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Keurig Dr Pepper releases first ever corporate responsibility report

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has published its first “Drink Well. Do Good.” report, highlighting a series of corporate responsibility commitments that were established less than a year after the 2018 merger of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

KDP's report also details performance in the company's key focus areas of environment, supply chain, health and wellbeing, and communities.

Commenting on the report, KDP Chairman & CEO Bob Gamgort stated,

"In coming together as KDP, we are using our expanded operations, broadened community presence and combined resources to become an even better corporate citizen.

“Our Drink Well. Do Good. program demonstrates KDP's commitment to making a positive impact for all stakeholders."

Highlights from the report include: 

• Environment
KDP has set a goal to convert all packaging to recyclable or compostable formats by 2025, while increasing its use of recycled content. The company says it’s on track to make all K-Cup pods sold in the United States recyclable by the end of 2020, having converted all K-Cup pods sold in Canada to a recyclable format in 2018. The new pods are made of polypropylene five, a plastic widely accepted curbside for recycling. KDP says it has conducted extensive testing with municipal recycling facilities to prove they can be effectively recycled.

• Supply Chain
KDP is on track to achieve its commitment to responsibly source all of its coffee and brewers by 2020 in partnership with recognised sustainable sourcing programs. The company is one of the largest global buyers of Fairtrade coffee and also purchases Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certified coffee. Along this journey, KDP aims to improve the lives of one million people. KDP says it continues to invest in robust social impact investment programs and partners to support farmers and workers in addressing key long-term challenges and increasing farmer yields, profitability, and resiliency.

• Health and Wellbeing
KDP's portfolio includes approximately 300 ready-to-drink options containing 100 calories or less. For most of its full-calorie beverage varieties, the company offers a zero, low, or mid-calorie option.

• Communities
Through its Let's Play initiative, KDP says it’s on its way to providing play opportunities to 13.5 million children by 2020. The company was recently named on the Civic 50 list, a group of the most community-minded companies in the US, by Points of Light. KDP employees contributed over 36,000 hours of community service through company-sponsored volunteerism programs in 2018.

KDP Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender says the company now has the scale and ambition to make a real difference to people and the planet.

“This report marks an important milestone on our journey as a newly-combined company,” Oxender says.

“We will continue to track our progress and focus on turning ambition into action, continuing our demonstrated leadership in plastics recycling and responsible sourcing, while making new strides in other important areas."

KDP developed the report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, widely recognised sustainability reporting standards. The report was also developed as an annual communication on progress to the United Nations Global Compact principles and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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