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Our Commitment to the Planet

McCormick’s commitments to people and communities naturally and necessarily extend to the planet we all share. We know we have a responsibility as a leader in the global food industry to ensure our investments have tangible benefits, especially for farmers and customers, which we see most clearly in our own supply chain.

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From our supply chain to our operations and beyond our organization, we’re taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of our collective operations. Our 2030 targets are aligned with the global UN Sustainable Development Goals, and we’re doubling down on our commitments to climate change solutions, environmental compliance, and sustainable sourcing. 

Progress Towards Our Goals

Topic Commitments  UN SDGs Alignment Our 2025 - 2030 Goals Baseline  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022


We are committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050 by adhering to Science-Based Targets that help reduce our carbon emissions. To achieve this, we’ve increased the use of renewable energy, invested in improved technologies and are in the process of embedding sustainable practices across the enterprise and throughout our supply chain.

Increase use of branded, sustainably grown herbs & spices 12
Source all herbs and spices sustainably, beginning with the top five branded iconic ingredients (black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, red pepper and vanilla) by 2025.
2015  10% - details by iconic below
Black Pepper - 10%
Cinnamon - 0%
Oregano - 0%
Red Pepper - 32%
Vanilla - 7%
 24% - details by iconic below
Black Pepper - 24%
Cinnamon - 0%
Oregano - 4%
Red Pepper - 60%
Vanilla - 34%
 44% - details by iconic below
Black Pepper - 51%
Cinnamon - 17%
Oregano - 35%
Red Pepper - 64%
Vanilla - 53%
 63% - details by iconic below
Black Pepper - 62%
Cinnamon - 33%
Oregano - 50%
Red Pepper - 100%
Vanilla - 70%
 84% - details by iconic below
Black Pepper - 80%
Cinnamon - 88%
Oregano - 69%
Red Pepper - 99%
Vanilla - 100%
Reduce GHG emissions
 7; 11; 13 42% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 & 2) from our facilities to be met by 2030 2020 We achieved our 2025 goal in 2021 and set a new target in line with the Paris Agreement to limit climate warming to 1.5˚C by 2030.  40% reduction
42% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3) to be met by 2030 2020 In 2021, we set a new target in line with the Paris Agreement to limit climate warming to 1.5˚C by 2030. This target incorporates our previous goal to decrease our carbon footprint from packaging.**  20.8% reduction
Reduce water use 6
25% reduction in water use from our facilities to be met by 2030
2020 In 2021, we set a new goal, increasing our water reduction target to 25%.  2% reduction
Solid waste recycling  12 85% recycling and recovery of solid waste from our facilities to be met by 2030  2020 In 2021, we set a new goal, increasing our waste recycling and recovery target to 85%.  67%
 Reduce packaging carbon footprint through the lifecycle  12; 13 100% of plastics packaging that can be reused, recycled or repurposed by 2030*  2015  84% 84% 84% 84% 84%

* This year, we made the decision to extend the timeline on our packaging goal to 2030. The biggest challenge we face, and across the industry, remains flexible packaging. We remain committed to solving this issue and will continue to explore solutions as technology develops.
** Our previous 2025 goal to reduce our packaging carbon footprint by 25% has now been incorporated in our Scope 3 emissions goal

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Environmental Policy

As clearly described in our Environmental Policy, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance and meeting or exceeding the requirements of all applicable environmental laws and regulations. 




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Sustainable Packaging

McCormick is dedicated to taking a multi-pronged and disruptive approach to reduce the environmental impact from our plastic packaging. To underscore our commitment, we signed the New Plastics Economy Commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 



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Net Zero Ambition

We know the necessary steps to combat climate change, and we’re taking them. By 2050, our goal is to achieve Net Zero. McCormick’s 2030 goals are aligned with the goals set by the Paris Agreement, and our Scope 1 and 2 targets have been approved by SBTi.




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Grown For Good

The Grown for Good framework outlines McCormick’s theory of change to drive impact through sustainable sourcing. Unlike other sustainability programs that are generally focused on a single tier in the supply chain (either farm or supplier facility), Grown for Good delivers impact across the entire supply chain, embedding the current processes and procedures around supplier responsibility and ethics into the model, as well as compliance to a third-party audited standard, while aligning with our PLP commitments. To enable us to achieve this, we have also created our own Grown for Good, third-party verified sustainability framework for suppliers.