Report details company-wide carbon and water footprint reductions and progress against sustainability plan.
May 10, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released its seventh company-wide corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) report, “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?”
The plan defines the company’s new sustainability vision, commitments and more challenging targets as it seeks to grow its business while building a more sustainable tomorrow.
The report demonstrates how CCE is delivering against its thirty seven targets in each of its seven CRS focus areas: energy and climate change; sustainable packaging and recycling; water stewardship; product portfolio; active healthy living; community, and; workplace.There is more of a focus on energy and climate change, and sustainable packaging and recycling, and addresses how the company plans to innovate for the future.
“We have made important progress in the past year to reduce our water and carbon impacts while growing our business,” says John F. Brock, chairman and chief executive officer. “We know that taking broader accountability across our value chain is the right thing to do, and to create a more sustainable tomorrow, we will work even more closely with customers, suppliers and other partners.”
Key 2011/2012 progress includes reducing carbon emissions from the manufacture, distribution and cooling of CCE’s products by 8.4 percent while growing volume by 3.5 percent, and reducing the company’s water use ratio by 13 percent since 2007. In 2011, CCE announced a plastics recycling joint venture with ECO Plastics in Great Britain which, when operational, will enable the company to include 25 per cent rPET (recycled Polyethylene terephthalate) in all its plastic packaging in Great Britain this year.
“As we move forward on our CRS journey, we realize that we don’t have all the answers,” adds Brock. “Innovation and collaboration with our stakeholders is key, particularly in the context of the macroeconomic and societal challenges we continue to face. In partnership with our stakeholders, we seek to continue developing CRS solutions that benefit our company, our industry and society at large.”
The report can be accessed at: www.ccesustainabilityplan.com/crsreport2011-12.