Sustainability

Better Planet

At Maple Leaf Foods, leading in sustainability is not only one of our core strategies, it is an enterprise wide view that encompasses every aspect of our business. We have an aggressive goal to reduce our environmental footprint by 50 per cent by 2025.

One of the greatest challenges for the agriculture industry is to meet the increasing global demand for food while dramatically decreasing the environmental footprint of food production. Feeding the world accounts for approximately 25 to 30 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, of which meat and dairy production represents as much as 18 per cent.

We have big, bold goals to reduce our environmental footprint. Our bold intensity (per metric tonne of production) goals are driven by the passion of our people to reduce our impact on the environment and contribute to the sustainable growth of our business. Our commitment to sustainability focuses on progress in all of these areas:

  • Reduce environmental footprint intensity in areas of energy, water, emissions and waste
  • Improve our waste diversion rate
  • Conduct a life cycle assessment of Maple Leaf Foods products

Since our baseline year 2014, we have further reduced our environmental footprint by:

Electricity (MWh)
70,786

Equivalent to emissions from 11,281 passenger vehicles driven for one year

Natural gas (m3)
6,428,408

Equivalent to emissions from 1,348 homes energy use for one year

Water (m3)
986,519

Almost the average amount of water the city of Toronto consumes in one day

Equivalency measures are calculated using:

Our goals and performance

2017 Priorities Status Our Performance 2018+ Priorities
Execute environmental sustainability action plans at each facility to drive progress towards our 50% reduction by 2025 goals. on track

We made good progress executing our action plans. The majority of our projects remain focussed on water, electricity and natural gas efficiency. We also audited our new Lightlife facility in 2017.

  • Continue to execute environmental sustainability action plans to drive progress towards our 50% reduction by 2025 (20% by 2020) goals.
  • Execute appropriate recommendations from our supply risk and life cycle assessment projects.
  • Increase our use of intermodal transport so that it accounts for 80% of our cross-country resupply loads in 2017.
  • Execute Phase 2 of our LED Retrofit Program which includes 11 additional Maple Leaf Food facilities.
  • Complete phase 2 of our packaging baseline work to address all our product packaging. Develop plan for phase 3 in 2018.
  • Continue to implement programs to further reduce/ eliminate sending organic waste to landfill.
Perform a comprehensive supply chain risk analysis on key agricultural commodities. achieved

We completed our supply risk analysis on commodities from three overarching categories including, meat, crops and packaging.

Complete a comprehensive life cycle assessment for our pork business to identify broader impacts and inform future environmental footprint reduction priorities and opportunities. achieved

We completed Maple Leaf Food’s first lifecycle assessment on pork in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.

Increase our use of intermodal transport so that it accounts for 65% of our cross-country resupply loads in 2017. achieved

We increased our use of intermodal transport to 72% in 2017.

Execute our national lighting retrofit program by the end of 2018. on track

We completed Phase 1 of our LED lighting retrofit program which included seven of our plants across Canada.

Complete a detailed packaging baseline (by weight) to inform future environmental footprint reduction opportunities. on track

We made good progress on our packaging baseline, and completed Phase 1 which included 685 SKUs.

Continue to implement programs to further reduce/ eliminate sending organic waste to landfill. on track

We successfully diverted an additional 91.8 MT of organic waste from landfill in 2017.

achieved Achieved partially achieved Partially Achieved on track On Track deferred Deferred

Environmental footprint performance summary

A detailed summary of our energy, water and waste usage, as well as our greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions for 2017.

Consumption1 Intensity7 50% x 2025 Footprint intensity reduction
Parameter 2017 2016 2015 2014 2017 2016 2015 2014 50% X 2025 target Intensity reduction % Reduction Units

Total Energy
(MWh)1

955,445

937,435

996,124

1,097,767

1.50

1.47

1.59

1.85

0.93

0.35

18.9

MWh/1,000 kg

Direct Energy – Gas
(m3)2

56,374,894

54,225,473

56,331,647

62,803,301

88.45

85.03

90.16

105.56

52.78

17.11

16.2

m3/1,000 kg

Indirect Energy – Electricity
(kWh)3

353,624,763

358,246,796

375,679,682

424,411,701

554.81

561.74

601.31

713.38

356.69

158.57

22.2

kWh/1,000 kg

Water
(m3)4

8,738,625

8,663,418

9,076,078

9,725,144

13.71

13.58

14.53

16.35

8.18

2.64

16.1

m3/1,000 kg

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions – CO2e
(tonnes)5

149,147

139,237

152,095

165,822

0.234

0.22

0.24

0.28

0.14

0.05

17.9

tonnes/1,000 kg

Landfill Diversion Rate (%)6

91.8

91.5

91.1

28.45

28.96

31.65

15.83

3.20

10.1

kg/1,000 kg

Environmental footprint performance summary footnotes