TORONTO, April 20, 2012 – Canada's food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers are taking significant steps to conserve water, improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage sustainable packaging initiatives, according to a new report.
The report: Making an Impact:Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Canada's Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Industry was released today by Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and KPMG LLP (KPMG). Key report findings include:
- 88 percent of companies surveyed have an environmental strategy in place
- Almost all survey respondents said they track and monitor their company's performance for energy (97 percent), water (94 percent) and waste (91 percent)
- Over 90 percent of respondents have environmental initiatives addressing energy and water reductions while 88 percent are working to reduce waste
The data was gathered from 32 of Canada's leading food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers.
"FCPC member companies are clearly striving to reduce their collective environmental footprint, while still providing Canadians with the innovative and environmentally sustainable products they demand. The green agenda is a real agenda for Canadian food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers."
- Nancy Croitoru, President & CEO, FCPC
"We're seeing companies dedicate vast resources – both financial and human – to help create and implement their environmental sustainability strategies. These dedicated resources are much more than 'going green' – these are fundamental shifts to their business models with a view to positive results for all stakeholders."
- Phil Ludvigsen, Director, Carbon Advisory Services, KPMG LLP
- A 2010 United Nations Global Contact survey of more than 700 CEOs found that 93 percent see sustainability as important to their company's future success
- Two-thirds of survey respondents indicate that they have an environmental management system (EMS) in place
Food & Consumer Products of Canada is Canada's largest industry association representing the companies that manufacture and distribute the vast majority of food, beverage and consumer goods found on grocery store shelves. Our members are all based in Canada, providing jobs to almost 300,000 Canadians, and include small and large; multi-nationals and Canadian-owned companies. Learn more at www.fcpc.ca
KPMG LLP, an Audit, Tax and Advisory firm (kpmg.ca) and a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG member firms around the world have 145,000 professionals, in 152 countries.
The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.
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