Preserving the Environment

Integrating Sustainability in All That We Do

GMA and the companies it represents work to enhance the lives of consumers by providing safe, affordable and nutritious products, while having a positive impact on our communities. We recognize the complex challenges of a growing world, and accept responsibility to consider our impact on the environment in all that we do.

Applying sustainable solutions in all areas of our work while continuing to deliver products that enhance consumers’ lives is a top priority for GMA and its members. The industry is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the amount of material used in packaging, improve energy efficiency, bolster water conservation efforts, meet the challenge of food waste and solid waste management, and source commodities from sustainable suppliers. GMA member companies are regularly recognized as leaders and collaborative partners by nongovernmental organizations, policymakers and consumers as we work together to preserve and protect our natural resources.

What We Do

GMA takes the lead in identifying model sustainability practices and fostering wider industry adoption of those practices through a comprehensive education effort. Along with our member companies, we are working to shrink the CPG industry’s environmental footprint by fostering collaboration throughout the CPG value chain, organizing educational opportunities and model-practice sharing, and spotlighting industry successes and opportunities.

Together, these GMA-led efforts will reduce the industry’s environmental footprint, provide consumers with innovative, environmentally-friendly products and preserve our natural resources for future generations.

Sustainability Leadership

GMA member companies are committed to finding new and innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint and preserving natural resources while providing consumers with the high-quality products they expect from our industry. A recent study showcases the significant progress the industry has made toward greener facilities, supply chains and products.

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Sustainable Packaging

Reducing the amount of material used in our packaging and supply chain is among the CPG industry’s top environmental priorities. Leading food, beverage and consumer products companies plan to avoid manufacturing more than 4 billion pounds of packaging by 2020.

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Product Date Labeling Initiative

Grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages to offer greater clarity regarding the quality and safety of products.

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Food Waste

There is no bigger opportunity for our industry to simultaneously address hunger in America and reduce our environmental footprint than by reducing the amount of food sent to landfills. To tackle this issue, together GMA and its retail partners at the Food Marketing Institute launched the Food Waste Opportunities and Challenges initiative.

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