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Reducing our environmental impact

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Our business relies on water and other limited natural resources. We want to use those resources responsibly, preserving them for future generations.

Measuring and managing our environmental impact is not only important for the planet and the communities in which we work, it is essential for the financial sustainability of our supply chain and our business.

We are committed to minimising our environmental impact across our operations, and are working to extend environmental standards throughout our supply chain.

We know that today’s consumers are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of the brands they choose, and are looking for information to help them make informed decisions. That’s why we’ve been working on a series of assessments to help people better understand the environmental footprint of some of our most popular brands.

These assessments provide a summary of the carbon and water impact for each brand and how it compares to drinks such as water, milk and coffee. They also use everyday references (such as water used in shower) to help people easily understand each brand’s impact as well as providing details on how we are working to address these impacts. 

Use the links below to download environmental footprint assessments for seven of our key brands.

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Our 2020 targets

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to be reached by 2020, which were selected to ensure we help to achieve the UN’s Global Goals.

Our targets cover water, carbon emissions, sustainable packaging, and waste.

  • Reduce water use through a 50% improvement in water use efficiency.
  • Return 100% of wastewater from our operations to the environment safely.
  • Replenish the amount of water used in our final product in water-stressed areas.
  • Equip our suppliers with tools to protect water resources in the most water-stressed locations.
  • We improved our water efficiency by 43.8% against our 2007 baseline.
  • We recorded a 36% reduction in waste water polluting power.
  • Overall we replenished 60.5% of total water used in our final products in water-stressed areas.
  • We engaged 128 suppliers to disclose their water management practices through CDP's Supply Chain Water Programme, with an 86% response rate
  • Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from direct operations by 50%, and achieve a 30% reduction along the total supply chain.
  • Ensure all our new refrigeration equipment in trade is HFC-free, with a reduction in associated greenhouse gas emissions from 2015.
  • Improving energy efficiency in our operations.
  • Generating renewable energy at our sites.
  • Sourcing renewable or low-carbon energy.
  • Partnering to reduce carbon in our supply chain.
  • We've reduced absolute carbon emissions by 44.7% since 2007 and achieved a 27.1% reduction along the total supply chain.
  • 99.5% of fridges purchased were sourced as HFC-free.
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill.
  • Eliminating materials where possible.
  • Reducing materials.
  • Finding agricultural uses for waste.
  • Recycling packaging and other materials.
  • Recovering waste for energy.
  • We reduced our waste to landfill by 96.2% since 2007.

Packaging

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  • Reduce total packaging weight by 15%.
  • Increase recycled content to 45%.
  • Make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable.
  • Sustainably source all our paper and board packaging to ensure zero net deforestation.
  • Reducing packaging weight.
  • We achieved a 10.8% reduction in packaging weight since the 2009 baseline.
  • We have increased recycled content in our packaging by 40.5% since 2009.
  • We have improved the recyclability of our packaging by 98.7% since 2009.
  • Overall 94% of our paper and board packaging is sustainably sourced.

Packaging (plastic)

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  • These are 2025 targets and they were introduced in 2018.
  • Achieve 40% average recycled content in all plastic bottles (and 100% by 2030).
  • Ensure 10% of our plastics will be designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable in countries where we operate.
  • Working with suppliers and other partners to remove non-recyclable plastics from our products and to promote better recycling infrastructure in selected markets.
  • Achieved 0.02% average recycled content in all plastic bottles against our 2018 baseline.
  • 81% of our plastics are designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable against our 2018 baseline.