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Our Commitment February 16, 2021

McCormick Makes CDP’s Prominent Climate Change "A List"

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McCormick & Company was recently recognized on the CDP’s esteemed ‘A List’ for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to environmental leadership. Recognized around the world as the gold standard of environmental reporting, CDP, also known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, helps organizations disclose their environmental impact and aims to make risk management and environmental reporting a business norm. This ‘A List’ distinction highlights McCormick as a proven leader of corporate environmental ambition, action, and transparency worldwide. 

Purpose-led Performance (PLP), McCormick’s ongoing commitment to doing what’s right for people, the communities where we live work and source, and the planet we share, is a top priority for the Company and puts sustainability at the forefront of our goals. McCormick’s PLP goals are centered around these three pillars and outline the Company’s sustained focus on employee health and wellbeing, diversity & inclusion, helping our communities, in addition to driving clean revenue, delivering renewable energy projects, and our transition to 100 percent circular plastic packaging.

At McCormick, we’re committed to lessening the effects of climate change by adhering to Science Based Targets (SBTi) that help reduce our carbon emissions, energy consumption, waste, and water use, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. To achieve these goals, we’ve increased the use of renewable energy, invested in improved technologies, and embed sustainable practices across the enterprise.

Measuring and managing risks and opportunities on climate change, water security, and deforestation is an important part of our corporate responsibility. “We are proud to be recognized by CDP as leaders in corporate transparency on climate change for our contributions to sustainability across our industry,” said Bill Schildt, McCormick’s Director of Environmental Affairs. “We will continue to embed Purpose-led Performance throughout our business to positively impact society and to successfully drive our global efforts.”

To benefit the planet, our Planet goals include achieving a 20 percent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20 percent reduction in water use, and an 80 percent recycling and recovery of solid waste rate, and a 25 percent reduction in carbon footprint by 2025. While our 2025 goals give us significant targets to work toward, we know that our sustainability journey never complete and we remain committed to doing well while doing good.

To offset our greenhouse gas emissions, we’ve announced a new partnership with the Skipjack Solar Center to provide renewable electricity to power 100 percent of our current Maryland and New Jersey facilities. This new agreement will help us  meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2025. While McCormick is not a major user of water globally, we are now partnering with third party experts to identify opportunities to reduce our water use at targeted facilities around the world.

Standing together for the future of flavor has never been more important. McCormick’s unwavering commitment to lessening the effects of climate change by reducing our carbon emissions, energy consumption, waste, and water use is helping preserve the environment for future generations. Our increased use of renewable energy, investment in improved technologies, and embedded sustainable practices across our business will position us as a leader in the new sustainable economy.

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