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Action on Supply Chain

Our drinks depend on a sustainable supply of high quality agricultural ingredients - including sugar beet and sugarcane, fruit juices, tea and coffee. Yet, in many parts of the world, farming, agriculture, and biodiversity is under significant pressure due to population growth, increased demand for food products and the impacts of climate change.

As a key consumer of these ingredients, we have a responsibility to hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest sourcing standards, and have committed to ensuring that 100% of our main agricultural ingredients and raw materials are sourced sustainably and responsibly by 2020.

We have set out what this means in our Supplier Guiding Principles, our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles and Human Rights Policies – and we are committed to embedding sustainability, ethics and human rights – including respect for human and labour rights, environmental impacts, and the need to support farmers and sustain local livelihoods - into our supply chains. 

We also have a responsibility to ensure that our suppliers comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, by employing workers in a legal way, paying them fairly and treating them with respect – avoiding any form of slavery, forced or child labour or human trafficking.

Our action on supply chain supports UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10 on Reduced Inequalities and Goal 15 on Life on Land.

Collaboration will also be critical to ensuring our ability to deliver the goals set out in our Sustainability Action Plan. To do so will work together with a wide range of external partners to make a collective difference and support UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

More about our commitments

We’ll continue to embed sustainability, ethics and human rights into our supply chain:

Through our supply chain, we operate in every corner of the world. The people and communities that help to grow and deliver the raw materials we need to make our products are instrumental to our business. We have a duty to respect and protect the human rights of everyone across our system – from our own employees to the farm workers in our supply chain.  Our Human Rights policies are aligned to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and we expect all of our suppliers to adhere to our Supplier Guiding Principles by 2020.  There is more to do – we will continue to develop policies, principles and processes to help ensure human rights are respected and protected, and work to identify and address any gaps at every point of our business, and along our supply chain.

 

We’ll make sure 100% of our main agricultural ingredients and raw materials come from sustainable sources by 2020:

We are committed to sourcing 100% of our main agricultural ingredients and raw materials sustainably and responsibly by 2020.  Our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles and Criteria (SAGPs) define what ‘sustainable sourcing’ means to us and set out what we expect of our supply chain partners. We will continue to partner with expert organisations, like the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), to ensure that all of our suppliers are fully able to meet our expectations for sustainable sourcing by 2020.