DuPont has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress against its 2020 Sustainability Goals and ongoing commitment to areas such as food security, environmental stewardship, and diversity and inclusion.
“DuPont has a long history of developing sustainable solutions for a remarkable number of industries,” said Krysta Harden, DuPont vice president of Public Policy and chief sustainability officer. “We understand that to carry that legacy of success into the future, DuPont must not only innovate relentlessly to create value for our customers but also continue to integrate sustainability into how we operate and what we produce to also create value for society. Our sustainability goals and commitments do just that.”
DuPont 2020 Sustainability Goals and Environmental Stewardship
The DuPont 2020 Sustainability Goals – announced in 2015 and comprised of Innovation, Food Security, and Environmental Footprint – represent the next step in the company’s more than 25-year commitment to sustainability. In 2015, DuPont continued to drive progress against all four of its Food Security Goals and surpassed an interim target of 3 percent reduction in its energy intensity goal. The company also established new 2015 baselines for its goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions intensity 7 percent by 2020, as well as business-specific waste and water goals.
In addition to setting new goals and establishing baselines in 2015, DuPont still improved its environmental footprint in several areas. The company reduced its corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6 percent below 2014 and by 7.5 percent below 2010. We also continued to improve our performance with other emissions, water, and the beneficial use of waste. Finally, we reaffirmed our commitment to climate change in 2015 by lending our voice to a number of forums advocating for a successful outcome at the Paris climate negotiations (COP 21).
Advancing Food Security
In 2012, DuPont set an ambitious set of Food Security Goals, part of our overall DuPont 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals were conceived in the spirit of “what gets measured gets done”, focus on innovating to feed the world, engaging and educating youth, and improving rural communities. In 2015, we made important progress in each area:
- Innovating to Feed the World. DuPont is committed to investing $10 billion in research and development and introducing 4,000 new products by the end of 2020. In 2015, we invested $1.1 billion in R&D, bringing our total to just under $5 billion. We also introduced 633 new products.
- Engaging and Educating Youth. By the end of 2020, DuPont will facilitate 2 million engagements with young people around the world to transfer the knowledge of sustainable food and agriculture and the impact it will have on a growing population. In 2014, we exceeded our target but remained committed to continuing progress and in 2015 we engaged nearly 200,000 additional youth.
- Improving Rural Communities. DuPont will work to improve the livelihoods of at least 3 million farmers and their rural communities through targeted collaborations and investments that strengthen agricultural systems and make food more available, nutritious and culturally available. This is in addition to the work already being done by DuPont to enhance the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers through our normal business practices. Through 2015, we have improved the livelihoods of approximately 1.2 million farmers and their rural communities.
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