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Britvic launches its 2013 Sustainable Business report


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In March, Britvic launched its Sustainable Business report, which provides information on its progress and achievements during 2013.  

The Group Sustainable Business strategy focuses around three core principles - People, Planet and Profit and ensures the company plays its part in the key areas of public health, creating a great place to work, supporting the most disadvantaged young people and responsibly using natural resources such as water, materials and energy.

Some of their key achievements in 2013 included:

  • Calorie reduction – Britvic has been reducing the calorie content of its owned brands since 2010 and has achieved a reduction of 37% in GB. In Ireland 49% of the products sold last year were low sugar/calorie.
  • The launch of their Young People Employability Workshops  - with youth unemployment hitting 1m in 2012, Britvic is passionate about promoting the employability of young people and addressing the issue head on. Their workshops, held at Learning Zones within their manufacturing sites, welcomed 70 young people during 2013, with support from 45 employees who volunteered their support to help facilitate and mentor the sessions.  Feedback from the workshops has been overwhelmingly positive with 96% of attendees saying they would recommend the workshops to their friends.
  • Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high of 35 billion tonnes in 2012. Britvic recognises the risks posed by climate change and has instigated a Carbon Reduction Programme aimed at tackling the emissions from their manufacturing sites, refrigeration portfolio and logistics. In 2013 they successfully achieved their CO2 reduction target of 3% across the business through initiatives such as the early retirement of their most inefficient coolers which resulted in 2,880 tonnes of CO2 being saved.
  • Waste reduction – 177 million tonnes of waste are generated every year in England alone and costs the UK industry £15 billion per year. Britvic is not alone in wanting to reduce these waste related costs and minimise the environmental impacts associated with waste disposal. As such, they have an extensive Waste Management Programme in place across all their sites supporting the principles of the waste hierarchy. In 2013 Britvic reduced the amount of waste being sent to landfill by over 6% across the business and achieved a recycling rate of 87%.

In 2013 Britvic signed up to the Business in the Community CR Index in order to benchmark themselves against their peers and help them measure progress. In 2014, in their first entry, they achieved a 1 star rating.  They remain committed to building on their achievements and delivering their sustainable business ambitions going forward
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