Post understands there is growing awareness about the environmental pressures impacting our planet and the need for more urgent and ambitious action. We are dedicated to doing our part in reducing our impact on the environment and striving for a more sustainable future as outlined in our Global Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Policy (Global EHS&S Policy).
This page lists relevant sustainability topics and our approach to understanding and reducing our impacts and any associated risks and opportunities to our business.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects the next two decades to be critical in limiting global warming and minimizing climate variability. Achieving this will require transformations in both energy supply and demand to reduce, and where possible eliminate, GHG emissions. As a global consumer packaged goods company, we have a responsibility to our stakeholders to reduce our GHG emission impacts in alignment with leading science and scenario projections, while also building resiliency to acute and chronic climate events and emerging climate-related policies.
Post is committed to reducing the GHG emissions in our direct operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2)
with a goal of 30% reduction by 2030.
Our approach to pursuing GHG reduction in our direct operations is based upon the following phases:
|Phase||Year||Theme||% Reduction Range|
|Phase 1||2021||Set goals and baseline||0%|
|Phase 2||2022||Inventory recent and planned projects, plan site assessments, share |
|Phase 3||2023-2024||Implement high return on investment opportunities and best practices, |
drive optimization culture specific to energy and GHG emissions, evaluate capital investments
|Phase 4||2025-2027||Realize benefits of capital investments and take advantage of more |
accessible renewable energy sourcing options
|Phase 5||2027-2030||Strategically pursue closing the goal gap including leveraging available|
innovations and technologies
Post is committed to evaluating opportunities to pursue meaningful and sustainable Scope 3 reductions with our supply chain partners upstream (sourcing and packaging) and downstream (transportation and logistics).
For climate change, post maintains a global assessment of climate risks and opportunities in alignment with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The global assessment has included the following core elements:
- Consideration of three categories of factors based upon TCFD recommendations:
- Acute Physical Factors
- Extreme weather (avalanches/winter weather/cold waves, earthquakes, hail, hurricanes, ice storms, landslides, lightning, strong winds/tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, and wildfires)
- Inland/Riverine Floods
- Chronic Physical Factors
- Water stress (availability and quality)
- Drought / Heat waves
- Coastal Floods / Sea level rise
- Biodiversity and sensitive habitats
- Transition Factors
- Country-level (e.g., United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Registry)
- Location-specific contextual data from various sources (e.g., energy mix, utility renewable energy targets, net metering status, and carbon pricing mechanisms)
- Acute Physical Factors
- Evaluation of all global operational locations using leading external datasets
- Completion of a Facility Climate Risk Applicability Survey by all global production locations
- Consolidation of data into an analysis tool
Post is committed to demonstrating alignment with TCFD recommendations and plans to issue an inaugural TCFD Disclosure in 2022. Post also participates in the annual CDP Climate disclosure. Our Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG Emissions Data is available here.
Water is a critical natural resource. Post is committed to taking action to reduce overall water consumption and effectively manage wastewater discharge to protect the health of local watersheds. To be a responsible company, our efforts related to water stewardship must be aligned with providing high quality and safe products to our consumers. We also realize that not all water is equal, so we are committed to assessing our water impact, particularly in high water stress environments. Post supports UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. We all play a role, across the world, to work together in addressing shared water challenges including water quantity, water quality, water governance, important water-related ecosystems, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and resiliency to extreme weather events.
Post is committed to evaluating our water impacts, particularly in high water stress environments.
Post currently has owned and operated production sites and warehouses and distribution centers in North America and the United Kingdom. Post maintains a global water risk assessment to determine sites located in regions of potentially high water stress using the following data sources:
- World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas
- WWF Water Risk Filter
- FEMA National Risk Index
Based upon our assessment, Post has identified the following breakdown of sites by water stress level projected to 2030:
|Water Stress Level||Production Sites||Warehouse & Distribution Sites|
|Water Stress Locations 2030 Projection|
The results of our assessment, combined with our water and wastewater data, is used to inform decisions on further assessment, actions, and investments.
