Coca-Cola: sourcing the biggest sustainability challenge faced by suppliers

By Nye Longman
A survey of Coca-Cola Enterprises suppliers has revealed that sustainable sourcing (77 percent), community (54 percent) and resource scarcity (46 percen...

A survey of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ suppliers has revealed that sustainable sourcing (77 percent), community (54 percent) and resource scarcity (46 percent) are the top three sustainability issues expected to impact business over the next two years.

Findings of the survey were discussed at CCE’s annual Supplier Sustainability Webinar, which provided CCE and over 150 of its suppliers with an opportunity to understand how to build a sustainable future together.

CCE updated its Sustainability Plan to ensure that its targets remain in line with stakeholder expectations. Its updated commitments are closely aligned with the issues identified by suppliers in this latest survey, including:

Sustainable sourcing: Working with its suppliers to ensure that it sustainably sources 100 percent of its key agricultural ingredients by 2020;

Community: Supporting the skills development and learning skills of 250,000 young people each year;

Resource scarcity: Supporting the development of a circular economy, using recycled and renewable materials and recycling more packaging than it uses.

Ron Lewis, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Enterprises said: “Our annual Supplier Sustainability Webinar has been a great success and I’m pleased to see that a large number of our suppliers joined us today to take part in the discussion. We can’t achieve great sustainability results by ourselves, so involving suppliers across our carbon value chain is critical.

“The results of our supplier survey are fully aligned with our sustainability journey. Sustainable agriculture, community and resource scarcity are top of our agenda and we will continue to address these issues together with climate change, wellbeing and water in the future.”

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