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Zonnatura
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 19

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Royal Wessanen NV
Head office: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Sector: Tea brands
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Free Tags: Wessanen, EU organic, Fairtrade

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Zonnatura sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 September 2018 by Eefje
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 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? Royal Wessanen (brandowner of Zonnatura) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, for instance by using renewable energy and by building sustainable supply chains for its top 4 organic raw materials (see link, page 35). 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? Royal Wessanen reports an increase in the absolute climate footprint of its own operations from 6878 tons of CO2 in 2016 to 7074 tons of CO2 in 2017 (see link, page 35, 40 & 42). 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? Royal Wessanen publishes the climate footprint of its supply chain from 2016 to 2017, but the climate footprint is incomplete, lacking for example emissions generated by raw materials (see link, page 35 & 40). 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? Royal Wessanen aims to be climate neutral by 2025 for emissions caused by own operations and partly for emissions beyond own operations. It is on track to achieve this, as some of its brands are already carbon neutral, scope 2 emissions are already minimal, and they plan to increase carbon offsetting (see link, page 35). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Royal Wessanen reports that organic products comprise 78% of its sales (see previous link, p. 5). Indeed, it seems at least 78% of Zonnatura's tea products (see link) are organic, which means its tea is at least 62% environmentally certified. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 30% 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 50% 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 70% 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 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials 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? Royal Wessanen aims to minimize the ratio of packaging weight over product net weight, but this ratio has actually increased due to higher tea sales. Royal Wessanen does not report the percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging, nor best practices regarding its packaging materials (see link, p. 35). Source
7. 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? Wessanen communicates a waste reduction policy, but does not report the overall performance (see link, page 5). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Wessanen does not provide tangible information about policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions that goes beyond certification (see link, page 23). 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? Royal Wessanen reports that fairtrade products comprise 8% of its total sales (see previous link, page 8). Indeed, it seems that at least 8% of Zonnatura's tea products (see link) are fairtrade, which means its tea is at least 8% socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% 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 40% 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 60% 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 80% 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) use socially certified tea for at least 95% of its volume, thus combating child labor and forced labour, and providing 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) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Neither Royal Wessanen nor Zonnatura publish a list of suppliers. Source