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7UP
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 24

Sustainability summary

7UP has achieved the D-label. 7UP scores poorly because the brand only shares a few concrete achievements in the sustainability report. Brand owner PepsiCo is working on using more recycled bottles, programs for sustainable farming and using renewable energy in its production plants. We would love to see that 7UP would become more concrete on their accomplishments and goals of all their efforts.

Brand owner: PepsiCo
Head office: Purchase, New York, United States
Sector: Soda
Categories : Soda
Free Tags: PepsiCo

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7UP sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 December 2016 by Greg
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? PepsiCo (brand owner of 7up) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of renewable energy or the implementation of energy efficiency measures (see link, pages 58-61). 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? PepsiCo increased its total climate footprint from 5,830,000 metric tons of CO2e in 2011 to 5,885,000 metric tons of CO2e in 2014, which represents an increase of around 0.9% (see link, page 59). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? PepsiCo reports on the use of renewable energy, but it is not clear about the total percentage share of its energy use renewable energy represents (see link, pages 58-61). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for environmental 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? PepsiCo states that "as a first step" it has a target to keep greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations flat compared to the baseline of 2008, while growing its business (see link, page 58). 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)? PepsiCo implements measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but does not provide comprehensive enough information on results achieved (see link, page 61). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 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? PepsiCo communicates the goal to only source sustainable sugar by 2020, and sources certified sugar (Bonsucro) to some unspecified extent already. 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? PepsiCo mentions the promotion of more sustainable farming worldwide through its Sustainable Agriculture Policy, but does not specify this for raw materials relevant for Pepsi, such as coffee. 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'? PepsiCo publishes the water footprint of its 'own operations', which was at around 95.9 million cubic meters in 2014 (see link, page 55). Source
6. Has the brand (company) reduced its water use per litre of produced beverage by 10% in the past 5 years? PepsiCo mentions a reduction of 23.2% since base year 2006. Of this reduction, a 3.8% reduction was realized in the years 2011-2014 (see link, page 54). Source
7. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 2,5 litres per litre of soda produced? PepsiCo does not communicate clear enough information about its consumption per unit of product. 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? PepsiCo communicates clear information about packaging improvement and weight reduction goals/initiatives/actions for its packaging, plus annual results achieved (see link, page 69-71). Source
9. Does the brand uses at least 10% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles? PepsiCo mentions an absolute amount of recycled plastic used (134 million pounds in 2014), but does not specify what percentage this is of its total plastic use (see link, page 71). 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? PepsiCo implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste, such as reuse and recycling, and reports aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint (see link, pages 72-73). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 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 PepsiCo's Code of Conduct (see link, pages 10-14, and link for next question). 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. Not specified; 2. Hours of work and overtime are not specified; 3. No, only compliance with all applicable local and national wages; 4. No, only compliance with all applicable local and national laws on freedom of association and collective bargaining. 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? PepsiCo purchases Bonsucro certified sugar cane. However, PepsiCo does not specify the percentage share of certified sugar processed. 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? PepsiCo mentions the promotion of more sustainable farming worldwide through its Sustainable Agriculture Policy, but does not specify this for raw materials relevant for Pepsi, such as coffee. 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? PepsiCo does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source