Heinz Beanz are a favourite and a kitchen staple in many households in the UK. However, there is definitely space for improvement in terms of sustainability for Heinz. They do share the origin countries for their ingredients, however, this is the bare minimum of information. This brand could benefit from more transparency, such as more details about their production process, their emissions and names of their suppliers. It is important for consumers to demand this information from Heinz.
Most of the beans used by Heinz are grown in the US and Canada, which means that they have a higher carbon footprint when transported to other countries. The tomatoes they use are grown in Spain and Portugal - which further increases the footprint, as all those ingredients need to be transported to Heinz’s factory in Wigan, UK, and then transported again to the stores across the world.
The beans are packaged into cans, which can be easily recycled.
The beans are cooked after they have been canned, using high-temperature steam. There is no available information about how energy intensive this method is. However, considering that the UK Heinz factory produces over 1 billion cans in a year, it is likely that their emissions are quite high. On their website, Heinz state that they are trying to make their products as sustainable as possible. However, in no way do they specify what that entails and how they are trying to achieve it.
The long shelf life of this product is a bonus for sustainability, since it means that it is less likely to be thrown out due to not being eaten on time, thus reducing food waste.
In their gender pay gap report, Kraft Heinz state that their gender pay gap is 6.5% higher for women than men, generally because more women in their company work for commerce rather than manufacturing. However, when examined in closer detail, it turns out that in the commerce sector men make 34.1% more than women. This is primarily because only 27.2% of their female employees are in the upper quartile. In the manufacturing sector, the mean pay gap is 10.7%.
Kraft Heinz require all their suppliers to comply with local laws on work hours, minimum age of employment and health and safety. They do not tolerate any type of abuse or discrimination. All suppliers are required to agree to certain monitoring practices, such as on-site inspections. However, there is no further information about how exactly Heinz continually monitor them or whether all of their suppliers actually follow this regulation.