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In releasing its 2013 corporate social responsibility review, McCormick & Co. said it will boost funding for programs in global farming communities where the company sources its products by 50% and will increase funding by 20% to educate consumers globally about the role of flavor in healthy eating.
In its recent report, McCormick, which has been supporting communities in Madagascar's vanilla growing region, said it will commit to a 50% increase in funding to similar programs in farming communities in regions of the world where the company sources its products. To help provide hunger relief for children and families in Madagascar's vanilla growing region, the company has partnered with Help Madagascar. This nonprofit organization helps keep farmers' children in school by rewarding class attendance with rice donations to their families. The company said supporting global communities like Madagascar through partnerships is critical to McCormick's supply chain because it improves the day-to-day lives of suppliers and helps ensure a stable and reliable source of supply for high quality raw materials.
In addition, the company said it has committed to a 20% increase in funding to educate consumers globally on the role of flavor in healthy eating. By demonstrating how flavor can help inspire healthy choices, McCormick said it will show how to make it enjoyable and sustainable for people to eat more of the right foods and less of the foods to avoid (salt, sugar and fat).
Additionally, McCormick will bring its "Eating Well" employee nutrition and wellness program to all global locations by 2018 and the company said it has already saved more than 300 tons of plastic annually by using sustainable packaging on four of the company's plastic bottle types.
It added that these savings build upon the company's strategy at its net-zero energy facility in Belcamp, Md., and its operational goals focused on energy efficiency, packaging, waste and water reduction at nearly 50 locations in 24 countries.