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Sustainable Sourcing

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Creating a sustainable supply chain

As a business, we rely on a sustainable supply of agricultural crops such as sugar cane and sugar beet as sweeteners, pulp and paper for our packaging and labels, and coffee and juices as the main ingredients in some of our other products. As a key consumer of these ingredients, we recognise our role in making sure they are sourced sustainably.

We have a responsibility to hold ourselves and our suppliers to high sourcing standards – ensuring that the agricultural ingredients we use are sourced sustainably, in a way which respects human and labour

rights, minimises environmental impacts, supports farmers and sustains local livelihoods. We also have a responsibility to ensure that our suppliers are employing workers in a legal way – avoiding any form of slavery, forced or child labour or human trafficking.

We know that our greatest environmental impacts occur outside our own business in our value chain. It’s therefore essential that we collaborate with our suppliers and seek to improve our partners’ performance as well as our own. Sustainability is embedded in, and supported by, our procurement strategy, processes and supplier relationships and is enhanced by joint projects with suppliers in areas such as agriculture, packaging and transportation.

As much of our purchasing, particularly of our key agricultural ingredients, is done together with other members of the Coca-Cola system, we have made a joint commitment with The Coca-Cola Company to source 100 percent of our key agricultural ingredients sustainably by 2020. 

Supplier Guiding Principles

All bottlers within the Coca-Cola system follow The Coca-Cola Company’s Supplier Guiding Principles (SGPs). These set out the minimum requirements we

expect of our suppliers in areas such as workplace policies and practices,

health and safety, human rights, environmental protection and business integrity. We work with suppliers to build SGPs into all new contracts and into multi-year contracts as they renew. In 2016, contracts incorporating SGPs accounted for 79.6 percent of our spending with suppliers, in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

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Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles

One of the main ways we are making progress is through our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGPs). Developed in

partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and covering 14 of the Coca-Cola system’s agricultural ingredients, they define what we mean by sustainable sourcing and include standards that agricultural suppliers are expected to meet in terms of human and workplace rights, the environment and farm management systems. Within CCEP they apply to key agricultural ingredients such as beet and cane sugar, orange, apple and lemon juice, coffee, and pulp and paper.