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Dr Pepper
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Sustainability summary

Dr Pepper has received an E-Label. Dr Pepper scores poorly because the brand only shares a few concrete achievements on sustainability in its report. With the exception of the brand's water use per liter of production, Dr Pepper does not provide quantitative information for the other ranking questions.

Brand owner: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.
Head office: Plano, TX, US
Sector: Soda
Categories : Soda
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Dr Pepper sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 December 2016 by Hilary
Last reviewed: 21 December 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Dr Pepper Snapple Group (brand owner of Dr Pepper) implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as improving energy efficiency or replacing vending machines and coolers with 'Energy Star'-rated equipment (see link, page 3-5). Source
2. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the carbon footprint of its own operations by at least 10% in the last 5 years? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. Therefore, it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual climate emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Dr. Pepper Snapple Group does not clearly communicate its renewable energy policy. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Dr Pepper Snapple Group indicates it plans to reduce its carbon emissions per gallon of finished product; however, this is a relative rather than absolute goal and does not specify a timeframe for achievement of this target (see link, page 3). Source
6. Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce / compensate carbon emissions generated from the production chain (Scope 3)? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, page 4). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 12
1. Does the brand have the objective to only source sustainable sugarbeet/sugarcane or maize (for fructose syrup) for all its sugar containing products by 2020 at the latest, and does the brand already purchase sugar from environmentally certified sources? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not communicate comprehensive information about its choice of sugar. Its also not reported, whether there is a time-bound goal to source sustainable produced sugar only. Source
2. Does the brand use environmentally certified sugar for its products for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (such as fruit, coffee or tea) for its products? Dr Pepper does not specify whether the other products comes from sustainable sources. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible sources. Source
4. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (including sugar) for its products only? See remark for environmental policy question 1-3. Source
5. Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'? Dr Pepper Snapple Group has not published an absolute water footprint of its 'own operations' in 2014, and only reports its relative water footprint per gallon of finished product (see link, page 5). Source
6. Has the brand (company) reduced its water use per litre of produced beverage by 10% in the past 5 years? Dr Pepper Snapple Group reports it used 1.97 gallons per gallon of finished product in 2011 and 1.98 gallons per gallon of finished product in 2014. Therefore, a 10% reduction in the past 5 years has not been achieved (see link, page 5). Source
7. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 2,5 litres per litre of soda produced? Dr Pepper Snapple Group has achieved 1,98 gallons water use per 1 gallon of production. 1 gallon converted into litre = 3,79. 1,98 gallons converted into litre = 7,49. Accordingly, the average level of water use per litre is around 1,97 litre (see link, page 5). Source
8. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Dr Pepper Snapple Group implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, including reducing the amount of PET used in its packaging by 16 million pounds in 2014. But, packaging volumes/weights per material type are not clear enough specified (see link, page 5). Source
9. Does the brand uses at least 10% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles? Dr Pepper Snapple Group mentions it incorporates recycled PET into its bottles, but does not state anything about the recycling rate of their newly produced plastic bottles (see link, page 5). Source
10. Does the brand use at least 50% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles? See remark for environmental policy question 9. Source
11. Does the brand only use recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles? See remark for environmental policy question 9. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Dr Pepper Snapple Group implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste. The brand achieved an 86% recycling rate for its manufacturing waste, but does not report on aggregate results regarding its entire waste materials footprint however (see link, page 5). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 6
1. Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions that applies to ALL own employees and those of its suppliers (including bottling companies) in low wage countries, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? All standards are mentioned in Dr Pepper Snapple Group's Code of Conduct (see link, pages 2-5). Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions in low wage countries: 1) a formal employment relationship; 2) a maximum working week of 60 hours including paid overtime; 3) a living wage; and 4) to form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? 1) and 4) are mentioned and are sufficient. However, 2) and 3) are not sufficiently comprehensive covered (see link, pages 2 and 4). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase sugar 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 sugar? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not specify if its sugar comes from a socially certified source. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruit, coffee beans, 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 these additional ingredients? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not specify whether the other products come from sustainable sources. Source
5. Are all purchased ingredients (including sugar) 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 these additional ingredients? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3-4. Source
6. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of suppliers (sugar and fruit) and factories (including bottling companies), that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Dr Pepper Snapple Group does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source