Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing, today announced meaningful progress against its priority 2020 sustainability commitments. In the company’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report, Keurig details the continued evolution of its sustainability programs to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the lives of coffee farmers, and positively impact local communities.
Keurig’s 2017 Sustainability Report details the significant improvements made in the following key areas:
- Achieved its 2020 water stewardship target three years ahead of schedule, restoring 6,154 million litres of water.
- Made significant progress to achieve 100 per cent of K-Cup pods are recyclable in Canada by the end of 2018 and in all of North America by the end of 2020.
- Closing in on achieving zero waste to landfill from operations in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.
- Engaged a cumulative 485,000 people in the company’s supply chain to improve their lives since setting the target in 2014, through various initiatives that resulted in better farming practices, new sources of income and food and access to clean water.
- Engaged 78 per cent of employees in opportunities ranging from education and volunteerism to company-sponsored trips to coffee farms around the world.
“The progress we’ve made on our sustainability commitments is a clear example of how we are driving positive impact throughout our business and extending to the people and places we touch around the world,” said Monique Oxender, Keurig’s chief sustainability officer. “The initiatives we’ve implemented have resulted in better agricultural practices for our coffee farmers and improved their access to clean water; reduced waste and energy across our operations; and improved the relationships we have with our local communities.”
In working to reduce, reuse, recycle and restore, Keurig made great strides in reducing its environmental impact and achieved its target to restore 100 per cent of water used in brewed beverages. Coming on the heels of significant emissions reductions achieved in 2016, the company continues to meet environmental targets ahead of schedule. With the help of key partners like the Nature Conservancy, Keurig has improved the quality and availability of water for people and nature. Partnering for environmental impact extends to the company’s commitment to making K-Cup pods fully recyclable by 2020. Keurig is working with organizations, including the Recycling Partnership, to ensure consistent and clear consumer education, resulting in better recycling behaviours, and the Closed Loop Fund to support the expansion of recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies that advance the circular economy.
Keurig reaches coffee communities around the world, and has made it a top priority to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers within its supply chain so they can better support their families, lead healthier lives and continue producing high-quality coffee. Through unique initiatives and ongoing partnerships with organizations such as Root Capital, Catholic Relief Services and World Coffee Research, Keurig has improved the lives of more than 485,000 people across its coffee supply chain, reaching toward its goal to impact one million people. The company continues to elevate its commitment to responsibly source 100 percent of its coffee by 2020, working with certification and verification organizations, including Fair Trade, the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ.
With a “Better Together” vision, Keurig is working toward engaging 100 percent of employees throughout the company – through volunteering, education and source trips to coffee farms – and ensuring each employee has the opportunity to make an impact in their local communities and around the world. With employees at the heart of the organization, 78 percent participated in opportunities to strengthen communities and logged more than 50,000 volunteer hours in our fiscal year 2017.
As we look ahead to our future as a Keurig Dr Pepper company, Keurig Canada will remain committed to a sustainable future we can all be proud of. We will evaluate our opportunities for both the short and long term over the coming months, while looking to an even more ambitious future. We’ll also continue to find innovative ways to redefine the coffee experience and make a positive impact with our business, product, people, and relationships, from source to cup and beyond.
About Keurig Dr Pepper
Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig, Dr Pepper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Canada Dry, Snapple, Bai, Mott’s and The Original Donut Shop. The company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.
About Keurig Canada
Keurig Canada, a KDP company, provides a broad range of premium coffees, teas and other beverages in a variety of formats, as well as Keurig single-serve coffee makers. The organization offers over 180 varieties of beverages marketed under more than 35 flagship brands, including Van Houtte, Timothy’s World Coffee, Barista Prima Coffeehouse, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Tully’s Coffee and Café Escapes. Keurig Canada is also a recognized leader in sustainability thanks to its various programs supporting local and global communities, as well as its initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Its commitment to offer only recyclable K-Cup pods in Canada by the end of 2018 is a great example.
The company’s Canadian principal office, executive team, and coffee roasting and beverage packaging plants are located in Montréal, Québec. Also located in Québec are Keurig Canada’s subsidiaries, VKI Technologies Inc. and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. Together, they offer innovative beverage services to out-of-home customers from branch offices in 30 Canadian cities. Keurig is a privately held company owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co. To learn more about our company, visit http://corp.keurig.ca/. To purchase Keurig products, visit www.keurig.ca
Source: Keurig Canada