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Sustainability summary

Illy has achieved the E-label. This is our lowest possible sustainability score, and Illy has earned it by communicating nothing concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries. For us as consumers, it is unclear whether Illy is committed to sustainability or not.

Brand owner: Illy
Head office: Trieste, Italy
Sector: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: illycaffè

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Illy sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by Tara
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? Illy takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its production sites and implementing energy efficiency measures in its supply chain, for instance with respect to transportation (see link, pages 76 and 84). 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? Illy reports direct emissions from combustion in plants and fixed machinery from 2014 to 2016, but a complete climate footprint (Scope 1 + 2) is not reported (see link, page 76). 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? Illy does not provide clear information about the climate footprint of its supply chain. 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? Illy does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. 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? Illy refers to the EMAS environmental certification of its coffee (see link, page 11), but does not report on its website whether its coffee comes from rigorous environmental certification schemes such as Rainforest Alliance, Utz, or Organic. 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? Illy does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, nor any annual reductions or best practices regarding its packaging materials (see link, page 79). 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? Illy mentions it is active in waste separation and recycling. However, overall annual results of its waste reduction policy are not specified (see link, page 78). 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? Illy 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not communicate whether its coffee comes from a socially certified source on its website. 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? Illy does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source