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Douwe Egberts
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Sustainability summary

Douwe Egberts has achieved the E-label, because there's no concrete policy in place on climate, environment or labor conditions. It is hard to see the effort Douwe Egberts is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: Jacobs Douwe Egberts, UTZ Certified

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Douwe Egberts sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by Willemijn
Last reviewed: 27 January 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as reduction of the carbon footprint in logistics by one-fifth in the Netherlands and Belgium since 2013 and projects with coffee farmers (e.g. in Vietnam, see link). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? JDE does not publish the climate footprint of own operations on company website. Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? JDE does not publish the climate footprint of own operations on company website. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? JDE has set the target to reduce their total manufacturing energy by just 10% in 2020. JDE does not communicate a goal on climate neutrality. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 5% of its volume? JDE purchases certified coffee & tea with internationally recognised standards such as: UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, and Fair Trade. However, no figures are presented on the amount of certified coffee. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 20% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 40% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 60% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 80% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) use environmentally certified coffee and/ or tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials (which includes capsules and cups) are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? JDE publishes neither the percentage of recycled input materials for packaging nor the amount of renewables and non-renewables for packaging. Source
8. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? JDE mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? JDE does not provide tangible information about policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? JDE purchases coffee from UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, however does not specify the amount of purchased coffee that is socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) purchase at least 95% coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of coffee suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of coffee? JDE does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source