Just like you, McCormick Flavor Solutions is committed to doing what’s right for people, communities where we live, work, and source, and the planet we all share. McCormick has committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050. Our near-term Purpose-Led Performance goals are time-bound and quantifiable, however, while each has its own methodology for data capture and tracking, some are intrinsically linked. An example of this is the overlap between our goal to sustainably source 100% of our branded top five iconic raw materials (black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, red pepper and vanilla) while simultaneously achieving a 42% reduction in scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. Regenerative agriculture practices go some way towards linking the two.
Our supply chain is incredibly complex with over 14,000 raw materials sourced from approximately 85 countries. To add to the complexity, our herbs and spices are largely grown by smallholder farmers with farm lots approximately one acre in area. For comparison, the size of an average farm in the USA is around 450 acres. Therefore, in order to implement regenerative agriculture practices in our supply chains, we need to work with thousands of individual spice farmers. Our Agricultural Sciences Program Manager, Michael Austin, Ph.D., is doing just that.