Hershey has redesigned its display cases in such a way that by 2025, they will have reduced packaging material by 25 million pounds, the company says. The new display case is a one-piece design with no cover packaging. It also eliminates the center divider. With these and other changes, the cases use 32% less material, Hershey says. The cases also use about 62% less time to open and set up.
This is one of the initiatives that the company says will also help it reach its new “25 by 25” sustainability goals of reducing GHG emissions, water use, and waste by 25%. To date, progress toward these goals includes achieving 60% certified and sustainable cocoa, remaining on track to reach its goal of 100% by 2020, the company says.
Hershey’s 2016 CSR report was created in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. Tim Mohin, the new CEO of GRI, says that 74% of companies that are reporting sustainability performance are now using GRI standards.
Kimberly-Clark is another CPG giant that recently released a sustainability report. The report says the company diverted 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills and diverted more than 5,000 metric tons of post-consumer waste through partnership programs around the world; the company also says it achieved an an absolute reduction in GHG emissions of 16.8% over a 2005 baseline. The company also has increased its focus on supply chain sustainability, Kimberly-Clark says.
The report was the company’s first update on its global progress toward its Sustainability 2022 goals introduced last year.