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frequently asked questions

Campbell is committed to helping our external stakeholders learn more about our corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts. To support this effort to be more transparent, we have compiled environmental, social and governance information that is frequently requested by many of our stakeholders.

For other frequently asked questions about our company and products, please visit the corporate website’s FAQ section.

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Energy & Emissions

Does the company have short-term goals related to energy reduction?

Yes. In addition to our 10-year goal to cut our environmental footprint in half by 2020 — defined as water used and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of our food produced — we have a short-term goal to reduce our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent annually.

What is the percentage of energy used that is derived from renewable sources?

6 percent.

What is the percentage of energy used that is derived from non-renewable sources?

94 percent.

What is the amount of energy used that is derived from renewable sources at any other level than enterprise (including facility, business unit, region, etc.)?

Approximately 85 percent of the electricity used at our Napoleon, Ohio, facility is sourced from the grid, of which 9 percent is renewable energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Does the company utilize carbon offsets?

Yes. Plum purchases carbon offsets in the amount of the GHG emissions from the energy used in its headquarters building in Emeryville, California.

Does the company purchase any carbon credits?

Yes. Campbell and Bolthouse Farms plants in California purchase carbon credits to be in compliance with the Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Program.

Does the company use carbon sequestration/capture?

No.

Does the company provide or promote mass transit or similar transportation systems that promote energy conservation?

Yes. At its World Headquarters location, the company provides shuttles to and from the local rail station.

Emissions

What are the company’s total GHG emissions to air?

735,556 tonnes CO2e.

What are the company’s methane emissions from direct sources?

186 tonnes of CO2e.

Does the company have a commitment to reducing its HCFC/CDC CFC emissions?

For our refrigeration systems, Campbell uses both natural refrigerants and synthetics. Our primary refrigeration needs involve process cooling, product/ingredient storage coolers, freezers and comfort cooling. The company has begun a phase-out program of HFCs. This is consistent with our commitment to the Consumer Goods Forum resolution for eliminating HFCs due to the associated GHG emissions. CFCs and HCFCs are being phased out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. As our HFCs and HCFCs systems require replacement, they will be replaced with natural refrigerants or alternative solutions with an equivalent GWP less than 10, in markets where it is legally allowed, commercially viable and technically feasible with safe operation assured.

The company is in the process of removing HFC and HCFC refrigerants, which are mainly found in our bakery operations. Three bakeries in the U.S. have been converted to ammonia refrigerant-based systems. The company has plans to convert our remaining five U.S. bakeries and three Australian bakeries. One of those facilities will be converted by 2017 and the remaining by 2020.

Does the company tie incentives to energy and/or emissions conservation goals?

Yes, the company’s annual incentive plan includes emissions reduction goals.

Water

Does the company have goals related to water reduction?

Yes. Our primary goal is to cut the environmental footprint in half — defined as water and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of food produced by 2020.

Our annual target for FY2016 is 2 percent reduction.

What is the company’s total wastewater discharge?

19,228,923 U.S. gallons of wastewater.

Waste

Does the company have short-term goals related to waste reduction?

Yes. In addition to our 10-year goal to achieve a global recycle rate of 95 percent, we have an annual target to move two facilities to a 95 percent recycle rate.

What is the primary source of the company’s hazardous waste?

The primary hazardous materials include waste chemicals, used/waste oil, paint and medical waste. Please note that for some international sites, plant trash is also considered a hazardous waste.

What are the disposal methods for the company’s hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is disposed by incineration, treatment/neutralization and fuel programs. In FY2015, Campbell’s hazardous waste was only 38 tonnes, which is approximately .02 percent of the company’s total waste.

Does the company have waste management programs?

Yes. We have comprehensive waste management programs that include our business, packaging and chemical waste.

Packaging

Does the company participate in any consumer recycling initiatives?

Yes. Our Plum product line participates in the How 2 Recycle program.

Environmental Management and Compliance

Do you have an environmental management system, and is it ISO 14001-certified?

