Britvic to collaborate with suppliers to cut Scope 3 carbon emissions

Britvic is inviting key European supply partners responsible for approximately 70-80% of its Scope 3 carbon emissions to update contracts to include climate targets and emissions reporting

Over the next 12 months suppliers will be asked to agree to advanced contractual requirements including signing up to sustainability platforms Sedex and EcoVadis, and setting science-based targets

Britvic will provide the ability to access financial support to suppliers making these changes, through a sustainable supply chain finance programme with partner, ING Bank N.V (ING)

Leading soft drinks business, Britvic, is inviting key European suppliers to update contracts to align to sustainability targets and significantly cut carbon emissions.

This is a huge step towards Britvic’s Healthier People, Healthier Planet 2025 targets which will seek to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 35%, strive for all priority raw materials to be 100% sustainably sourced, and have increased supply chain mapping for high-risk materials.

As a first step, over the next year suppliers will be requested to sign up to sustainability platforms such as Sedex and EcoVadis, helping to reduce environmental and ethical risks in the supply chain and provide measurable progress on their commitments.

Over the following 12 months, Britvic will work with suppliers to agree advanced contractual requirements on a case-by-case basis. These could include:

  • Commitment to the Science-Based Targets initiative
  • Reporting on greenhouse gas emissions via the Green House Gas protocol
  • Aligning with sustainability verifications and gaining leading sustainable certifications

To support suppliers with their new commitments, later this year, Britvic and its financial partner ING will formally launch a sustainable supply chain finance programme.   

This announcement follows Britvic’s first Supplier Sustainability Summit last month where more than 50 suppliers were hosted in Britvic’s head office in Hemel Hempstead. The summit was a day designed for suppliers to come together and share learnings on reducing impact on the planet.

The announcement is a major step towards Britvic’s target to reduce its Scope 3 emissions by 35% by 2025 and follows Britvic introducing over 20 energy saving projects to its supply chain in the last year. These have ranged from efficiency projects such as insulating pipework and efficient lighting systems, through to changes to operational processes and equipment. Through re-evaluating existing processes in Ireland, Britvic has provided further carbon savings – removing the pasteurisation process for Robinsons, with no impact on quality, safety and taste.