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Take a look at the 2009 Climate Counts Scores of 20 companies in the Food Products, Food Services, and Beer/Beverages Industries.

Food Products - At a fundamental level, climate change and agriculture are two issues that are inextricably linked; risks from flood, drought, and disease all loom large over our global food systems. And the impact of those food systems themselves on climate change is dramatic; packaging of food products and the impact of waste on the environment are only growing as significant issues. Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of their food choices and are learning that not all multinational food companies look alike when it comes to their attention to issues like water scarcity, toxicity, animal welfare, and, of course, climate change.

That said, because of consumer awareness and engagement, more and more food companies are getting the message. Ten of eleven companies in the food products sector improved their Climate Counts scores from 2008 to 2009. Unilever and Stonyfield Farm have continued to lead, both working to fully integrate climate action into business strategy and across the global value chain.

Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, General Mills, Sara Lee and ConAgra Foods each improved their scores by double digits. Significant increases in company scores resulted from a range of actions including third-party verification of company climate data, clear goals and public engagement. PepsiCo’s greatly improved reviewing of emissions and reduction goals bring them in close proximity to archrival Coca-Cola. Nestle and Kellogg also improved their scores, and with Sara Lee’s 20 point increase due to the data reported in its first-ever comprehensive sustainability report, this sector no longer has any companies that are considered “stuck” in the lowest tier of Climate Counts scores (scores of 12 points or less).

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