In our 2013 report (the most recent year data is available) we set measurable goals for the first time to be met by 2020. Our goals and the progress made in 2013 include:
- 20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas use (per standard case) by 2020 – We saw a 4.4 percent decrease in electricity usage in 2013, when adjusted for production. Natural gas use increased by 10.2 percent on a production-adjusted basis and is a focus for future efficiency improvements.
- 30 percent reduction in landfill waste (per standard case) by 2020 – In 2013, we experienced a 27.8 percent decrease in the amount of waste it takes to produce a case of product, making significant progress toward our goal.
- 15 percent reduction in water use (per standard case) by 2020 – We saw a 12.8 percent decrease in the amount of water it takes to produce a standard case of product as a result of water conservation efforts.
- Maintain or reduce safety incidents by 2020 – In 2013, we saw a 40 percent lower incident rate than the previous year, experienced only six lost workdays and averaged a 2.5 incident rate compared to the state of Georgia’s 5.4 average safety incident rate.
Audit 90 percent of seafood procurement spend (on a three-year rolling basis) by 2020 – We audited 37 percent of its vendors and suppliers in 2013 as we launched a formal sustainability auditing process. The third-party audits look at our suppliers’ labor and human rights performance, environmental management systems, and overall business practices. We will audit additional suppliers each year and re-issue audits every three years.