Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) – the company formed last year by the merger of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group – has announced the corporate responsibility commitments it developed following analysis across its operations. The corporate responsibility platform, dubbed Drink Well. Do Good, focuses on four areas the company says it can drive the most impact: environment, supply chain, health and wellbeing, and communities.
The size of the combined company – and its 25,000 employees – gives KDP the scope to have a significant impact in terms of “the people and places we touch,” says chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort. The company’s commitments to corporate sustainability are backed by specific goals that will “set the pace for our transformation,” he says.
One of KDP’s top priorities is eliminating packaging waste. The company will focus on holistic solutions that start with smart design for recyclability or compostability and reducing the amount of material used. KDP also says it will invest in engaging communities to increase recycling across North America.
KDP says it remains on track to make all K-Cup pods recyclable by the end of 2020. Additionally, it plans to convert to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 and use 30% post-consumer recycled content across its packaging portfolio by 2025.
KDP will become a signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment, as well.
Other environmental commitments:
- Send zero waste to landfill across our operations by 2025
- Obtain 100% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025
- Improve our water use efficiency by 20% by 2025
- Partner with our highest water-risk operating communities to replenish 100% of water used for our beverages in those communities by 2025
KDP will continue to work toward more sustainable practices in the coffee supply chain by engaging suppliers, farmers and both local and international organizations to benefit coffee farmers and their communities.
The company says it is the largest buyer of Fair Trade coffee in the world and is working toward achieving its commitment to responsibly source 100% of its coffee and brewers by 2020.