Keurig Green Mountain releases sustainability report

Report details efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, improve coffee farmers' lives and impact communities

July 24, 2018
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BURLINGTON, MA—Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig), a specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing company, has released its 2017 Sustainability Report. In the report, Keurig details the evolution of its sustainability programs to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the lives of coffee farmers, and positively impact local communities.

Keurig’s 2017 Sustainability Report details the improvements made in the following key areas:

  • Achieved its 2020 water stewardship target three years ahead of schedule, restoring 6,154 million litres of water;
  • Made progress to achieve 100 per cent of K-Cup pods are recyclable in Canada by the end of 2018 and in all of North America by the end of 2020;
  • Closing in on achieving zero waste to landfill from operations in 2018, two years ahead of schedule;
  • Engaged a cumulative 485,000 people in the company’s supply chain to improve their lives since setting the target in 2014, through various initiatives that resulted in better farming practices, new sources of income and food and access to clean water; and
  • Engaged 78 percent of employees in opportunities ranging from education and volunteerism to company-sponsored trips to coffee farms around the world.

Keurig made strides in reducing its environmental impact and achieved its target to restore 100 per cent of water used in brewed beverages. The company said it continues to meet environmental targets ahead of schedule. With the help of partners like The Nature Conservancy, Keurig has improved the quality and availability of water for people and nature. Partnering for environmental impact extends to the company’s commitment to making K-Cup pods fully recyclable by 2020. Keurig is working with organizations, including The Recycling Partnership, to ensure consumer education and The Closed Loop Fund to support the expansion of recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies that advance the circular economy.

Keurig reaches coffee communities around the world, and has made it a priority to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers within its supply chain. Keurig said it has improved the lives of over 485,000 people across its coffee supply chain. The company continues to elevate its commitment to responsibly source 100 per cent of its coffee by 2020, working with certification and verification organizations, including Fair Trade, the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ.

Keurig also said it is working toward engaging 100 per cent of employees throughout the company —through volunteering, education and source trips to coffee farms—and ensuring each employee has the opportunity to make an impact in their local communities and around the world. Overall, 78 per cent participated in opportunities to strengthen communities and logged more than 50,000 volunteer hours in our fiscal year 2017.

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