We know that producing food impacts the planet. We aim to reduce our impact.
We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
- We are carbon neutral.
- We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
- We aim to reduce our environmental footprint.
Our commitments to you
We aspire to be the most sustainable protein company on earth.
It is fundamental to our transformational and purposeful journey to sustainable growth. Our vision is where we are headed as an organization.
Sustainability is something we do more than just talk about at Maple Leaf Foods. It’s central to every aspect of our business – from the food we make, to the animals we care for, to the communities we live and work in, and the planet we must protect.
Our sustainability commitments guide all our decisions and help us build a better food industry. We have a plan.
Explore why and how we are committed to:
We became the world’s first major carbon neutral food company in 2019 and have since upheld our commitment to environmental sustainability across our organization.
We also have set ambitious science-based targets to reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, and we’re working on developing more sustainable packaging and looking at the environmental impact in all parts of our supply chain.
We aim to be a global leader in animal care, and we believe that we have a real responsibility to care for our animals and their well-being.
As such, we adhere to high standards of animal care including providing an Advanced Open Sow Housing system so animals can roam freely, treating our pigs and chicken humanely, raising Raised Without Antibiotics pork and chicken, and working hard to keep our animals healthy and safe from diseases.
Producing good food for Canadians is extra important to us, and we aim to be leaders in creating authentic craftsmanship with our products.
We take pride in our transparent food labels to help Canadians make informed and healthy choices, and we’re constantly innovating to bring healthy food to your family—that’s what making good food means to us!
We’re proud to say that we’re obsessed with food safety. It’s how we became food safety award winners at our Heritage plant!
As part of our Food Safety Pledge, we’ve committed to becoming a global leader in food safety and job safety, including safe food production, preventing foodborne illness, and following the highest standards set by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Our commitment to our people means striving to create a diverse and inclusive company culture and helping to stop the stigma of mental health challenges—we care, and we mean it!
We’ve made a safety commitment to our people because healthy and safety practices at work are a top priority for our organization. And we have an aspirational Occupational Health and Safety goal: zero occupational injuries for all team members.
We created the Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security with a mission to cut food insecurity in Canada in half by 2030 through working with partner organizations and raising awareness for all.
Our organization also operates in numerous communities across Canada, and we care about doing good in each and every area. We’re proud to support community initiatives through donating healthy food products within Canada and the United States, and being a long-time supporter of UNICEF’s work for children.
Introducing our inaugural
2022 Integrated Report
Our new Integrated Report builds on nearly a decade of sustainability reporting and presents a more holistic view of our Company. We continue to evolve our reporting process every year to meet changes in the reporting and regulatory landscape and growing demands from our stakeholders.
We’re carbon neutral
We’re the first major carbon neutral food company in the world. We took this step because the planet can’t wait. Every action matters in the fight against climate change.
We care about our animals
We’ve transitioned all our sows to an innovative Advanced Open Sow Housing system. Our sows have the freedom to roam, eat, sleep, and socialize when they want.
We’re building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company where every person and their experiences are valued, and their voices heard.
Our journey so far…
We’ve come far on our sustainability journey. That journey is not over as we continue to do our part fighting climate change. Take a look at our key milestones.
The Maple Leaf brand first appeared.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is created through the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc.
McCain Capital Corporation and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquire controlling interest in Maple Leaf Foods from Hillsdown Holding plc. National rollout of Maple Leaf PrimeTM poultry products.
Maple Leaf Foods acquires J.M. Schneider Inc., one of Canada’s largest producers of premium branded products.
Maple Leaf Foods announces a strategic transformation of its protein operations focusing its strategy on growing its value-added fresh and further processed meat business.
Maple Leaf Foods has a devastating Listeria contamination at one of its prepared meats facilities that caused 23 deaths. Since this tragedy, the Company has committed to being a global leader in food safety and invested a significant amount of people and financial resources in achieving this commitment to ensure that this never happens again.
Maple Leaf Foods appoints a member of the Senior Leadership Team, to create a company-wide sustainability program.
Maple Leaf Foods set ambitious goals for the Company in key sustainability areas including nutrition, animal care, our people and communities. Notably, the Company committed to reducing its environmental footprint and converting all its owned sow barns to a new Advanced Open Sow Housing system by the end of 2021.
Maple Leaf Foods brings on board a VP of Sustainability & Shared Value to oversee the Company’s efforts to become a more efficient and environmentally friendly operator.
Maple Leaf Foods engages in months of rigorous leadership training and ideation workshops to identify the Company’s renewed purpose and commence its transformational journey to make a meaningful difference.
The Company launches its registered charity, the Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security with a commitment to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50% by 2030.
Maple Leaf Foods announces its new social purpose to Raise the Good in Food, its vision to be the most sustainable protein company on Earth, and its social contract of shared value. From this, the Company creates the role of Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer and names Dr. Randy Huffman to the role.
The Company expands into plant protein through the acquisition of Lightlife Foods, Inc.
Maple Leaf Foods continues to pursue plant proteins through the acquisition of Field Roast Grain Meat Co. The Company launches its biggest brand strategy renovation to its flagship brands, Maple Leaf® and Schneiders®.
Maple Leaf Foods becomes the first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral and the first food company in Canada to set ambitious science-based targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
Maple Leaf Foods announced its Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint, outlining its comprehensive approach to addressing systemic and cultural barriers and providing an environment with equal opportunity to thrive.
Maple Leaf Foods achieves its goal to convert 100% of our owned sow barns to its Advanced Open Sow Housing system.
The Company launches its comprehensive, multi-year People Strategy aimed at enabling the development of its people and creating an environment where everyone can all thrive.
Maple Leaf Foods officially opened the doors at its state-of-the-art fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario, after four years of planning and development. This facility is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced poultry processing facilities.