Natural resources including water, energy and raw materials are key inputs to our operations. Keystone Foods maintains an environmental management program designed to ensure compliance, manage risks, capitalize on opportunities and minimize environmental impacts. The focus yields sustainable outcomes to our climate, communities and customers. In many of our locations, we have third-party recognition of our environmental management program.
Efficient use of natural resources is critical for our business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. Regulatory and societal pressures related to environmental impact continue to grow, and as they evolve, we evaluate our internal standards and work to find new ways to enhance our performance. KEYSTAR aims to minimize input of resources used by Keystone Foods, reduce waste from the output of our operations and maximize the opportunities to recycle and reuse materials.
- Energy: Keystone Foods understands the importance of making continuous improvements in energy management. We track total energy use, renewable energy use and energy conserved. We have implemented a series of energy improvement initiatives and are currently introducing real-time energy monitoring systems at some of our plants.
- Water: Keystone Foods aims to use water prudently while never compromising our standards of hygiene or food safety. We track total water usage, recycled water usage, wastewater generated and water conserved. We have conducted an analysis globally for water availability/scarcity risks at our plants. We are prioritizing projects based on that information.
- Waste: We are constantly working to eliminate packaging and solid waste. We have an aspirational goal to be zero waste to landfill by 2020. Since 2008, we have reduced the amount of waste sent to the landfill globally by more than 55%. This not only helps the environment but also reduces costs, strengthens our stakeholder relationships and generates revenue opportunities.