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Lavazza
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 3 out of 20

Sustainability summary

Lavazza has achieved the D-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Lavazza is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Lavazza Group
Head office: Torino, Italy
Sector: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: UTZ Certified

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Lavazza sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by Kamala
Last reviewed: 27 January 2018 by Hilary

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? Lavazza implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations, such as using renewable hydropower sources for its offices' and energy efficiency measures at its production plants, but does not report clear measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain (see link pages 104-107, 111). 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? Lavazza publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for 2014 and 2015, and has reduced its absolute climate footprint for scope 1 and 2 emissions from 28,900 tons of CO2e to 27,700 tons of CO2e (see link, page 107). 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? Lavazza publishes a graph of the climate footprint from 2013 to 2015 that is beyond its own operationsof its supply chain. But, it does not mention absolute emissions and it is not clear whether there was an overall reduction (see link page 107). 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? Lavazza addresses climate change in several projects , but it does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its own operations (see link pages 34, 55, 61, 104). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 5% of its volume? Lavazza claims to purchase coffee from environmentally certified sources but does not specify what part of the production volume is certified (see link page 80). 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? Lavazza reports that it is working on addressing environmental issues related to packaging, but it does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, apart from that the new EP Black capsule is made out of 20% recycled materials. It also reports that its environmental footprint has decreased in 2015 (see link pa 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? Lavazza reports the annual waste of hazardous and non-hazardous waste and has reduced its annual absolute waste footprint in 2015 compared with 2014 by e.g. reducing the usage of plastic and increasing the percentage of recycled waste (see link page 114-115). 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? Lavazza discusses its involvement in IDH's Sustainable Coffee Program in Uganda, which aims to make smallholder coffee farmers more competitive on the basis of sustainable practices in order to improve their livelihood. But, clear outcomes that go beyond certification aren't reported yet (see link page 61). 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? Lavazza claims to purchase coffee from socially certified sources but does not specify what part of the production volume is certified (see link page 80). 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? Lavazza doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source