Coffee & Tea Climate Protection Question 2

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Question

Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year?

NL: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) de jaarlijkse absolute ‘klimaatvoetafdruk' van zijn eigen operaties gepubliceerd en is het bedrijf erin geslaagd deze algehele klimaatvoetafdruk te verminderen ten opzichte van het voorafgaande verslagjaar?

DE: Veröffentlicht der Markenhersteller eine absolute Klimabilanz zum eigenen Betrieb? Wurde die Klimabilanz im Vergleich zum letzten Berichtsjahr reduziert?

Reference

This question relates to Disclosure 305-1, 305-2, and 305-5 of the Global Reporting Initiative. A climate footprint is 'the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.' For this question, the climate footprint should include all greenhouse emissions (which are typically reported in terms of CO2 equivalent).

Please refer to Climate Protection Question 1 for a definition of what is included in the Scopes 1 and 2/'Own Operations' climate footprint.

Ranking Guidelines

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when either:

  • Companies publish a climate footprint of no more than two years old (e.g., a report published in 2016 qualifies up to and including 2018) as well as the results from the previous reporting year that give a clear breakdown of the inputs that contribute to this footprint (e.g. Scopes 1 and 2)
  • Or, companies indicate that they have reported their climate footprint on a publicly available website (e.g., the Carbon Disclosure Project), and the ranker has independently verified that it meets our criteria (see hints/reminders in section below).

AND:

  • Based on this information, the company has achieved an absolute reduction in its climate footprint compared to the previous reporting year, or reports that its operations are climate neutral.


A ‘No’ is applicable when:

  • The brand (company) has clearly not published the absolute climate footprint for its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The brand (company) has not reduced its climate footprint for its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous year.


A ‘?’ is applicable when:

  • Companies publish their climate footprint only relative to e.g. turnover, number of products sold, number of employees etc. The climate footprint should always be presented in absolute terms.
  • The published climate footprint is incomplete: e.g. some part of the company operations for Scopes 1 and 2 are excluded.
  • The published climate footprint does not indicate which scopes are included.
  • The published climate footprint is more than two years old, or no climate footprint for the previous reporting year is available.

Answering Guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of brand] publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for [previous reporting year] and [current reporting year], and has reduced its absolute climate footprint from [Amount] tons of CO2 to [Amount] tons of CO2.


Answer No:

  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of brand] does not publish the climate footprint of own operations, from [current reporting year] to [previous reporting year].
  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of brand] published the climate footprint of own operations, from [current reporting year] to [previous reporting year]; however, the [Brand / Company, brand owner of brand] reports [an increase, no reduction] in its absolute climate footprint.

To clarify our policy about assigning a '?' vs a 'No' here, questions that ask for specific data, measures or policies (e.g., does the company have a policy to combat global warming, did emissions decrease?) should receive a '?' if no information is provided. The rationale is that the company may have the data, but that we don't have access to it, and therefore cannot confidently state that policies are absent or emissions did not decrease. However, for questions that ask about the reporting (rather than existence) of data, measure or policies (e.g., whether a brand reports its climate footprint on its website), a 'No' can be assigned if we estimate with a probability close to certainty that the relevant data, measure or policy is not reported on the company's website. For example, if the only sustainability information you find on the company's website is a report that does have a section on climate change, but does not include a climate footprint, then a No can be assigned. In case of doubt, feel free to assign a '?' and discuss this with the second ranker or verifiers (which may include feedback on this policy).


Answer ?:

  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of] publishes the climate footprint of own operations, from [year] to [previous year], see [reference including page number], but only relative to [sales / employees / items sold] and not the absolute figures.
  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of brand] publishes the climate footprint of its own operations from [year] to [previous year], see [reference including page number]. However, the climate footprint is clearly incomplete, missing [operations in country / activities/reference to which scopes are included].
  • [Brand / Company, brand owner of] publishes the climate footprint of its own operations, but [the reported footprint is more than two years old / it is not clear whether a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been achieved because no footprint for the previous reporting year has been provided]