Yes. One of the key aspects of our Environmental Management System is an electronic system (CEMMS). The system is an auditable and corporate social responsibility compliant system (supporting ISO 14001). The CEMMS system addresses our document management, permit tracking, monitoring & measurement, tasks & calendar management, waste-recycling/reporting, inspection notifications, incidents of notice of violations management, audits management, energy tracking/reporting and refrigerant tracking and reporting.

The CEMMS system is used globally at our facilities and is the backbone of our overall Environmental Management system.

Are any of your locations ISO 14001-certified?

No.

Has the company had any significant environmental spills in the past three years?

No.

Did the company have any environmental fines this fiscal year?

Yes. Our Bolthouse Farms, Lancaster, CA, carrot farm was fined $500 for blowing dust in February 2015 by Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District.

Environmental Sustainability Governance

Is the compensation of executives and/or other employees tied to sustainability metrics?

Yes. The incentive compensation of many of the employees, including Campbell executives, is tied to CR and sustainability metrics, including ethics and compliance training, safety performance and annual reductions in waste, water use and GHG emissions.

Are any of the company’s facilities LEED-certified or ENERGY STAR®-qualified?

Yes. The Employee Center at Campbell’s World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in June 2011.

The Innovation Center at the Pepperidge Farm headquarters campus in Norwalk, Connecticut, is designed as an environmentally friendly, LEED Silver-certified green building and employs a variety of energy-efficient, water-conserving and daylight-harvesting techniques, while using recycled building materials in the construction.

Is there senior-level responsibility for sustainability?

Yes, the VP of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability reports directly to the CEO. Each year, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors receives a presentation on sustainability and also approves enterprise-wide waste, water and GHG emissions reduction goals.

Environmental Policy

Does the company have an environmental sustainability policy?

Yes. Please see our Environmental Sustainability Policy.

Does the company have a water policy?

Yes. Please see our Water Policy. This policy also reflects our commitment to the human right to water.

Does the company take measures to reduce the environmental impact of business travel?

Yes. The company encourages employees to take efforts to minimize business travel. We also utilize an online travel system that lists the emissions produced from travel and also helps us track Scope 3 emissions related to travel.

Assurance

Is your CR report or any of its data externally assured or verified?

The full CR Report has not been externally assured. However, last year, we successfully completed a third-party limited assurance review consistent with guidance provided by ISO 14064-3 of our GHG emissions inventory. This assurance process was under the supervision of the VP of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.

Does the company have a Biodiversity Action Plan?

The company does not currently have a global Biodiversity Action Plan. However, we understand the importance of biodiversity, and some of the priorities of our sustainable agriculture program include efficient use of irrigation water to reduce extraction of water from natural systems and efficient use of fertilizer to reduce pollution of surface and groundwater resources, as well as GHGs and the associated impact on diverse ecosystems. For more information, see the Sustainable Agriculture section of the CR Report.

Human Rights

Does the company have a Human Rights Policy?

Yes. Please see Campbell’s Human Rights Principles.

Is there a senior-level person responsible for implementation of the policy?

Yes. The Vice President Corporate Compliance & Deputy General Counsel and the Chief Procurement Officer are responsible for its implementation.

Is there a senior-level person responsible for non-discrimination issues?

Yes. The Vice President Corporate Compliance & Deputy General Counsel has this responsibility.

What percentage of your workforce is unionized or covered by collective bargaining agreements?

36 percent.

Has the company been subject to any organized labor actions within the last 12 months?

No.

Has the company been fined or disciplined by the EEOC in the past three years?

No.

Does the company have a policy that includes a commitment to the provision of fair and equal wages regardless of gender?

Yes. Both the company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and its Human Rights Principles reflect our commitment to fair and equal wages.

Has the company been subject to any human rights litigation in the past five years?

No.

Has the company been involved in any human rights controversies in the past five years?

No.

Has the company been fined by any governmental organization related to human rights issues in the past five years?

No.

Has the company been subject to fines or disciplinary action by the EEOC in the past three years?

No.

Has the company been subject to any organized labor actions, including strikes, at any of its global locations in the past year?

