.
Edmond Scanlon, CEO of Kerry Group, said, “The food industry plays a crucial role in society and has long recognized the need to transform to meet conflicting challenges such as obesity, malnutrition and food waste, all while facing a growing pressure on resources. Supplying the right nutrition, in the right quantities, in the right way, is how we will collectively solve this challenge.
“Kerry’s vision is to become our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. This vision is underpinned by our industry-leading capabilities and global scale which is leading to significant opportunities across the globe. In recent times we have seen a step change in customer innovation and we will continue to play a leading role in responding to the global nutritional and environmental challenges and changing consumer demand by co-creating with our customers right across the nutrition spectrum over the coming decade. Beyond the Horizon, our 2030 sustainability strategy, will help consumers eat better, improve our local communities and reduce the environmental impact, while also meeting both Kerry’s and our customers’ goals.”
Beyond the Horizon includes sustainability targets that address key impacts by 2030 in the areas of nutrition and health, emissions, energy, circular economy, raw materials, and social impact.
These objectives include: Reaching more than 2bn people with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030; reducing operational emissions by 33% by 2030 reaching net zero before 2050, and reducing emission intensity of the supply chain by 30% by 2030; ensuring all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025; halving food waste by 2030 and diverting all waste from landfill; sustainably sourcing all priority raw materials by 2030; and improving diversity while continuing to foster a healthy and inclusive workplace.
Juan Aguiriano, head of sustainability for Kerry Group, said, “As part of Beyond the Horizon, we are setting science-based climate targets that will see us reduce our emissions across our operations and supply chains as we work towards net zero emissions. We are supporting a more circular approach on plastics and waste with a target for all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 and we will ensure that all our priority raw materials are sustainably sourced by the end of the decade.
“Together, our commitments will create a world of sustainable nutrition, contributing to the ambition articulated across the UN Sustainable Development Goals to help both the planet and society thrive. We understand that this is not a journey we can undertake alone, and we are committed to working with our customers to co-create and innovate for more sustainable consumer diets.”