In November 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Britvic’s Sustainable Business Review 2019.

It discussed:
- climate action including that it had set a science-based emissions reduction target;
- water, stating: "water performance was disappointing and we have initiated a series of third party water audits and internal projects across our manufacturing sites to identify water-saving opportunities in our operations to turn this performance around";
- waste, stating that it had diverted 99% of manufacturing waste generated from landfill overall, and "Over 95% of our GB manufacturing plastic waste was recycled or reused, up from 87% in 2018";
- packaging and the circular economy, including the use of recycled materials, and stating "we successfully removed 646 tonnes† of plastic through packaging redesign and new technology in GB and Ireland";

It's discussion of responsible sourcing was in the People section of the report and did not mention environmental impacts. It did not discuss the use of agrichemicals in its supply chain, and was not therefore considered to have a reasonable enough understanding of its environmental impact. Its reporting of carbon emissions was less detailed than the last time it was checked.

It listed several targets or goals:
2020 goal• Achieve a water intensity ratio of 1.98m3/tonne produced across our global manufacturing sites • Achieve zero waste to landfill across our global manufacturing site
2020 goal• Remove over 500 tonnes of additional packaging through new light-weighting initiatives• Increase rPET in our GB and Ireland portfolio at 15% with 100% recycled content for at least two brands

The report stated that "Britvic plc appointed Ernst & Young LLP to provide limited independent assurance over selected sustainability content within the Strategic Report", and that "A limited assurance report was issued and is available on www.britvic.com/sustainable-business". However, this report could not be found. A table reporting Scope 1 and 2 emissions had a footnote that said: "...our greenhouse gas reporting. This data is independently assured by Ernst & Young LLP." This appeared to be the only data that was verified.

It received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Environmental Reporting overall and lost half a mark in this category.

Reference:

britvic.com (20 October 2020)

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Britvic's website, looking for information on what the company was doing to tackle climate change. Ethical Consumer was looking for the following:

1. For the company to discuss its areas of climate impact, and to discuss plausible ways it has cut them in the past, and ways that it will cut them in the future.

For the company to not be involved in any particularly damaging projects like tar sands, oil or aviation, to not be subject to damning secondary criticism regarding it’s climate actions, and to have relevant sector-specific climate policies in place.

2. For the company to report annually on its scope 1&2 greenhouse gas emissions (direct emissions by the company), and,

3. to go some way towards reporting on its scope 3 emissions (emissions from the supply chain, investments and sold products).

4. For the company to have a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with international agreements (counted as the equivalent of at least 2.5% cut per year in scope 1&2 emissions), and to not count offsetting towards this target.

If a company met all of these criteria it would receive a best rating. If it met parts 1&2 (impacts and annual reporting CO2e) it would receive a middle rating. Otherwise it would receive a worst rating.

The company was considered to meet part 1 as it stated in its Sustainable Business Review:
"Over the course of the year, we reduced our market-based manufacturing emissions intensity by 20%, primarily through the switch of our GB grid-sourced manufacturing electricity to wind power. This has meant that overall, our percentage of energy sourced from renewables has increased from 28% last year to 46% and we are continuing to investigate new clean energy opportunities. The proportion of hybrid/electric vehicles in our GB company car fleet increased to 27%".
It was not involved in the tar sands, oil or aviation industries.

It was considered to meet part 2 as it did report on its Scope 1 and 2 emissions CO2e, but not part 3 as its Scope 3 reporting only covered business travel and logistics, but no supply chain emissions. It did however intend to tackle supply chain emissions. It stated: "we completed a full value chain analysis including engaging with over 300 suppliers to understand their current carbon impact and programmes in place to reduce it. This baseline dataset has enabled us to identify hotspot areas and develop projects that will have the biggest impact on reducing our indirect emissions footprint."

It met part 4 as it stated: "This year we were proud to commit to setting a science-based emissions reduction target to ensure that our carbon strategy reflects the ambition and urgency required to keep global temperature rise to within 1.5°C. We have targeted an overall absolute reduction of 36% vs 2017 by 2025." A press release stated that "Britvic’s new targets have been independently verified by the Science Based Target initiatives (SBTi)", and that "This announcement makes Britvic the first UK soft drinks company to have an approved 1.5°C target."

Overall the company received Ethical Consumer’s middle rating for carbon management and reporting, and lost half a mark under Climate Change.

Reference:

britvic.com (20 October 2020)