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New report: Lamb Weston affirms commitment to sustainability, reducing agriculture footprint

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. issued its second annual Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) report this week, which included new 2030 ESG goals. The company also announced that in partnership with European joint venture Lamb Weston / Meijer, the organizations have committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and will align carbon emissions targets to support the United Nations Paris Agreement.

The 2021 ESG Report, covering fiscal year 2020, shares the company’s final progress against its 2020 goals, and establishes ambitious targets for 2030, with clear, measurable objectives focused on climate resiliency. The new 2030 climate goals will be submitted, along with Lamb Weston / Meijer’s targets, to SBTi for careful review and validation through the initiative.

“Our ESG approach continues to evolve, and we’re excited to take this important step, committing to the SBTi,” said Tom Werner, CEO, Lamb Weston. “Together with our colleagues at Lamb Weston / Meijer, we believe SBTi will build accountability and rigor into our efforts to reduce our impact on the planet.”

In the foreword to the new report, Mr Werner says: “A focus on future growth and success has been core to our operations since this company was started more than 70 years ago. As a team, we know that achieving our vision to be the No. 1 global potato company means understanding our impact on the world around us.”

The company’s 2030 goals focus on four distinct parts of its value chain.

  • Protect: ambitions that focus on impact to individuals, focusing on zero tolerance for personal safety incidents and food safety incidents.
  • Plant: clear, measurable reduction targets for the company’s agricultural footprint, including reducing water, nitrogen, and active ingredient pesticides used to grow potatoes.
  • Produce: responsible sourcing, packaging and production efficiency targets focused on climate resiliency, including reductions in carbon emissions, water use and food waste.
  • Provide: clear commitments for providing value to the communities where Lamb Weston operates, including food nutrition, diversity, equity and inclusion, and philanthropy.

The full ESG Report, including all 2030 goals and disclosure against key metrics for ESG initiatives, is available now at https://esg.lambweston.com.

To learn more about Lamb Weston / Meijer’s 2030 Sustainability Agenda visit https://lambweston.eu/emea/sustainability.

Source: Lamb Weston. Press release here

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