Coffee & Tea Climate Protection Question 1

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Question

Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain?

NL: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) enig beleid om de CO2 uitstoot te beperken of te compenseren van zowel zijn eigen operaties als die van zijn bevoorradingsketen?

DE: Reduziert der Markenhersteller die Treibhausgasemissionen des eigenen Betriebs sowie der Lieferkette?

Reference

This question is in line with the European Union's and United Nation's commitment to stop the rising trend of emissions and to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change, as most recently evidenced by the Paris Climate Agreement. This question also relates to Disclosure 305-1, 305-2, 305-3, and 305-4 of the Global Reporting Initiative, and Criterion 12 'Resource Management' and 13 'Climate-Relevant Emissions' of the Sustainability Code from the German Council for Sustainable Development. The coffee and tea sector contribute substantial impacts to global climate change as a result of the agricultural practices and transport/distribution of coffee beans/tea leaves.

‘Own operations’ are defined by ‘Scopes 1 & 2’ of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, referring to emissions from the sources that are owned or controlled by the company. For example, sources may include owned and leased offices, vehicles, factories and shops, energy used, etc. Staff flights/travel are often also included here as part of the footprint (though it is technically reported as Scope 3 emissions). Supply chain emissions are included in 'Scope 3' of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and include other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity, agricultural emissions from suppliers, outsourced activities, waste disposal by suppliers, etc.

This question is probably the easiest of the entire list and should help brands make the first step towards reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. It is meant to encourage stragglers to be more transparent, and take action, even if the steps are small. With this question we do not consider the policy in terms of quantity, only in terms of concreteness: there should be at least a short description of goals, actions, or outcomes.

Ranking Guidelines

You can reward a ‘Yes’ to a company that describes goals (e.g. ‘reduce carbon emissions’), actions (e.g. ‘compensate the CEO’s intercontinental flights’) or outcomes (100 trees planted, saving 1 ton of CO2’). For this question, the range of actions is not measured, so any small policy or action is counted as ‘Yes'. As Scope 1 & 2 emissions account for only a very small portion of coffee and tea companies' greenhouse gas emissions, it is critical that a company mentions not only reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations, but also from its supply chain. Regarding the latter, a company could for example indicate that it will 'utilize suppliers from local sources whenever possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation of coffee beans to distributors.'

Important: Please provide in your answer both an example of reducing own emissions, and emissions from its supply chain.

You can also reward a 'Yes' to brands that do not report on policy measures regarding climate protection in specific, but source effectively all raw materials from more sustainable sources, such as from Milieu-certified sources as discussed in the Environmental Protection Policies.

Answering Guidelines

Yes:

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as [the use of renewable energy / sourcing from local suppliers / reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet / … *].

[Brand] takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its [premises, stores, headquarter, office buildings, warehouses, ...*] and implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use in its supply chain– for instance with respect to [transportation, agriculture practices, ...*].

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, for instance with respect to [...].

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as processing environmentally preferable raw materials exclusively.


No:

[Brand] explicitly states not to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain.

[Brand] explicitly states that it only reduces its greenhouse gas emissions for Scopes 1 & 2, not including Scope 3 emissions through its supply chain.


?:

[Brand] does not communicate any information on a climate protection policy.

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations, such as […], but does not report any measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain.

[Brand] refers to the importance of climate protection, but does not specify any measures implemented.

[Brand] aims to [... (e.g. ' minimize the effects on the environment's and the earth's natural resources ' )*], but does not provide any clear [policies/actions/initiatives*] on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand. Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]). Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. with: (see link, page [..]).