Sustainability


We are actively committed to bettering the planet and its people. Our business practices align with our
sustainability goals and initiatives.

Towards 2020

At Kerry, sustainability is at the heart of our business. Since 2015, the successful implementation of our Towards 2020 strategy, has helped to deliver on our sustainability aspirations, plans and goals, and has been fundamental to our growth and success. Under this programme, our approach to sustainable development is based around four key pillars outlined below.

As we move forward, our approach is evolving to reflect the systemic nature of the sustainability challenges we face. While our objective of creating healthier, more sustainable diets will remain unchanged, a shift in emphasis to key themes will help us to address challenges more holistically and in a way that better equips us to tackle the interdependencies between many of these aspects. Details of this new programme will be launched later in 2020. 

Moving forward with care

We acknowledge the universal impact of climate change and the need to stimulate economic and business development in a sustainable manner. We have programmes in place to measure, manage and reduce climate change impact.

Our environmental aspirations are to:

  • continue to improve our environmental stewardship
  • drive efficiency in resource use (energy and water)
  • exceed efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • managing climate change, driving efficiency in resource use and reducing waste
  • developing long- and short-term sustainability gains in operations
  • delivering on our brand sustainability strategy plan

Environment achievements we’re proud of:

  • significantly exceeding our Towards 2020 waste target with a 31% reduction
  • surpassing our Towards 2020 target on carbon with a 23% reduction
  • 89% of all waste diverted from landfill

Creating sustainable working environments 

Read about our Global Technology & Innovation Centre (GTIC) in Naas, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building that opened in 2015.

Putting well-balanced nutrition first

Kerry is the world’s leading supplier of taste and nutrition and functional ingredients and actives to the food, beverage and pharma markets. We embrace our responsibility to our customers and to the broader community to provide products that can be consumed with confidence as part of a well-balanced diet.

Our marketplace aspirations are to:

  • continue to enhance the nutritional value of our products and assist our customers through our leading innovation and product expertise
  • make quality a distinguishing capability
  • ensure responsible sourcing practices
  • ensure relevant suppliers are formalised as members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX)

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • leveraging Kerry’s taste and nutrition technology platforms and applications expertise to improve nutritional values of products in partnership with our customers
  • embedding positive nutritional values in product development and innovation programmes aligned to customer requirements
  • achieving Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification of all Kerry manufacturing sites
  • partnering with our customers in sustainable sourcing of strategic ingredients

Marketplace achievements we’re proud of:

  • invested over €291 million in research, development and application in 2019
  • 100% of Kerry manufacturing sites had an accredited GFSI certification in 2019
  • continued development of our responsible sourcing programme
  • 100% of Kerry manufacturing sites are members of SEDEX
  • 100% of Kerry milk suppliers certified under an accredited farm level sustainability programme

Read about our commitment to sustainable vanilla sourcing methods.

Learn about Kerry’s membership of Origin Green, the nationally accredited sustainability programme of An Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board).

Sharing our values with our global team

With over 26,000 employees across the globe, our diverse, high-performance teams are key to our innovative culture and ongoing success. Retaining and developing their enthusiasm and determination is central to Kerry’s strategy for growth.

Our workplace aspirations are to:

  • continue to conduct our business in a responsible and ethical manner and be an employer of choice
  • continue to provide a safe and healthy environment in which to work
  • continue to embrace diversity and promote inclusion and belonging

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • driving ethical business practices and compliance to our Code of Conduct
  • ensuring wages are competitive and all labour standards are fair, equitable and meet or exceed local guidelines
  • embracing diversity across our workforce, our customer base and the communities we serve

Workplace achievements we’re proud of:

  • the alignment of our policies with internationally recognised Human Rights Conventions
  • a zero-tolerance approach toward labour abuses and the use of child or forced labour
  • over 206,000 courses taken to support employee learning and development
  • a 17% improvement in health and safety metrics in 2019

Learn more about how we develop talent at Kerry.

 

Supporting communities around the world

Kerry has a proud record of supporting community initiatives and charitable causes. We continue to play a vital role in supporting local communities across the world. Every year, Kerry contributes to a wide range of organisations, events and more that promote education, healthcare, sporting, leisure, the arts and community development.

Our community aspirations are to:

  • be a responsible neighbour by driving and supporting outreach activities in our local communities
  • continue to partner with international programmes to alleviate world hunger in developing regions
  • promote Kerry community projects in each region

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • assisting and actively engaging in development programmes in our communities to improve health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, education, sports and the arts and to promote community development and sustainable agriculture
  • assisting Concern Worldwide in implementing the RAIN (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition) project in the developing world

 

Community achievements we're proud of:

  • partnering with the UN World Food Programme in Honduras
  • continuing to support the work of Concern Worldwide through a new RAIN project in West Africa
  • increasing local level engagement with regional community initiatives

Read about our work with the UN World Food Programme and Concern Worldwide, aimed at improving nutrition among children in the developing world.

