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Operational Impact

At McCormick, we are committed to continued improvement of our environmental processes through our Purpose-led Performance approach, particularly through improvements to our operational efficiency. Environmental resources underpin the ingredients and relationships at the center of McCormick’s business. As such, aggressive environmental goals and a strategy for value creation that aligns with responsible management and protection of environmental resources is good for McCormick’s stakeholders and good for business.


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Science-Based Goals

In 2019, we set ambitious science-based goals to reduce emissions for our operations (Scopes 1 & 2) and in our supply chain (Scope 3) by 42%. The latest science stresses the importance of limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. In response, we have elevated our existing goal and committed to limiting climate warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in alignment with the Science Based Targets initiative and to Net Zero by 2050.

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Energy Consumption

McCormick’s Peterborough facility is set to become the Company’s first Net Zero Carbon Building. The 93,000 square meter (approximately 1 million square feet) facility adheres to the highest level of the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Buildings Framework, delivering Net Zero Carbon in both construction and operations. We applied a “build less, build clever and build efficiently” methodology to reduce carbon emissions from construction by an estimated 30%. Achieving Net Zero Carbon in construction and operations marks a major achievement for our company. 

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Supplier LoCT

To reduce Scope 3 emissions, we are collaborating with Guidehouse, Mars and PepsiCo through the Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition (Supplier LoCT) program, in which we support suppliers in reducing emissions in our supply chain. The was launched in 2021 with the goal of collectively reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050 and ensuring an aligned sector ask for suppliers. With the help of Guidehouse, we provide our suppliers access to financial support and monthly training to understand how to establish Scope 1, 2, and 3 footprints using science-based targets.

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As part of McCormick’s sustainable vanilla sourcing program, we have partnered with USAID Conservation and Communities Projects in two regions of Madagascar to encourage biodiversity and prevent deforestation. By supporting this program, McCormick aims to slow the clearing of forests which sequester carbon from the atmosphere, an important resource that regulates our climate and provides essential environmental benefits. These projects currently support over 3,000 vanilla farmers in Madagascar.


Protecting Bees

With a changing climate comes threats to biodiversity and ecosystems that are critical to our suppliers and their ability to produce our ingredients profitably and reliably. McCormick supports bee populations around the world through partnering with the True Source Honey™ Certification program as well as providing funding to initiatives such as the Honeybee Research Center at University of Guelph. 

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McCormick's waste management goal seeks to recycle and recover 80% of solid waste from our facilities by 2025. We are making progress toward our goal by diverting waste through recycling streams and by composting food waste. Waste management draws on the logistical expertise of our staff to design site specific plans to manage waste appropriately for individual geographies and municipal waste systems. 



Although McCormick does not consume large amounts of water, we monitor water use in both our operations and supply chain. McCormick uses the World Resource Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk tool to understand water stress in the geographies where we operate. McCormick also engages third parties with robust capabilities for identifying water savings and efficiency. These parties have identified a number of water saving opportunities we are currently working to implement. Outside of our facilities, we have been working with our farmers and suppliers to integrate water conservation measures into their farming practices. 

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McCormick is committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance. Our commitment is grounded by our environmental performance data which is subject to a rigorous audit process by our finance team. We also seek verification of our GHG and water data through a third party. Additionally, our Environmental Management System (EMS), along with our Environmental Policy, helps to guide our employees and day-to-day activities to identify and manage our environmental risks across our organization.