Sustainable sourcing identified as the biggest sustainability challenge by suppliers

24 September 2015

Sustainable sourcing identified as the biggest sustainability challenge by suppliers

Coca-Cola Enterprises explores sustainability progress during its third annual supplier webinar and recognizes suppliers' performance.


A survey of Coca-Cola Enterprises' suppliers, published today, reveals that sustainable sourcing (77%), community (54%) and resource scarcity (46%) are the top three sustainability issues expected to impact business over the next two years.

Findings of the survey were discussed earlier today at CCE's annual SupplierSustainability Webinar, which provided CCE and over 150 of its suppliers with an opportunity to understand how to build a sustainable future together. The webinar also included best practice case studies from EDF and Brammer - the former on working with CCE to reduce energy consumption and the latter on engaging with CCE as part of its sustainability journey.

CCE updated its Sustainability Plan in June this year to ensure that its targets remain challenging, and in line with stakeholder expectations. Its updated commitments are closely aligned with the issues identified by suppliers in this latest survey, including:


  • Sustainable sourcing: Working with its suppliers to ensure that it sustainably sources 100% of its key agricultural ingredients by 2020;
  • Community: Supporting the skills development and learning skills of 250,000 young people each year;
  • Resource scarcity: Supporting the development of a circular economy, using recycled and renewable materials and recycling more packaging than it uses.

"Our annual Supplier Sustainability Webinar has been a great success and I'm pleased to see that a large number of our suppliers joined us today to take part in the discussion. We can't achieve great sustainability results by ourselves, so involving suppliers across our carbon value chain is critical. The results of our supplier survey are fully aligned with our sustainability journey. Sustainable agriculture, community and resource scarcity are top of our agenda and we will continue to address these issues together with climate change, wellbeing and water in the future", said Ron Lewis, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Enterprises.

David Cowell, Vice President Procurement, Coca-Cola Enterprises, also announced the winners of 2015 Supplier Awards, which recognize performance on quality, service, value and corporate responsibility and sustainability. The 'Best Supplier' award went to Suiker Unie, while Ecolab was recognized as 'Most Improved Supplier' and Brammer as 'Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Supplier.'

Coca-Cola Enterprises 2015 Supplier Award Winners:

Our Suppliers Awards recognise each year the outstanding performance of our suppliers based on our Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process. SRM is a management framework under which each supplier is evaluated on their performance. Our suppliers are rated against quality, cost and value, service and innovation, and corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS).

Best Supplier Award

Winner: Suiker Unie
Suiker Unie is one of the most innovative suppliers in the sugar industry. They have developed new ideas on agriculture, process and logistics. Throughout this year, Suiker Unie has consistently delivered a high level of performance by securing on-going production to CCE locations. They have consistently demonstrated their support and partnership on CCE's sustainability goals with active participation in the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, strong support of the Rain Forest Alliance Project, a gold Ecovadis score and innovative projects to deliver carbon reduction.

Runner Up: EDF Runner Up: Eurodislog

Most Improved Supplier Award

Winner: Ecolab
Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. They are a strong supplier in the cleaning and the sanitation of our production lines across our manufacturing sites, securing hygiene and product

safety. In 2014, they developed and proved their capability to innovate, to deliver a high level of service and to support CCE's CRS agenda. They achieved a high level of CRS performance demonstrated through their Ecovadis score as well as their carbon management maturity. They have also improved the level of collaboration with CCE, becoming a key player in the cleaning, sanitation and lubrication of our production lines across many of our sites. This has resulted in increasing hygiene security and product safety, improving their SRM score through 2014.

Runner Up: HighCo Data Runner Up: G'imprim

CRS Supplier Award

Winner: Brammer
Brammer is a leading provider for mechanical spare parts in Europe and one of our key suppliers across our 17 plants for the last 5 years. They have reduced their CO2 impact by 35% in 2014 which represents their lowest ever reported CO2 ratio whilst growing their business through acquisition. They are committed to help us to achieve our CRS commitments on working closely with our Operations teams to identify and implement improvements to reduce energy and water consumption in our plants with specific focus on energy efficient lighting, a more efficient and less polluting vehicle fleet and a 'zero waste to landfill' initiative.

Runner Up: Volkswagen Group Runner Up: Ceisa Packaging




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