We’re Carbon Neutral

Maple Leaf is the first major food company in the world to become carbon neutral. Focusing on reducing our environmental impact brings us one step closer to our mission to provide wholesome, real food for Canadians for generations to come. Join us in our efforts for a more sustainable planet.

We’re Carbon Neutral

Maple Leaf is the first major food company in the world to become carbon neutral. Focusing on reducing our environmental impact brings us one step closer to our mission to provide wholesome, real food for Canadians for generations to come. Join us in our efforts for a more sustainable planet.

Carbon Neutral.
What does it mean?

Think about it this way: we all make an impact on the planet. We all have a carbon footprint and every day, things we do emit carbon into the atmosphere. Turning the lights on and driving to work all have a direct impact on climate change. But there are things we can do to reduce our footprint. By making small changes like using LED bulbs, planting a vegetable garden, or biking to work, we can make a difference. We can also invest in actions that have a positive impact.

The food industry has a much larger carbon footprint than an individual. Which is why we need to make changes too. We recognize that creating protein products takes resources that need to be replenished — and that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve reduced our impact as much as possible. In areas where we can’t reduce any more, we’ve invested in local environmental projects that bring our net footprint to zero. We are also now proudly the first food company in Canada to set Science-Based Targets to continue to reduce our emissions as we grow. We hope our actions will inspire Canadians, along with other companies big and small, to join us as we work towards a more sustainable tomorrow.

Carbon Neutral.
What does it mean?

Think about it this way: we all make an impact on the planet. We all have a carbon footprint and every day, things we do emit carbon into the atmosphere. Turning the lights on and driving to work all have a direct impact on climate change. But there are things we can do to reduce our footprint. By making small changes like using LED bulbs, planting a vegetable garden, or biking to work, we can make a difference. We can also invest in actions that have a positive impact.

The food industry has a much larger carbon footprint than an individual. Which is why we need to make changes too. We recognize that creating protein products takes resources that need to be replenished — and that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve reduced our impact as much as possible. In areas where we can’t reduce any more, we’ve invested in local environmental projects that bring our net footprint to zero. We are also now proudly the first food company in Canada to set Science-Based Targets to continue to reduce our emissions as we grow. We hope our actions will inspire Canadians, along with other companies big and small, to join us as we work towards a more sustainable tomorrow.

What does this mean for our products?

Shopping consciously is a small step we can all take. Choosing Maple Leaf products means more than just feeding your family a delicious meal; it’s a simple way to make a big difference. This does not mean our prices will go up, because we believe that you shouldn’t have to pay a premium to make choices that you are proud of.

Together, we will take responsibility for a greener planet that future Canadians can enjoy. Our great-great grandchildren will thank us!

What does this mean for our products?

Shopping consciously is a small step we can all take. Choosing Maple Leaf products means more than just feeding your family a delicious meal; it’s a simple way to make a big difference. This does not mean our prices will go up, because we believe that you shouldn’t have to pay a premium to make choices that you are proud of.

Together, we will take responsibility for a greener planet that future Canadians can enjoy. Our great-great grandchildren will thank us!

Let’s work together.

Here are simple steps you can take at home to help create a more sustainable future.

Use beeswax wrap
Swap your single use plastic wrap for reusable beeswax

Compost and recycle accurately
Find helpful resources in your area to know what goes in each bin

Use a reusable water bottle and coffee travel mug
Stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and to-go coffee cups

Reuse “single” use plastic
Wash and reuse sandwich/freezer bags, takeout containers, and drink bottles

Unplug appliances
When you’re not using them, unplug your kettle, toaster, and microwave

Plant a vegetable garden
Growing your own produce helps reduce grocery shopping costs and food waste

Let’s work together.

Here are simple steps you can take at home to help create a more sustainable future.

Use beeswax wrap

Swap your single use plastic wrap for reusable beeswax

Compost and recycle accurately

Find helpful resources in your area to know what goes in each bin

Use a reusable water bottle and coffee travel mug

Stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and to-go coffee cups

Reuse “single” use plastic

Wash and reuse sandwich/freezer bags, takeout containers, and drink bottles

Unplug appliances

When you’re not using them, unplug your kettle, toaster, and microwave

Plant a vegetable garden

Growing your own produce helps reduce grocery shopping costs and food waste

Frequently Asked Questions

What steps is Maple Leaf taking to reduce their current footprint?

