Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

We are committed to improving our impact on the environment.

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Commitment to Sustainability

At Perfetti Van Melle, we’re committed to working in harmony with the world around us and conducting our business in a manner that is respectful of the planet and its people. We work in compliance with any governmental requirements within the countries where we do business and have in place a sustainability governance model, overseen by our Chief Sustainability officer, Sustainability Steering Committee, and Executive Committee (made up of our chief officers and CEO.)

We are focused on improving our environmental impact by targeting our packaging materials, carbon footprint and water footprint.

We are fully committed to delivering against meaningful measures to improve the environmental impact of our packaging, and to eliminate plastic packaging where possible.

Our packaging program is part of our larger Perfetti Van Melle sustainability program ensuring that our organization is working together globally to reduce our plastic packaging use.

Currently, our plastic packaging use is approximately 40,000 tonnes per year and we have 2025 packaging goals related to Reduce, Recycle, Recover:

  • Reduce plastic per tonne of product by 15% by 2025.*
  • Avoiding 5000 tonnes of not recycle-ready plastic by 2025.
  • Provide 100% of consumer packs with disposal indicator by 2025.

* versus 2017 baseline

As of full year 2023 we have reduced plastic per tonne by 8.5 % with respect to our baseline and avoided 1,200 tonnes of not-recycle ready plastic from our portfolio. We have initiated a dedicated program with robust implementation mechanism for our disposal indicator target.

We’re fully committed to improving the environmental impact across our value chain, currently focusing on the carbon emissions and water usage in manufacturing our products.

As of 28 March 2024, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), has officially approved Perfetti Van Melle’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for 2030. This approval marks a significant milestone in our commitment to reduce GHG emissions both within our own operations and throughout our supply chain. Our efforts are aligned with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, in accordance with the targets established by the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Learn more about our SBTs

Carbon Footprint

As of 2023, we have achieved an absolute reduction of carbon emissions by 20%* through a combination of:

  • Investing in on-site generation of renewable energy (to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions)
  • Procuring low carbon electricity (to reduce scope 2 emissions)
  • Implementing continuous improvement and energy-efficiency initiatives
  • ISO 14001 Certification of production facilities.

* when compared to 2016

Water Usage

Our current goal is to reduce incoming water usage across our manufacturing sites.

As of 2023, we have achieved an absolute reduction in water usage by 11%* through the implementation of continuous improvement and water-efficiency initiatives.

* when compared to 2016