Only one planet
We try to produce our drinks as resource efficiently as possible
Our supply chain is outsourced to third parties, and since day one we’ve always chosen to work with suppliers that share our passion for creating a responsible business and leaving things a little bit better than we find them. It’s extremely important to us that the suppliers we work with share our values and we work with them on an ongoing basis to reduce energy, water and waste in our supply chain, and to increase the redistribution and recycling of unavoidable waste.
We set ambitious targets with our bottling suppliers each year, monitor and discuss performance with them quarterly and work with them on projects that will help them reach their goals. Our sites now recycle well over 80% of their dry waste; one of them has just achieved zero waste to landfill. The majority of our liquid waste goes to animal feed or anaerobic digestion. In addition to working closely with our bottlers, read on to find out how we stay on top of our ingredient supply chain.
How did we do in 2012?
We did pretty well in 2012, but we didn’t hit all of our targets. We saw lots of efficiency improvements across our suppliers, ranging from new bits of energy saving kit to smarter ways of sorting waste. We also saw a few big challenges, particularly the introduction of some new packaging formats and lots of new products, which meant lots of trials. Building and testing new formats is particularly resource-intensive, but it’s set us up well for the next few years.
In 2012 and 2013, while continuing to encourage our sites to invest in large energy, water and waste reduction projects, we’ve also started to focus on engaging and training the factory workers to leave things a little bit better than they find them. It’s all very well getting the management teams to behave more sustainably but to achieve a truly sustainable supply chain we need to get everyone that works for us in the factories on board. In 2013 we introduced an engagement measure, in addition to the energy, water and waste performance indicators we’ve been measuring for years. For us to view them as fully engaged, each site has to have a dedicated person responsible for sending us their sustainability data each quarter, discussing the data with us, and making sure the projects stay on track. We’re thrilled to now have a motivated sustainability champion at all of our production sites.