conservation, restoration and reduction
reduce our carbon footprint across our entire value chain
only use what’s necessary and design for reuse
Our strong belief in our value of Growing for Good means that we will keep working together to improve our environment
Michelle Norman – Director of Sustainability,
Suntory Beverage and Food Europe
Water is in everything we do as a business. Protecting this precious resource for future generations is a key part of our purpose. To ensure our business continues to be sustained by nature and water, we are constantly innovating to develop sustainable water management practices at our factories and in our local communities.
To achieve our global objective to reduce water at our production plants by 35% by 2030 we are implementing a number of water reduction and reuse initiatives in our factories. We are also sharing best practices internally to increase the efficiency of our water use.
Working to relieve water stress and educate about the water cycle is of critical importance to the sustainability of our business. In many of the countries where we operate we are working on water conservation and education programmes in our local communities, often in collaboration with not-for-profit organisations.
We’re committed to tackling climate change by reducing our carbon emissions across our whole value chain. We have set clear, science-based targets to reduce our emissions from both our factories and our supply chain, with the objective of having net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We track our carbon footprint annually to measure our progress against those targets and to be transparent in our reporting.
Since 2015, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by a quarter. This is thanks to our new energy and water-efficient bottling line at our Gloucestershire factory, continued investment in warehousing and operations efficiencies and using increasing amounts of recycled plastic (rPET) in our primary packaging.
from manufacturing (scope 1+2) by 2030 v 2019
from our value chain (scope 3) by 2030 v 2019
Net zero by 2050
Our global company ambition is to only use 100% sustainable plastic bottles by 2030. Quite simply that means we will no longer use plastic bottles that have been made using plastic derived from fossil fuel. To achieve that we have set ourselves the objective of using a minimum of 50% recycled plastic content in all our bottles by 2025 or sooner, and by 2030 we will only use recycled plastic.
We are designing our products for circularity, and making sure that 100% of our packaging is recyclable by 2025 or sooner. We also want as many of our drinks’ containers collected and recycled – and that’s why we fully support effective deposit return schemes or best-in-class alternatives. By investing in new technology, we can increase the amount of plastic recycled and that is why we are working with emerging green technology partners such as Carbios.
We're also reducing our use of packaging across our supply chain, and where we can we're changing to more sustainable alternatives. And we're working on new reusable drinks containers, so people can still enjoy our drinks time and time again.
All packaging 100% recyclable by 2025 or sooner
A minimum 50% rPET content by 2025 or sooner.
100% sustainable beverage bottles by 2030.
We want our production facilities to be zero waste to landfill, as part of our ambition to eliminate waste across the entire value chain by implementing circular economy principles. Our efforts in increasing the amount of recycled and recyclable materials in our bottles and packaging also contribute to this objective.
Reducing food waste from our production is another of our objectives. For example, we redirect surplus product to food bank charities and community organisations to support vulnerable people in need. Since partnering with FareShare in 2018 – an incredible charity which help redistribute surplus drinks to frontline charities– we’ve donated more than 425 tonnes of our drinks that would otherwise go to waste - the equivalent of 2 million meals!
to landfill in our production facilities
reduction from production by 2030
Climate change and non-sustainable farming practices harm our environment and have an impact on biodiversity. As a business that works closely with farmers and suppliers for the fruit for our soft drink brands, we want to have a positive influence.
We are developing biodiversity plans - such as our long-standing biodiversity action plans with our Ribena blackcurrant growers, working with local suppliers and developing sustainability and environmental guidelines for our supply chain to improve water and energy use and minimise our carbon footprint.
Investing in sustainable and innovative agricultural practices are critical to the long-term viability of the crops that provide our precious ingredients. That is why we are piloting a number of regenerative agriculture projects across the Suntory Group, collaborating with farmers, soil management experts and academic institutions to better understand how we can improve soil health and enhance biodiversity.
There’s nothing our growers don’t know about blackcurrants, who in some cases are fourth and fifth generation farmers whose knowledge stems beyond even our own. As guardians of the ground, our growers play a key role in helping to bring our growing for good vision to life by, well…. growing!
Take a look at how they collectively protect the 4,000 acres of British countryside where our blackcurrants grow.