The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, has issued a new report showcasing the progress made by food, beverage and consumer products companies that have reduced their environmental footprint and promote sustainable business practices.
Titled, “Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry,” the report was compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and features industry success stories in the categories of air, water and waste management. Each story demonstrates some or all of the following elements: Innovation in system or product design; a quantifiable return on investment; engagement or collaboration with external stakeholders; and reduction or improvement in efficiency of environmental factors.
The report also includes a diverse cross-section of initiatives from an equally diverse slate of manufacturers. Some of the success stories featured reveal companies that are converting inedible food waste to energy, reclaiming water from the manufacturing process, and cutting emissions with underground limestone refrigerated storage facilities.
“Food, beverage and consumer products companies have a longstanding commitment to improving the lives of consumers, and that includes environmental stewardship,” notes Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO. “This report showcases not only the considerable progress GMA members are making towards greener facilities, supply chains and products, but also the innovation and creativity that has made this progress possible.”
The report is available online at www.gmaonline.org/file-manager/Sustainability/Environmental_Success_Stories.pdf.