No.

What are the company’s subcontractor/supplier standards with regard to labor/health and safety issues?

Please see Campbell’s Supply Base Requirements and Expectations Manual.

Does the company have any SA8000-certified facilities?

No.

Workplace Safety

What percentage of Campbell’s workforce is represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs?

100 percent. All of our locations have some form of health and safety committee with representation from all employee levels. In some countries the composition of those committees is legislated.

Has there been a fatal accident at Campbell Soup Company in the past three reporting years?

No.

Has the company received any health and safety fines or violations or been subject to any disciplinary action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the past full reporting year?

Yes. There were minor violations at our Bolthouse Farms operations. These can be found on the OSHA website.

Workplace Benefits

Does the company offer employee benefits that extend beyond the basics?

Yes. While employee benefits may vary for global locations, Campbell offers a robust employee benefits package that may include paid sick days, paid vacation, bereavement leave, education benefits, relocation assistance, health insurance (individual and family), dental insurance (individual and family), vision insurance, domestic partner benefits, life insurance, disability insurance (including long-term), flexible spending accounts (health care and child care), stock options, bonus plans, 401(k) savings plans, an onsite daycare center (WHQ), onsite fitness center (WHQ), paid maternity and paternity leave, adoption assistance, retiree health care.

Does Campbell Soup Company offer corporate benefits to both same- and opposite-sex couples?

Yes.

Does the company have a workplace flexibility policy?

Yes.

Human Resources

Does the company have a commitment to manage reorganizations in a responsible manner?

Yes. The company takes several internal measures to ensure that reorganizations are handled in a responsible manner. The company seeks to limit layoffs and dismissals, but sometimes this is unavoidable. In these situations we have policies and practices in place, including a severance policy.

Have significant job cuts occurred at the company in the past five years?

There have been job reductions in line with external benchmarks to drive productivity and the company’s performance in a challenging global economic environment.

What is the company’s average employee turnover rate over the past five years?

The voluntary turnover rate in FY2015 for our global operations was 14 percent. The involuntary turnover rate was 7 percent. This does not include Bolthouse Farms and Kelsen businesses or some of our operations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

However, Bolthouse Farms also had a voluntary turnover rate of 14 percent and an involuntary turnover rate of 9 percent. We are working to fully integrate these calculations in the near future.

What is the ratio of the company’s directly employed workforce to its contract/seasonal employees?

Approximately 30 percent of Campbell Soup Company’s employee population globally are contract employees or seasonal workers.

Training and Development

Is there a senior person responsible for overseeing employee training and development?

Yes, the Sr. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer is responsible for overseeing employee training.

What is the average amount spent on training a full-time employee annually?

$600

Average number of hours spent per year on training per full-time salaried employee?

12 hours.

What is the percentage of employees who have an annual performance evaluation?

100 percent of employees receive an annual performance evaluation.

What is the company’s average annual employee compensation?

The average base compensation for employees globally in FY2015 was $33,672. This does not include Bolthouse Farms and Kelsen businesses or some of our operations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Workforce Demographics

What percentage of your workforce is full-time?

Full-time employees are 92.7 percent of our workforce, while part-time employees form 7.3 percent of our workforce. This does not include our Bolthouse Farms and Kelsen businesses or some of our operations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

What percentage of the company’s management force is considered a member of a minority group?

32 percent of our U.S. workforce is considered a minority. We do not track this for other countries.

What is the Company’s workforce composition by gender?

Of employees declaring, 44 percent of the company’s global workforce is female.

What percent of the company’s managers are female?

38 percent of the company’s managers are female. This does not include our Bolthouse Farms and Kelsen businesses or some of our operations in Indonesia and Malaysia. At Bolthouse Farms, 38 percent of the managers are also female.

Governance and Shareholder Democracy

Are the roles of CEO and chairman separate?

Yes.

What Board committees are made up of independent directors?

The Audit, Compensation and Organization, Finance and Corporate Development, and Governance committees.

What is the percentage of Board meetings attended by all directors?

