December 3, 2018
Maple Leaf Foods backed up its commitment to environmental leadership as one of 50 major global businesses which have published an open letter to the world’s governments urging greater collaboration in the fight against climate change.
“Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing our world and Maple Leaf is committed to operating within the bounds of environmental limits and providing consumers with more sustainable food choices,” said Michael H. McCain, president and CEO. “Real change also needs real political leadership, and we stand beside these other global companies to push for action that achieves the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.”
The leaders, from the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of Climate Action CEOs, are using their positions to help meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals, with 30 companies signing the letter to reduce emissions by nine per cent, (almost 47 million metric tonnes in absolute terms) between 2015 and 2016, the equivalent of taking nearly 10 million cars off the road for one year.
Since launching its sustainability strategy in 2014, Maple Leaf Foods has reduced its total energy intensity by 19 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 18 per cent. The company has a goal to reduce its environmental footprint by 50 per cent by 2025 and is on track to meet this goal.
The letter is published ahead of the UNFCCC climate conference in Katowice, Poland, where governments will meet this week to discuss progress towards delivering the 2015 goals.
The leaders are calling for greater public-private cooperation to put in place effective carbon pricing mechanisms and policies to incentivize low-carbon investment and drive demand for carbon reduction solutions.