Last week, Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) honored employee teams from their various plants with awards for sustainable development.
The company apparently received 90 entries for their annual sustainability awards competition.
While only six of them went on to win an award, none of them lost per se, because the projects are collectively responsible for:-
- Creating savings worth $22 million;
- Reducing use of packaging material by three million pounds;
- Conserving 646 million gallons of water;
- Reducing the company’s carbon footprint by 26,700 metric tons; and
- Cutting down on 23,000 tons of landfill waste.
Listed below are the six winning teams and their sustainability projects.
Rensselaer, Indiana – This ConAgra popcorn facility won the award for improved energy efficiency achieved through grassroots engagement by employees. They managed to cut back on electricity consumption by 920,647 kilowatt hours.
Memphis, Tennessee – This ConAgra Wesson Oil facility motivated employees to do their part for water conservation, resulting in employee projects that reduced water consumption by 169 million gallons.
Helm, California – This ConAgra tomato paste facility came up with new technology that separated vines and seeds from the rest of the tomato. Their efforts ended up increasing the fiber obtained from the same amount of produce, while reducing the plant’s waste by 20 percent.
Oakland, California – This ConAgra flour mill successfully introduced a pilot program for new flour bags that reduced packaging material use b 417,000 pounds.
Omaha, Nebraska – This ConAgra Research, Quality and Innovation team simplified the ingredients required for sauces, which reduced inbound transportation and handling needs, and also produced a 23 percent drop in customer complaints.
Kennewick, Washington – This ConAgra Lamb Weston team for agricultural services is working with its potato suppliers to introduce sustainable farming methods. These collaborations between farmers and Lamb Weston accounted for 150,000 acres of sustainable agriculture land use last year.
The six winning teams each gets $5,000 which can be used for a sustainable community development project. ConAgra has been holding this annual internal sustainability competition since 1992.
Gail Tavill, vice president, Sustainable Development, ConAgra Foods, said that these projects reflect an “ongoing evolution of ownership and commitment at every level in the company, further integrating sustainability into how we do business every day.”