Throughout the challenges of 2020, Maple Leaf Foods has remained committed to being a leader in sustainability, born out of recognition of the huge and essential role the protein industry plays in feeding billions of people, and resources needed to create nutrient-dense foods. While prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and the stability of its food supply, the company defended a more sustainable food system and accelerated support for the communities where it operates. The company has made significant progress in improving support for employee mental health, developing its diversity and inclusion strategy, building its world-class animal care program, and progressing towards its environmental goals. Maple Leaf Foods also celebrated its first anniversary as the world’s first major carbon-neutral food company. The company was proud to be ranked second on the Coller-FAIRR Protein Producers Index among 60 of the world’s largest publicly traded protein producers and was named one of only three “low risk” investments in the world. the index.
“Food production took on even deeper meaning as our troubled nation needed food. I have never been so grateful that Maple Leaf Foods has put in place a strong and mature sustainability program focused on delivering better food, better care, better communities and a better planet. ,” mentionned Michael mccain, President and CEO. “Together, these sustainability commitments have been like a compass guiding us in our response to the remarkable events of 2020, keeping us focused on the vision and values that make us Maple Leaf Foods.
Sustainability at Maple Leaf Foods encompasses four pillars: better food, better care, better communities and a better planet. Highlights of the 2020 sustainability report include:
Maple Leaf Foods continued to reduce artificial ingredients, the use of antibiotics and continually improve food safety. In 2020, the company expanded its Greenfield Raised Without Antibiotics (RWA) portfolio to include family lunch kits, introduced the Prime® Organic brand, and launched Maple Leaf® Natural Top Dogs No Load, taking a leading position in the movement of real food.
Maple Leaf Foods is focused on innovative plant-based protein alternatives, and in 2020, the company repositioned its Lightlife® Foods brand as a clean, nutritious choice, and its Field Roast® Grain Meat Co. brand as a bold and bold brand. avant-garde. , an alternative to meat for consumers seeking to diversify their protein intake. Food safety and quality are also vital to Maple Leaf Foods. In 2020, the company exceeded its performance targets in terms of food safety incident rate (41%) and quality incident rate (63%), reflecting the company’s commitment to to provide safe, high quality and tasty food.
Maple Leaf Foods has made significant progress in building its world-class animal care program. At the end of 2020, the company transferred 87% of its sow spaces to its Advanced Open Sow Housing system and installed environmental enrichments such as non-destructible toys in all Advanced Open Sow Housing sows, nurseries and nurseries. growing pigsties. The company also added five air-conditioned poultry trailers to its Alberta and introduced SafeFlight real-time digital poultry trailer environmental monitoring across its Alberta operations and expanded implementation in its Ontario operations. To continuously monitor and improve animal care, the company has implemented a remote video audit (RVA) in 100% of its hatcheries and processing plants.
Food insecurity is a critical social problem that impacts health, academic and economic potential, and disproportionately affects racialized communities. In 2020, Maple Leaf Foods ran the #ApartTogether campaign, generating nearly $ 600,000 in donations in support of the Maple Leaf Center for Action on Food safety, donated more than $ 2 million to support emergency food access and has contributed $ 2.5 million of healthy products to organizations that support people in need, an increase of 67% compared to 2019.
Maple Leaf Foods is committed to creating a culture and work environment that keeps people safe, rewards excellence and fosters an inclusive and diverse work environment. Worker safety is a top priority and in 2020 the company achieved a world-class recordable total incidence rate of 0.48 and a days absence, restriction or transfer rate of 0.24. Thirty-two Maple Leaf Foods sites recorded no lost-time injuries and 23 of those sites were proud to be members of the company’s Zero Hero Safety Club. The company announced its 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Master Plan, outlining a holistic approach to breaking down systemic and cultural barriers and providing an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive. In 2020, 38% of managers and 32% of directors were women. Because the company considers the mental health of team members to be just as important as the physical well-being, the company has provided mental health training to 88% of all staff managers.
At November 7, 2020, Maple Leaf Foods marked a year as the world’s first large carbon-neutral food company and the first food company in Canada to set science-based targets. By the end of 2020, the company had reduced the intensity of its environmental footprint by: 25.9% for electricity, 19.5% for natural gas, 21.6% for water (2014 reference); 12.1% for solid waste (2015 reference) and 30.9% for food losses (2016 reference). It also diverted 91.6% of the waste that would normally be landfilled.
Demonstrating that sustainability and a successful business are not mutually exclusive goals, Maple Leaf Foods participated in the first sustainability loan in Canada, a partnership with nine global banks where the company will benefit from lower interest rates if it achieves certain sustainable development objectives and maintains its carbon neutral status. The company has also established an internal ‘carbon price’ which provides information on all investment decisions and a carbon calculator to factor the cost of carbon into all capital expenditure requests and calculations. back on net assets. Additionally, the company finalized its efforts to reduce plastic waste through its sustainable packaging strategy and launched its Prepped and Ready packaging portfolio with Halopack, an eco-friendly solution that uses a combination of 90% recycled cardboard and 83% less plastic *. Continuing its leadership in sustainability, Maple Leaf Foods became one of the founding signatories of the Canadian Pact on Plastics and partnered with other leading Canadian companies to inspire business climate action.
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About Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (“Maple Leaf Foods”) is a carbon neutral company with a vision to be the most sustainable protein company in the world, responsibly producing food products under premium brands. plan such as Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders® Country Naturals®, Mina®, Greenfield Natural Meat Co.®, Lightlife®, Field Roast ™ and Swift®. Maple Leaf Foods employs approximately 13,500 people and operates in Canada, the United States and Asia. The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MFI).
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