Mondelēz Australia has launched its first economic and social report, detailing its contributions to the Australian economy and local communities in 2022.
The Making the Right Impact report explains how the company has made an economic contribution of nearly $1 billion in overall gross value to the Australian economy and local communities.
Darren O’Brien, President of Mondelēz Australia, Japan, New Zealand, said they’re a global company with local roots and a national focus.
“Ninety per cent of what we sell in Australia is made right here across our seven plants. On top of that, much of the produce we source is Australian, from the sugar cane in Queensland, to the fresh milk from our fifty-two dairy farmers in Tasmania.”
“Australian consumers are taking a view right across our value chain. They want to know where their snacks come from, how they’re made and who makes them. That’s why we’re releasing our 2022 economic and social contribution report: Mondelez Australia Making the Right Impact.”
The manufacturer, which makes iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, OREO cookies and Philadelphia Cream Cheese, has boosted its annual domestic procurement by 46 per cent since 2019, and last year alone sourced $970 million from more than 700 local producers and service suppliers.
The company has invested $402 million since 2019 in Australian manufacturing, including site and equipment upgrades, training, and processes to improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, and now has seven manufacturing plants across the country, with plans for an eighth in Tasmania in 2024.
It is also making strides in sustainability with the construction of one of the first advanced recycling facilities in Australia. Licella will use its innovative Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR™) technology to create a circular economy for soft plastic waste.
Mondelēz Australia directly employed 2050 people and indirectly supported 4024 jobs, and at Mondelēz Australia’s Hobart factory, the average employee tenure is 21 years.
Jamie Salter, Manufacturing Manager, said sustained investment in people and its Hobart plant has enabled the site to maintain its competitive edge and adapt to changing consumer preferences.
“Over the 37 years I’ve worked at Claremont, I’ve gained experience in health and safety, quality, manufacturing, and management. I’m proud to say that my family has 214 years of experience working with Cadbury and Mondelēz,” said Salter.
In addition to the company’s contributions through employment, investment and procurement, Mondelēz Australia continues to support local communities.
The Cadbury Women in Sport program supports the CommBank Matildas, the AFLW and Rugby Australia’s Wallaroos team, as well as community programs nationally. Over a ten-year period, Mondelēz Australia has invested nearly $50 million in Australian sport.