ESG Oversight

Integrating ESG into our business


Our holding company business model differs from traditional consumer-packaged goods companies. While we have some centralized functions (such as procurement, tax, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and corporate compliance) and shared functions (such as food safety), our businesses have autonomous management teams and drive their own strategies for growth.

Consistent across our businesses is our commitment to ESG matters and our overarching governance structure as described below. While our aspirations are shared across the company, each business drives its ESG and sustainability efforts based upon what is most material to their unique business, products, and stakeholders. There are a variety of ESG focused projects taking place, but they are not identical. One business may have a significant program for animal welfare, while another where that topic is not relevant may be more focused on sustainable packaging.

While Post acknowledges the need for enterprise-wide commitments, we utilize a strategic business-by-business approach for policies, programs, and processes to optimize attention and resources for greatest impact and business value.

ESG Governance Structure

Post Holdings’ Board of Directors (the Board) is a strong, balanced blend of current and retired executives whose exceptional knowledge and considerable experience strategically guide and support the delivery of long-term value to the company. The Audit Committee of the Board reviews information concerning environmental, social, legal, regulatory and other matters that may represent material financial exposure or risk to the company, as well as other social and environmental issues important to our constituents. The Board also reviews our annual ESG Report and disclosures and considers significant ESG trends that may impact the company.

Post Holdings’ Executive Management is directly engaged with our responsibility program through routine leadership meetings, scheduled briefings and key decision-making processes (e.g., goal commitments). Our Vice President – Corporate Social Sustainability reports directly to our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Leadership from each of our operating companies are also routinely engaged in strategy and integration.

Our ESG Steering Committee is a group of senior leaders from across the company who lead the development of our strategy and recommend goals, policies, practices and disclosures. The committee includes senior leaders from global procurement, communications, legal, investor relations, finance, product safety and quality and operations. The ESG Steering Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating emerging issues and trends that affect the Company’s businesses, operations, performance or reputation.
  • Communicating regularly with executive management and the ESG Operations Council, as well as with the leadership of each operating company.
  • Providing ESG-related information and recommendations to the full Board at scheduled meetings and as important issues arise.


The ESG Operations Council consists of technical influencers from each operating company and works in partnership with the ESG Steering Committee to:

  • Provide operational perspectives on proposed strategies, goals, policies, practices and disclosures and on the implications for our production facilities and distribution.
  • Align on technical elements of program implementation.
  • Share best practices and technical expertise among businesses.
  • Ensure a consistent and effective flow of ESG information throughout the enterprise.

Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program is led by a DEI Council with representatives from all businesses and is complemented by business-specific DEI initiatives. The Council’s executive sponsors are the Post Holdings’ President and CEO and our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. The Board receives periodic updates regarding our DEI efforts.