Maturity Progression: Engagement
Scope: Value Chain

Case Study Overview:

This case study drawn from the 2016 CDP Water Report.


Through multiple water footprint studies, Coca-Cola European Partners established that approximately 80% of the water footprint of their value chain came from agricultural ingredients, including beet and cane sugars, fruit juices, coffee, and pulp and paper products.

In response, CCEP has committed to sustainably source 100% of their key agricultural ingredients by 2020. To achieve this, they established a set of Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGPs), in conjunction with The Coca-Cola Company, which they expect key agricultural suppliers to adhere to. In 2014, 100% of CCEP’s key sugar suppliers agreed to adhere to their SAGPs by 2020.

CCEP are working with suppliers and partners, such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and the Rainforest Alliance, to develop ways of monitoring compliance. In 2015 they began working with suppliers and third-party frameworks to establish programs that will allow farmers to comply with their SAGPs.

Water replenishment programs are a key part of their value chain water strategy, helping to replenish the water used in their beverages. Over the past four years, CCEP has invested in water replenishment projects with WWF-UK, WWF-France and Natuurpunt in Belgium. Together with funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation, approximately US$4.5 million has been invested and projects have replenished 1,509,400 m3 of water since 2012.

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