Environment

Moving forward with care

We acknowledge the universal impact of climate change and the need to stimulate economic and business development in a sustainable manner. We have programmes in place to measure, manage and reduce climate change impact.

Our environmental aspirations are to:

  • continue to improve our environmental stewardship
  • drive efficiency in resource use (energy and water)
  • exceed efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • managing climate change, driving efficiency in resource use and reducing waste
  • developing long- and short-term sustainability gains in operations
  • delivering on our brand sustainability strategy plan

Environment achievements we’re proud of:

  • significantly exceeding our Towards 2020 waste target with a 31% reduction
  • surpassing our Towards 2020 target on carbon with a 23% reduction
  • 89% of all waste diverted from landfill

Creating sustainable working environments 

Read about our Global Technology & Innovation Centre (GTIC) in Naas, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building that opened in 2015.

Marketplace

Putting well-balanced nutrition first

Kerry is the world’s leading supplier of taste and nutrition and functional ingredients and actives to the food, beverage and pharma markets. We embrace our responsibility to our customers and to the broader community to provide products that can be consumed with confidence as part of a well-balanced diet.

Our marketplace aspirations are to:

  • continue to enhance the nutritional value of our products and assist our customers through our leading innovation and product expertise
  • make quality a distinguishing capability
  • ensure responsible sourcing practices
  • ensure relevant suppliers are formalised as members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX)

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • leveraging Kerry’s taste and nutrition technology platforms and applications expertise to improve nutritional values of products in partnership with our customers
  • embedding positive nutritional values in product development and innovation programmes aligned to customer requirements
  • achieving Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification of all Kerry manufacturing sites
  • partnering with our customers in sustainable sourcing of strategic ingredients

Marketplace achievements we’re proud of:

  • invested over €291 million in research, development and application in 2019
  • 100% of Kerry manufacturing sites had an accredited GFSI certification in 2019
  • continued development of our responsible sourcing programme
  • 100% of Kerry manufacturing sites are members of SEDEX
  • 100% of Kerry milk suppliers certified under an accredited farm level sustainability programme

Read about our commitment to sustainable vanilla sourcing methods.

Learn about Kerry’s membership of Origin Green, the nationally accredited sustainability programme of An Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board).

Workplace

Sharing our values with our global team

With over 26,000 employees across the globe, our diverse, high-performance teams are key to our innovative culture and ongoing success. Retaining and developing their enthusiasm and determination is central to Kerry’s strategy for growth.

Our workplace aspirations are to:

  • continue to conduct our business in a responsible and ethical manner and be an employer of choice
  • continue to provide a safe and healthy environment in which to work
  • continue to embrace diversity and promote inclusion and belonging

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • driving ethical business practices and compliance to our Code of Conduct
  • ensuring wages are competitive and all labour standards are fair, equitable and meet or exceed local guidelines
  • embracing diversity across our workforce, our customer base and the communities we serve

Workplace achievements we’re proud of:

  • the alignment of our policies with internationally recognised Human Rights Conventions
  • a zero-tolerance approach toward labour abuses and the use of child or forced labour
  • over 206,000 courses taken to support employee learning and development
  • a 17% improvement in health and safety metrics in 2019

Learn more about how we develop talent at Kerry.

 

Community

Supporting communities around the world

Kerry has a proud record of supporting community initiatives and charitable causes. We continue to play a vital role in supporting local communities across the world. Every year, Kerry contributes to a wide range of organisations, events and more that promote education, healthcare, sporting, leisure, the arts and community development.

Our community aspirations are to:

  • be a responsible neighbour by driving and supporting outreach activities in our local communities
  • continue to partner with international programmes to alleviate world hunger in developing regions
  • promote Kerry community projects in each region

Our five-year plan was aimed at:

  • assisting and actively engaging in development programmes in our communities to improve health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, education, sports and the arts and to promote community development and sustainable agriculture
  • assisting Concern Worldwide in implementing the RAIN (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition) project in the developing world

 

Community achievements we're proud of:

  • partnering with the UN World Food Programme in Honduras
  • continuing to support the work of Concern Worldwide through a new RAIN project in West Africa
  • increasing local level engagement with regional community initiatives

Read about our work with the UN World Food Programme and Concern Worldwide, aimed at improving nutrition among children in the developing world.


Sustainability review

Learn more about the actions and results we've achieved under our Towards 2020 strategy

Our stories

Project Leche

We’re working to ensure that more sustainable dairy products are included in school meals for children in Honduras.

Project Leche

Sustainable Vanilla

We’re committed to providing ongoing support and education to the communities that produce vanilla.

Sustainable Vanilla

The RAIN Programme

We’re helping improve undernutrition and mortality rates in children under two years of age in the developing world.

The RAIN Programme

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