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Soda Questions

In this section, you will find the list of 'Soda' questions that is used in the Soda sector ranking matrices. The questions are categorized into three areas: Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Labor Conditions and Human Rights. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for the question.

Soda is defined as carbonated soft drinks: Non-alcoholic, flavored carbonated beverages; this category includes colas, ginger ales, and seltzers, but excludes non-carbonated beverages such as ready to drink teas, coffees, fitness drinks, energy drinks, and juice drinks [1].

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Questions about Climate Change

Soda Climate Change Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

Soda Climate Change Question 2:
Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2)?

Soda Climate Change Question 3:
Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated its absolute 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) carbon footprint by at least 10% in the last 5 years?

Soda Climate Change Question 4:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ (Scope 1 & 2) carbon footprint by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

Soda Climate Change Question 5:
Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)?

Soda Climate Change Question 6:
Does the brand (company) use energy derived from renewable sources?

Soda Climate Change Question 7:
Is at least 20% of the brand's (company's) total consumption of energy derived from renewable sources?

Questions about Environmental Policy

Soda Environmental Policy Question 1:
Does the brand have the objective to only source sustainable sugarbeet/sugarcane or maize (for fructose syrup) for all its sugar containing products by 2020 at the latest, and does the brand already purchase sugar from environmentally certified sources?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 2:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified sugar for its products for at least 50% of its volume?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 3:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (such as fruit, coffee or tea) for its products?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 4:
Has the brand (company) reduced the weight of its packaging and does the brand have targets to further reduce this?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 5:
Does the brand use recycled or renewable plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles?
next update: also include re-collection option in question.

Soda Environmental Policy Question 6:
Does the brand use at least 10% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 7:
Does the brand use at least 25% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 8:
Does the brand use at least 50% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 9:
Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 10:
Has the brand (company) reduced its water use per liter of produced beverage by 10% in the past 5 years?

Soda Environmental Policy Question 11:
Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 2,5 litres per litre of soda produced?

Questions about Labor Conditions and Human Rights

Soda Labor Conditions Question 1:
Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions that applies to ALL own employees and those of its suppliers (including bottling companies) in low wage countries, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace?

Soda Labor Conditions Question 2:
Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions in low wage countries: 1) a formal employment relationship; 2) a maximum working week of 60 hours including paid overtime; 3) a living wage; and 4) to form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means?

Soda Labor Conditions Question 3:
Does the brand (company) purchase sugar from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the sugar?

Soda Labor Conditions Question 4:
Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruit, coffee beans, tea) from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce these additional ingredients?

Soda Labor Conditions Question 5:
Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of suppliers (sugar and fruit) and factories (including bottling companies), that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?

WE HAVE PUT THIS QUESTION ON 'INACTIVE' Soda Labor Conditions Question 6:
Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy?