In October 2020, Ethical Consumer sent A. G. Barr a questionnaire requesting a copy of the company's environmental policy. No response was received.
Ethical Consumer viewed the page titled ‘Responsibility’ on A.G. Barr’s website and its Annual Report 2020.
The Annual Report mentioned an Environmental Policy and 4 targets and progress made towards them:
* 100% waste diverted from landfill by 2021 - 97.2% achieved 2020
* 40 % reduction in scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from 2015 baseline - 36.2% achieved 2020
* 15% improvement in water usage by 2025 from 2015 baseline - 16% more used in 2020, so negative performance
* 30% recycled PET content by 2022.
The company showed a reasonable understanding of most of its main impacts - energy, water, packaging and waste. However, regarding ingredients although it stated, "it is becoming increasingly important for our raw materials to be sourced sustainably", it appeared to be referring to workers rights and not the impact of agriculture.
The report was not independently verified. A. G. Barr therefore received Ethical Consumer’s middle rating for Environmental Reporting.
Annual Report 2017 (20 September 2017)