The steps we’re taking fall into four categories: avoid, reduce, replace and offset. No matter the area of our business, we are avoiding activities that generate a lot of carbon. For example, we are reducing our consumption of energy and water, and the overall amount of solid waste we generate. We are also replacing our traditional energy sources with renewable energy. In areas we cannot avoid, reduce, or replace any further, we offset our remaining carbon emissions. Offsetting is done by investing in projects that reduce an equivalent amount of carbon that we still emit in areas like wind energy, composting, and forest protection.

What environmental projects are you investing in?

We proudly support a number of high-impact, environmental projects throughout Canada and the U.S. in areas where our facilities and barns operate. These projects support renewable wind energy, recovery of methane gas for energy from landfills, recycling programs, composting to reduce methane emissions, and forest protection and re-forestry.

Is becoming carbon neutral just greenwashing?

For Maple Leaf, carbon neutrality is not greenwashing. The global food system is responsible for up to one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, yet very few companies have taken significant action towards reducing their emissions. At Maple Leaf, we are committed to actions that will benefit Canadians for generations to come. In 2015, we set a goal to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025. Since then, we’ve taken large strides to reach this goal. We’ve done this by converting to more energy efficient practices and ensuring our facilities are up to date with their sustainability action plan. In 2019, we proudly announced that we are carbon neutral. Learn more about our sustainability journey here: https://www.mapleleaffoods.com/sustainability/overview/

What are Science-Based Targets?

We are the first food company in Canada to set Science-Based Targets (SBTs). To be considered, these targets must be in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This means limiting the global temperature rise to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and find ways to limit a rise to 1.5°C. All targets must be accepted by the organization, Science Based Targets Initiative. These targets ensure we are on a clearly defined path to reduce our greenhouse emissions, even as we grow our business. Learn more here: https://www.mapleleaffoods.com/sustainability/carbon-strategy/

Is Maple Leaf carbon neutral or carbon zero?

Maple Leaf is carbon zero. We have achieved this through becoming carbon neutral.

What steps is Maple Leaf taking to reduce their current footprint?

The steps we’re taking fall into four categories: avoid, reduce, replace and offset. No matter the area of our business, we are avoiding activities that generate a lot of carbon. For example, we are reducing our consumption of energy and water, and the overall amount of solid waste we generate. We are also replacing our traditional energy sources with renewable energy. In areas we cannot avoid, reduce, or replace any further, we offset our remaining carbon emissions. Offsetting is done by investing in projects that reduce an equivalent amount of carbon that we still emit in areas like wind energy, composting, and forest protection.

What environmental projects are you investing in?

We proudly support a number of high-impact, environmental projects throughout Canada and the U.S. in areas where our facilities and barns operate. These projects support renewable wind energy, recovery of methane gas for energy from landfills, recycling programs, composting to reduce methane emissions, and forest protection and re-forestry.

Is becoming carbon neutral just greenwashing?

For Maple Leaf, carbon neutrality is not greenwashing. The global food system is responsible for up to one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, yet very few companies have taken significant action towards reducing their emissions. At Maple Leaf, we are committed to actions that will benefit Canadians for generations to come. In 2015, we set a goal to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025. Since then, we’ve taken large strides to reach this goal. We’ve done this by converting to more energy efficient practices and ensuring our facilities are up to date with their sustainability action plan. In 2019, we proudly announced that we are carbon neutral. Learn more about our sustainability journey here: https://www.mapleleaffoods.com/sustainability/overview/

What are Science-Based Targets?

We are the first food company in Canada to set Science-Based Targets (SBTs). To be considered, these targets must be in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This means limiting the global temperature rise to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and find ways to limit a rise to 1.5°C. All targets must be accepted by the organization, Science Based Targets Initiative. These targets ensure we are on a clearly defined path to reduce our greenhouse emissions, even as we grow our business. Learn more here: https://www.mapleleaffoods.com/sustainability/carbon-strategy/

Is Maple Leaf carbon neutral or carbon zero?

Maple Leaf is carbon zero. We have achieved this through becoming carbon neutral.

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