Deerfield, IL — Advancing critical food stability and emergency relief work in the global effort to combat coronavirus, Mondelez International, Inc. is donating $15 million in financial and in-kind support to its community partners.
In separate news, the company became a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and a member of the UK Plastics Pact.
“Managing through and recovering from this global crisis will take everyone’s support and I am pleased we’re standing up to advance relief efforts around the world,” says Dirk Van de Put, Mondelez chairman and CEO. “Our purpose and values as a company are rooted in doing what’s right for our people and our communities and this $15 million global commitment will help further the impactful work of local community partners providing safety, security and assistance for the people who need it most.”
Support for the effort comes from the Mondelez International Foundation, as well as local and global brand initiatives, according to the company, which notes its Chinese imprint has already donated $1 million in cash and in-kind support to relief efforts in that region.
The CPG company is also increasing support for its employees, including two weeks of paid leave for any impacted employee in the U.S., increasing wages for hourly workers and giving weekly bonuses to sales representatives. Additionally, Mondelez reports it is hiring 1,000 more U.S. employees to ensure uninterrupted functioning of its U.S. distribution and sales network.
Mondelez’s joining of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and UK Plastics Pact are part of its efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution and reduce its impact on the planet, according to the company.
“We believe that sector-wide initiatives, in collaboration with government, are key to reducing the impact of packaging on our planet” says Christine Montenegro McGrath, vice-president of sustainability and global impact at Mondelez. “Through our partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and in joining The UK Plastics Pact, we are accelerating our work toward creating zero net waste packaging and improving recycling globally, and we are fully committed to their vision.”
As part of the commitments, the company is working toward the following goals: Actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025; 100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable; use 5 percent recycled content (by weight) across all plastic packaging used; and take action to move from single-use towards reuse models where relevant.