Arnott’s Group, based in Sydney, has released its first formal Sustainability Statement, setting its sustainability agenda in the lead up to World Environment Day.
The Sustainability Statement outlines the Arnott’s sustainability roadmap, placing the issue at the centre of its business strategy and purpose. It aims to shrink the environmental impact of operations and support the communities in which Arnott’s operates, particularly as the business grows.
A focus on sustainability is part of Arnott’s business transformation, led by chief transformation officer Simon Lowden.
“It’s timely that we set this direction for the business in the lead up to the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment,” Lowden said.
“The global food system is responsible for creating a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. A more sustainable food system is vital for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
“At Arnott’s Group we recognise that to build a more sustainable food system in Australia, we must make change ourselves and inspire our consumers and our partners to do the same,” he said.
“Our sustainability plan focuses on areas where we can have the most immediate and meaningful impact across our supply chain, through the sourcing of our ingredients, the manufacturing of our products and the connection we have with our people, our customers and our communities.”
The Sustainability Statement outlines four commitments under the key pillars of source, make and connect, including:
- Sustainable Ingredients: Sustainably grow and source 100 per cent of key ingredients – namely flour, sugar, oils, dairy and cocoa products – sustainably by 2035.
- Net-zero climate impact: Achieve net-zero emissions in operations by 2040 and across the value chain by 2050.
- Circular Packaging: Reduce, reuse or repurpose the amount of plastic packaging used by 10 per cent by 2025 and meet the 2025 recyclability targets set by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).
- Thriving Communities: Increase choice, opportunity and wellbeing by promoting inclusion and belonging, supporting communities and providing more diverse food options and guidance on nutrition.
The full Sustainability Statement is available to view here.