In FY2015, the full Board convened seven times, the four standing committees met a total of 25 times, and all directors attended at least 94 percent of scheduled Board meetings and the sessions of the committees on which they served. A segment of every Board meeting was allocated exclusively for the directors to confer on relevant issues without the participation of management.

Is there a separate sustainability or corporate responsibility committee?

While there is no separate sustainability committee, corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship and sustainable development updates are shared with the Board and its committees periodically. CR and sustainability are addressed in regular communications to the Board and major shareholders. Some examples include public policy, environmental sustainability, health and wellness and emerging markets. Sustainability strategy and performance is specifically shared and discussed with the Audit Committee annually.

How does the company update employees on compliance issues or new policies?

Our CEO is instrumental in keeping our worldwide workforce aware of corporate policy statements on specific compliance issues as they occur. Business units issue other policies and guidelines throughout the year, as needed. A central Index of Standards and Procedures for Compliance, maintained by the legal department, provides a comprehensive inventory of the policies, procedures and guidelines in use at the corporate level and within the individual businesses and functions. Similarly, a companion Central Index of Mechanisms for Monitoring and Auditing Compliance is maintained by the legal department to confirm responsibility for ascertaining that the policies and procedures are being followed.

What types of corporate policies and guidelines are in place at the company?

Revised corporate policies and guidelines are issued every year. Existing policy statements that are regularly reviewed and revised as needed include:

Risk Management

Does the company conduct a risk-based assessment related to environmental, governance and social issues?

Yes. Campbell’s legal department prepares a comprehensive report on current legal exposures, trends and risks that is presented to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. This report assesses the risks faced by the company in its businesses and in the geographies in which the company does business.

Does the company perform a comprehensive due diligence exercise before establishing joint ventures and/or evaluating prospective contractors and suppliers?

Yes. Campbell has an internal process through which it conducts comprehensive due diligence when considering joint ventures or prospective suppliers.

Product Safety

Does the company have a policy on the use of nanotechnologies in packaging or products?

Yes, our Supply Base Requirements and Expectations Manual states that “supply base providers may be permitted to use nanotechnology on a case-by-case basis. Consideration shall be given to the appropriate regulations and technology. Supply base providers shall inform Campbell when ingredients are derived from nanotechnology or when materials in direct contact with ingredients are derived from nanotechnology for proper safety evaluation.”

Does the company have a goal to remove BPA from its packaging?

Yes. Campbell is committed to removing Bisphenol A (BPA) from our metal packaging material, and the company is on track to have 75 percent of its soup portfolio in non-BPA-lined cans by December 2016. The company is also currently testing alternatives to BPA coatings used on other packaging, including aluminum cans used for V8 beverages and metal screw top lids on glass jars. The company is on track to transition these products to a non-BPA solution by the middle of 2017.

International Operations

Does the company have operations in Burma, Israel, Israel-occupied territories, Russia or Northern Ireland?

No. Please see our location map for our current list of operations.

Advertising and Marketing

Does the company have policies on responsible advertising/marketing to children?

Yes. Please see the following policies:

Global Guidelines for Responsible Advertising to Children

Commitment Concerning Advertising to Children (U.S.)

Does the company report advertising disputes?

We do not currently report advertising disputes in which we may be involved. However, the National Advertising Division reports advertising disputes of all kinds — not just those specific to Campbell. Some of these disputes may be ones we have with other company advertising.

To review the details of specific resolutions, see Dispute Resolutions.

Does the company restrict the use of media/fantasy personalities in advertising and/or in-school vending?

In addition to its policies on advertising, Campbell is a member of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative in the U.S., which includes a pledge to ensure that everything we advertise to kids is a “better-for-you” choice. While it does not specifically restrict the use of media/fantasy personalities, embedded toys, pester power or “in-school” vending, it does restrict in-school marketing to kids.

Consumer Health

What are the company’s health and nutrition targets and action plans?

While we do not have specific health and nutrition targets, we are committed to offering consumers healthy and nutritious food products and the knowledge to inform their choice.

