Fragrance brands

Newell Brands Releases 2021 Corporate Citizenship Report and Sets 2040 Carbon Neutral Target for All Scope 1 and 2 Emissions

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL) today announced the release of its annual report 2021 Corporate Citizenship Report, Creating Shared Value. The third annual report showcases Newell Brands’ progress on its corporate citizenship goals to create more sustainable products, reduce operational impacts, prioritize employee success and growth, and invest in communities. Newell Brands is proud of its accomplishments over the past year while dealing with the longer-term impacts of COVID-19, including global supply chain pressures, inflation, labor shortages, work and persistent health and safety issues.

“We are delighted to share our 2021 Corporate Citizenship Report and I am delighted to announce our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 for all Scope 1 and 2 emissions in our portfolio. This commitment symbolizes a significant step forward in our efforts to do our part in the fight against climate change,” said Ravi Saligram, President and CEO of Newell Brands. “We significantly improved employee engagement and continued to drive our diversity, inclusion and belonging programs, including making progress on the overall representation of people of color in the United States. I commend our 32,000 employees for embracing corporate citizenship as a key tenet of our culture and for making Newell Brands a force for good in the world.

In 2021, Newell Brands conducted its first materiality assessment to better understand the corporate citizenship topics most important to stakeholders. Based on the materiality assessment, Newell Brands turned to four corporate citizenship focus areas that guide the company’s reporting, including products, planet, people and communities. Across all four areas, the achievements highlighted in the report include:

Some products

  • Introduces Innovation Operating Model, a product innovation strategy that incorporates new sustainable design tools.

  • Added a new 2025 packaging target of using at least 20% non-virgin material (recycled content) in plastic packaging for Newell manufactured products.

  • Seventy designers participated in the Earth Day Design Jam and created concepts to turn waste into new products.

  • Nearly 83,000 pounds of Home Fragrance products have been collected and recycled through a partnership with TerraCycle since its launch in 2020.


  • A cross-functional climate working group has been set up to create a climate policy and establish a carbon neutrality plan. Newell Brands is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 for all Scope 1 and 2 emissions in its global portfolio.

  • Piloted an eight-week energy management program across eight sites that identified 6.2 million kWh of excess energy that could be reduced.

  • Thirteen facilities around the world have submitted projects for consideration under the Newell Brands Sustainability Excellence Awards program.


  • Improved employee engagement score to 75, in line with global benchmarks and a significant improvement over previous employee engagement surveys.

  • Achieved 35% representation of women among direct reports to business unit CEOs and center-led functional heads as part of the company’s diversity, inclusion and belonging goals.

  • Launched three new leadership development programs for employees worldwide.

  • Reported an overall recordable incident rate of 0.62 which is considered a world class level among manufacturers.


  • Donated over 15 million products worth nearly $17 million to support communities in need.

  • Through the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation, supported 14 nonprofit organizations in eight communities across the United States through the Foundation’s Local Impact Grants program.

  • Created the company’s first matching gift program where employees can donate to three different organizations and funds are matched dollar-for-dollar through the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation.

  • Philanthropic goal set to invest $1 million in our communities through the Local Impact Grants program by 2025.

Newell Brands understands that operating sustainably and giving back are essential to long-term business success. The report provides the latest information reported by the company against the frameworks of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). More information on these and other sustainability achievements can be found in the full report and Abstract. Visit to learn more about the company’s corporate citizenship programs.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands including Rubbermaid, FoodSaver, Calphalon, Sistema, Sharpie, Paper Mate, Dymo, EXPO, Elmer’s, Yankee Candle, Graco, NUK, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Spontex, Coleman, Campingaz, Contigo, Oster, Sunbeam and Mr. Coffee. Newell Brands’ beloved, planet-friendly brands enhance and brighten consumers’ lives at home and away by creating moments of joy, building confidence and providing peace of mind.

This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website,

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions, including future results objectives and projections, the expected execution and effect of our sustainability and citizenship strategies and initiatives, as well as the amounts and timing of their expected impact. These statements are based on management’s expectations and beliefs regarding future events affecting the company. Many factors beyond our control, including competitive pressures, changing legal and regulatory requirements, and societal and market conditions globally and in the markets in which we operate, could cause results to vary. real.

There can be no assurance that such future events will occur as anticipated. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them publicly. Please refer to the cautionary statements set forth in the “Forward-Looking Statements” section and under the heading “Risk Factors” in Newell Brands’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for other factors that could affect such forward-looking statements.