Post believes in the need to operate in harmony with nature and ecosystems. Maintaining biodiversity, especially for sensitive or threatened habitats, is fundamentally important to protecting flora and fauna, preserving local culture, combating climate change and supporting a stable economy. Post currently has owned and operated production sites and warehouses and distribution centers in North America and the United Kingdom. Post maintains a biodiversity assessment which evaluates the proximity of our sites to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity using the following recognized data sources:
- Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Global AZE Map
- Conservation International Biodiversity Hotspots and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
- Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Partnership
Based upon our assessment, Post has identified the following breakdown of sites by proximity to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity:
|Proximity||Production Sites||Warehouse & Distribution Sites|
|Within 10 miles||12%||16%|
|9% within large North American Coastal Plain in southeast and eastern US; 3% near Great Rivers Confluence or the Niagara River Corridor||10% within the large North American Coastal Plain in southeast and eastern US; 3% within the large California Floristic Province; 3% located near the Boundary Bay – Roberts Bank – Sturgeon Bank (Fraser River Estuary) or the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie|
|Biodiversity Hotspot Proximity|
The results of our assessment, combined with our environmental data, is used to inform decisions on further assessment to confirm no direct or indirect impacts, actions to monitor and mitigate any future impacts, and investments including consideration for prioritizing local community engagement initiatives.
Waste management, recycling and reuse is of the utmost importance to our business, the environment and society. We continually monitor and implement best waste recycling and reuse practices throughout our operations. Post has achieved a diversion from landfill rate of 90% for all non-hazardous waste generated which was recycled or reused.
Post is committed to assessing our waste to landfill.
Our Weetabix business has been zero waste to landfill since 2016, our Michael Foods business has diverted 98.8% of waste materials from landfills due to recycle, reuse and repurpose efforts, and our Post Consumer Brands business has a 96% landfill diversion rate.
Since 2016, Weetabix’s waste streams no longer include Landfill, with waste either being recycled, used as animal feed or sent to “Waste to Energy” incineration.
Our approach to sustainable packaging is multi-pronged due in large part to our holding company business model and diversity of products requiring agility for our companies to drive their own packaging and brand strategies.
Post is committed to active participation in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and
to implement How2Recycle (H2R) labeling across our products.
Post Consumer Brands (PCB) is committed to sustainable packaging through reducing the amount of packaging needed for our products and increasing recyclability. PCB is committed to designing for 100% recyclable cereal and product packaging by 2025. Currently, about 90% of the packaging materials, by weight, that we use in our PCB manufacturing plants are made from recycled content or renewable resources and can be recycled by consumers. In the past two years, PCB’s packaging research & development (R&D) team has successfully reduced plastic film usage in our cereal bags by more than one million pounds.
By summer 2022, 99% of packaging used by our Weetabix business will be recyclable, up from 93% this time last year. That represents a huge effort focused on recyclable materials that will keep our carbon footprint low. Weetabix is committed to getting to 100% recyclable by 2025. As part of the Low Impact Packaging Pillar of the sustainability strategy, Weetabix is also committed to:
- Delivering an 18% reduction in plastic packaging (compared to 2007 levels) by 2025 with a current focus on reducing the thickness of the bags and wraps used to keep cereal fresh by 10%.
- Increasing the amount of recycled plastic (rPET) used in our On The Go Drinks bottles to 50% by 2022, and reducing plastic used in each bottle by 10%.
- Launching recyclable wrap to achieve 20% reduction in carbon footprint of Weetabix packaging.
- Trialing 100% recyclable Alpen bags and Alpen bar packaging. Our original trials couldn’t find a technical solution that kept bars fresh, so we are now evaluating other ways to recycle the existing wrappers.
Forests are key to preserving biodiversity of plants and animals and fighting climate change. They also provide livelihoods to millions of people around the world. We are determined not only to manage deforestation risks in our supply chains, but to protect and restore forests and other critical natural ecosystems. Post maintains a No Deforestation Policy and our aspiration is to source 100% of our global commodities with no deforestation impacts.
Based upon our current evaluation of potential deforestation impacts, Post has the following status:
Palm Oil – Since 2015, Post has participated in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and completed RSPO’s annual Communication On Progress. We are a very small user of palm oil and only directly purchase RSPO mass-balanced certified palm oil ingredients.
Soy – All soy oil is directly sourced by Post for use in manufacturing products and a limited amount of soy protein isolate used by our cereal business are from soybeans grown and processed in North America. All soybean meal for feeding poultry is sourced from within the United States. Eggs are directly sourced from North American suppliers and may use soybean meal for chicken feed. Post will also assess and monitor other trace quantities of soy in our value chain.
Beef – All beef commodities are directly sourced by Post and are North American produced.
Pulp and Paper – A majority of our suppliers of corrugated and folding cartons have publicly available sustainable forestry and wood fiber procurement related policies, ambitious commitments to only source recovered fiber or virgin materials from sustainably managed forests, and mature programs to maintain chain of custody and sustainable forestry certifications, such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). These suppliers also voluntarily report on their deforestation governance and performance through the annual CDP Forests questionnaire. Post also has a small amount of spend with suppliers providing specialized pulp and paper products (e.g., pulp trays), which will be evaluated and monitored as part of this policy commitment.