Responsible sourcing

Our focus on sustainable and responsible sourcing is all about delivering excellent results.

Sustainable and responsible sourcing is a priority for our business. For us, it’s about delivering excellent results. For two consecutive years, we have received the maximum industry score against the raw material sourcing indicator of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index assessment. Sustainable sugar sourcing and expanded risk assessment played a vital role in this achievement.

Selecting our suppliers

To select our suppliers, we have developed rigorous pre-assessment criteria. We use a robust audit process, risk assessment and SEDEX, the supplier ethical data exchange; take part in Ecovadis, the supplier sustainability ratings provider, and check whether potential suppliers hold ISO 9001, 14001, FSSC 22000 and OHSAS 18001 certification. In addition, for agricultural commodities, we refer to standards from the Rain Forest Alliance, Fair Trade, Bon Sucro, SAI Platform and the Forest Stewardship Council.

We are committed to achieving a 100 percent sustainable supply chain and to reduce our supply chain impacts by 2020.

Our sustainable supply value creation initiatives with our supply partners are critical in supporting our long-term goals. 

We also require all our suppliers to follow the ethical standards, employment, environmental and work safety practices set out in our Supplier Guiding Principles (PDF, 88kb). Agricultural suppliers must meet our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (PDF, 349kb), while ingredient and primary packaging suppliers are required to comply with food safety standards.

Eliminating imports across our territory

We are working with our key packaging and ingredients suppliers to achieve our 2020 sustainability targets, supporting a reduction in our carbon footprint, local sourcing and sustainable agriculture.

We continue to work with the Russian sugar industry to develop its beet sugar capacity. Our goal is to eliminate the need to import sugar for our Russian operations. This will optimise logistics - so reducing our carbon footprint - as well as deliver socio-economic benefits to local communities.

We follow a similar path in Belarus, Ukraine, Serbia and Switzerland by sourcing sugar locally, so supporting local beet sugar producers. In Nigeria we are collaborating with sugar suppliers to develop local agriculture by investing in locally grown cane.

In juices, we reinforce our local sourcing strategy by optimising logistics cost through sourcing local apple juice in Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Russia and Ukraine; peach and apricot juice in Greece, Italy and Serbia; orange juice in Greece; and tomato juice in Ukraine.

We have made significant progress in sourcing packaging from local markets:

  • 100 percent of metal cans are sourced from local manufacturers in Nigeria, avoiding imports from Europe.
  • 100 percent of our glass bottle requirements are sourced locally in Nigeria and Russia
  • In Russia, Italy and Nigeria, all our PET resin and preform volumes are locally sourced
  • Over 90 percent of the volume for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia aseptic fibre packaging is localised
  • 85 percent of our plastic labels are sourced locally.