In November 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed Britvic’s Sustainable Business Review 2019.
- 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.
britvic.com (20 October 2020)