It is an exciting time at Crown, both in terms of where we are as a business and what lies ahead for our sustainability journey.
Since our last report in 2017, our product portfolio, geographic footprint and employee base have expanded significantly with the addition of our Transit Packaging Division and strategic investments in our beverage can business in several regions of the world. Even with all that change, and a 5% increase in production of beverage and food cans, we have stayed laser-focused on safety and well-being, efficiency, resource management, governance and innovation, which together serve as the backbone of our sustainability strategy.
That steadfast commitment has been ingrained in our culture since we were founded more than 125 years ago with an innovation that extended the shelf life of beverages and reduced waste. We have worked hard to achieve our first formal external sustainability goals and are proud of our continued progress. As of December 31, 2018, we were in striking distance of our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and decreased our absolute emissions despite an increase in production levels for both metal and glass packaging. This kind of progress demonstrates our ability to grow our global operations in ways that benefit our customers and shareholders and minimizes impact on the environment. We are grateful to our global team for their drive, innovative thinking and commitment to continuous improvement - all key factors in our success. You can read more about the incredible work they are doing throughout this report.