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Recipient receiving Sustainable Development Award

ConAgra Foods' Sustainable Development Awards Program

ConAgra Foods’ Sustainable Development Awards program continues to be the cornerstone for engaging employees, recognizing the most outstanding sustainability innovations and sharing best practices across the organization. This year employees submitted 90 award applications describing projects that significantly reduced our environmental impact while cutting costs by $26.6 million, proving again that sustainability delivers tangible business results. 


Case Study

Efficient Glue System Really Sticks

A new spray glue system cut glue use in half across four ConAgra Foods canning facilities. The new system applies just the right amount of glue to a can, precisely where needed to best affix the product label. This improvement in process efficiency reduced waste and improved operating reliability. The spray glue system runs at a lower operating temperature, resulting in a cooler working environment for employees.

Portrait of Gail Tavill“Employee engagement, imagination and innovation played an even bigger part in this year's applications. It reflects an ongoing evolution of ownership and commitment at every level in the company, further integrating sustainability into how we do business every day.”
Gail Tavill, vice president, Sustainable Development 

Focusing on What Matters Most

ConAgra Foods' sustainability goals address the environmental issues that are most material to our business: climate change, water resources, eliminating waste, sourcing materials and services and long-term access to materials. We also believe that collaborating with others to manage these issues is critical to creating a sustainable global food supply. Climate change affects agricultural industries throughout the world, and is fundamentally changing how we manage energy use in our facilities. The availability of clean water is essential to how we prepare food and critical to the farmers that grow our raw ingredients. Preventing waste — particularly food waste — is an important measure of our operating efficiency and an emerging social and environmental issue.

Sustainable Agriculture: Collaborating with our contracted growers to develop crop-specific sustainable agriculture programs  Supplier Engagement: Assessing performance within our supply chain to enhance our sustainable sourcing strategies  Sustainable Op

Establishing a Shared Vision for Sustainability 

In FY10, ConAgra Foods declared a comprehensive set of sustainability goals for FY15. Over the past three years, we’ve made good progress against many of those targets, though work still remains in some areas. At the same time, we’re integrating the former Ralcorp business and other newly acquired businesses, including the numerous related facilities into our goals. 

SustainabilityGoals-ZeroWasteChampion.jpgTo re-align the combined organization on sustainability, we are announcing a new vision for 2020. Our focus areas remain largely the same, but we've established new measurable objectives for the next several years. We’re working against two business strategies: first, striving to eliminate waste of all kinds – energy, water, and materials – to improve efficiency in our operations; second, ensuring we have long-term access to the resources required to make our products through sustainable sourcing programs.

Sustainability Goals

Striving to Eliminate Waste 


Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per pound1


Address Climate Change through Energy Efficiency and Innovation

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per pound1

Make Every Drop Count

  • Reduce water use by 15 percent per pound1

Reduce Water Use and Address Water Risk

  • Reduce water use by 20 percent per pound1
  • Continue to monitor changes in water availability and quality in the areas where we operate

Keep Waste Out of Landfills

  • Divert at least 75 percent of waste from landfills

Package Smarter

  • Reduce packaging by 10 percent per pound of product produced2
  • Increase the amount of packaging made from renewable resources from 45 percent to more than 50 percent2
  • Increase the use of recycled content in our packaging by 25 percent2

Keep Waste Out of Landfills

  • Reduce waste generation by 1 billion pounds in our facilities by 20203
  • Continue our zero waste-to-landfill journey, while focusing on directing materials to the most beneficial use
  • Lead the industry in packaging for sustainable systems, with continuous improvement of design and understanding the role packaging plays in preventing food waste

Food Access & Availability 


Sustainable Sourcing & Supplier Engagement

  • Actively work with our supply chain to encourage continual improvement in the areas of energy, water, materials and waste
  • Collaborate with growers of key specialty crops to implement sustainable farming practices that optimize yield while improving land stewardship


Work with our supply chain partners toward assuring long-term access to ingredients and materials needed to make our products

  • Encourage implementation of sustainable agriculture practices with our contracted farmers through implementation of a field-level, metrics-based program
  • Participate in certified sustainable sourcing programs, where material to our business

1 From baseline levels in 2008
2 From baseline levels in 2009
From baseline levels in 2011

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