Supply Chain

Are business partners (including contractors, suppliers, agents) covered by the company’s policies on environmental, social and governance issues?

No. They are covered by the Supply Base Requirements and Expectations Manual.

Is there a clearly defined senior person responsible for supply chain labor standards?

Yes. The Chief Procurement Officer has this responsibility.

What are the company’s subcontractor/supplier standards with regard to labor/health and safety issues?

They are covered by the Supply Base Requirements and Expectations Manual.

Has the company experienced any major social controversies, fines or settlements relating to subcontractor/supplier activities?

No.

Animal Welfare

Does the company have a sustainable seafood purchasing policy?

Concern over the sustainable sourcing of seafood from our oceans has gained more attention in recent years, as the negative effects of overfishing and destructive fishing practices have become more apparent. Supply chain mapping of the seafood category has helped us to narrow our seafood sustainability focus to clams, the primary seafood species we purchase. Campbell’s primary seafood ingredient is clams, and we continue to source U.S. clams for our products since these are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which maintains a quota on the number of clams harvested by any one source, safeguarding against harvesting of clams.

Does Campbell have an animal welfare policy?

Campbell’s animal welfare policy is covered in the Supply Base Requirements and Expectations Manual.

Genetically Modified Ingredients

What is the company’s position on genetically modified (GMO) ingredients?

In January 2016, Campbell updated its position on GMO ingredients. Please see the company’s press release, which is reiterated below:

  • Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced its support for the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
  • Campbell believes it is necessary for the federal government to provide a national standard for labeling requirements to better inform consumers about this issue. The company will advocate for federal legislation that would require all foods and beverages regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be clearly and simply labeled for GMOs. Campbell is also supportive of a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging.
  • As a result of its decision to support mandatory national GMO labeling, Campbell will withdraw from all efforts led by coalitions and groups opposing such measures.
  • The company continues to oppose a patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws, which it believes are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers.
  • Campbell is optimistic a federal solution can be established in a reasonable amount of time if all the interested stakeholders cooperate. However, if that is not the case, Campbell is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients that were derived from GMOs, not just those required by pending legislation in Vermont. The company would seek guidance from the FDA and approval by USDA.
  • Campbell continues to recognize that GMOs are safe, as the science indicates that foods derived from crops grown using genetically modified seeds are not nutritionally different from other foods. The company also believes technology will play a crucial role in feeding the world.
  • Campbell has been engaged in the conversation about GMO labeling for several years and has taken action to provide consumers with more information about how its products are made, including the presence of GMOs, through efforts like its website www.whatsinmyfood.com. With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.1
  • More information about the rationale behind Campbell’s decision can be found on Campbell’s newsroom.

1. Consumer Reports, 2014

Public Policy

Does the company actively participate in the discussion of local, state, national and international public policy issues?

Yes. We engage in issues that are relevant to our business strategies and operations, from food safety and advertising to health care and international trade. We also contribute to public dialogue on policy issues through our memberships in food and related industry trade associations. Committed to industry-wide transparency, we emphasize candid dialogue and open interactions with government agencies and officials.

Does the company have policies for political engagement and does it disclose political contributions?

Yes, Campbell is recognized as a leader in political accountability. Campbell’s U.S. lobbying disclosure reports are filed with the appropriate state and federal authorities under the U.S. Lobby Disclosure Act. We also file disclosure reports with the Election Law Enforcement Commission for lobbying activity with the State of New Jersey. Campbell has a formal set of Political Accountability Guidelines and related disclosures, which are available on the company’s public website.

In the U.S., Campbell does not endorse any individual political party or candidate, but we do encourage voluntary political activity by our employees. Our employees can contribute funds to political candidates and organizations engaged in policy issues that are important to our company, such as food manufacturing standards and worker safety, through Campbell’s Political Action Committee (PAC), a segregated fund that is affiliated with the company. Contributions made by the Campbell PAC are publicly reported, in accordance with federal law. To view the Campbell PAC’s disclosures of contributions and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), visit the FEC website.