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Lipton & sustainability


Lipton
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 25

Sustainability summary

Lipton has achieved the C-label. Lipton is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Unilever N.V.
Head office: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Tea brands
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Free Tags: Unilever, Rainforest Alliance

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Lipton sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 January 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 17 January 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

4 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Unilever (brand owner of Lipton), implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable energy sources, reducing truck mileage in transport and reducing employee travels. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Unilever has reduced its climate footprint (Scope 1 & 2, market based) from 2,491,971 of CO2e in 2011 to 1,858,924 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents a reduction of around 25,5% (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response” & “Investor 2012 Response"). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Unilever communicates that 28% of its energy requirements for manufacturing came from renewables. Thereby, about 9,2% were generated on-site. However, for the remaining renewables sourced for electricity types, sources and additionality are not clear enough specified. 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 the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Unilever has set a target to reduce 100% of its total greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, compared to base year 2008 – which makes on average about 4,5% per year, and about 22,7% over the next five years (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Unilever implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. In addition Unilever publishes concrete outcomes, which include greenhouse gas emission (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 10
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Unilever reports that 100% of the tea for Lipton tea bags is sourced from 100% Rainforest Alliance (RA) certified sources, effective by end of 2015. But, loose tea is not covered yet. 64% of Unilever's total tea volumes are now however sourced from RA certified sources. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (such as fruit, herbs or sugar) for its products? Unilever communicates that 67% of its overall fruit supply, 92% of its top 13 vegetables and herbs supply, and 60% of its sugar supply are sustainably sourced (by end of 2015). But, whether respective ingredients are used for Lipton products is not specified. And if so, then according to which standards is not specified either. Source
8. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging and does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Lipton has clear objectives to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging, such as increasing its share of FSC and PEFC certified paper materials. However, no clear best practice measures / results are specified yet. Source
9. 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? Unilever and Lipton implement several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. But, aggregate, comprehensive results regarding its annual packaging materials footprint are not specified. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Unilever implements several measures to minimize the impact of its waste material footprint. But, aggregate, comprehensive results regarding its annual waste materials footprint are not specified. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 9
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? Unilever implements policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. However, clear results are not yet reported. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% 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 tea? Unilever reports that 100% of the tea for Lipton tea bags is sourced from 100% Rainforest Alliance (RA) certified sources, effective by end of 2015. But, loose tea is not covered yet. 64% of Unilever's total tea volumes are now however sourced from RA certified sources. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% 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 tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% 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 tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% 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 tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% 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 tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase 100% 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 tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruits, herbs or 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 these additional ingredients? Unilever communicates that 67% of its overall fruit supply, 92% of its top 13 vegetables and herbs supply, and 60% of its sugar supply are sustainably sourced (by end of 2015). But, whether respective ingredients are used for Lipton products is not specified. And if so, then according to which standards is not specified either. Source
9. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Neither Lipton nor Unilever provide an overview of their tea suppliers. Source