Campbell Soup Co. Reports on Sustainability Goals


By Food Processing staff

May 13, 2011

Campbell Soup Co. reported its progress on its sustainability and corporate citizenship goals in its recently updated corporate social responsibility report. The report available at

The 2011 report, Nourishing: Consumers - Neighbors - Employees - Planet, describes Campbell's strategies, policies and programs they intend to use to drive the company toward four comprehensive goals by 2020.

According to the report, Campbell will pursue the following four goals over the next decade:

  • Nourishing the planet. Campbell Soup Co. intends to reduce the environmental footprint of its product portfolio in half, as measured by water use and CO2 emissions per product produced. The company noted that in the past year it has eliminated nearly 29,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions at its manufacturing operations and reduced greenhouse gas emissions per unit of food produced by more than 4 percent. The company also reduced water used by 3 percent and energy used by 2 percent per unit of food produced.
  • Nourishing its neighbors. Campbell announced a 10-year, $10 million plan with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and hunger among its hometown Camden, N.J.'s 23,000 children by 50 percent. 
  • Nourishing its employees. Campbell hopes to achieve 100 percent employee engagement in CSR and sustainability.
  • Nourishing its consumers. Campbell wants to continue to advance the nutrition and wellness profile of its product portfolio. Last year, wellness-oriented products accounted for 32 percent of total company revenue. Campbell now has more than 200 products with reduced levels of sodium; more than 200 products that are low in fat and saturated fat; more than 150 products that have 100 calories or less per serving; and more than 115 product SKUs that are certified by the American Heart Association.
Since the 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report, the company has:
  • Saved more than 4.5 million pounds in steel, plastic and paper packaging materials in 2010.
  • Transitioned a PET beverage bottle supply from the U.S. to a local supplier in Canada, eliminating 750 trucks and their associated environmental impact, from the road.
  • Improved its plant safety performance (recordable rate) improved to 2.65 from 2.76, which is nearly one-half the industry average for recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked.