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Bionade
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 24

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Radeberger Gruppe
Head office: Ostheim/Rhön, Germany
Sector: Soda
Categories : Soda, Cola
Free Tags: Radeberger Gruppe, EU organic

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Bionade sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 January 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 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? Bionade implements several climate protection measures, such as the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures (see link, page 15-17). 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? Bionade decreased its total climate footprint (Scope 1 & 2) from 1,523 tons of CO2e in 2012 (see link, page 33) to 1,420 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents a decrease of around 6,8%. The remaining emissions were offset in collaboration with 'myclimate' (see link at previous question, page 17). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? For 2016, Bionade reports a 100% renewable energy use on total electricity consumption (hydropower, purchased from 'Überlandwerk Rhön'). For heating the use of natural gas is indicated (see also link next question, page 15-17). 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? Bionade aims to define target reductions in 2017 (including supply chain), and states to orientate oneself towards Germany's national climate protection goals (-40% by 2020 compared to base year 1990) – which would not be sufficient however (see link, page 18). 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)? Bionade aims to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations, but does not yet report on measures implemented and results realised (see link, page 15-17). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 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? Bionade's naturally derived ingredients are 100% environmentally certified (e.g. EU-organic label) (see link, pages 14 & 42). 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? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (including sugar) for its products only? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'? Bionade only publishes its relative water footprint of its 'own operations', which was at 0,37 m3 per hl in 2015. A total water footprint is not reported (see link, pages 16). Source
6. Has the brand (company) reduced its water use per litre of produced beverage by 10% in the past 5 years? Bionade has reduced its water consumption per hl of soda from 0,45 m3 per hl in 2012 (see link, page 24) to 0,37 m3 per hl in 2015, which represents a reduction of around 17,8% (see link previous question, page 16). Source
7. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 2,5 litres per litre of soda produced? Bionade has achieved 3,70 l water consumption litre of production (see link, page 16). 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? Bionade implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, and publishes clear results regarding its relative consumer packaging materials footprint of last years (see link, page 18). Source
9. Does the brand uses at least 10% of recycled plastics in its newly produced plastic bottles? Bionade does not clearly specify the recycling rate of their newly produced plastic bottles (see link, page 18 & 42). 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? Bionade implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its waste, and publishes clear results regarding its relative waste materials footprint of last years (see link, page 18). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 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? Bionade is produced in Germany which is a low-risk country. However, with regard to its suppliers from low-wage countries, Bionade does not communicate its Code of Conduct (CoC), despite mentioning the term in its sustainability report (see link, page 28, 33 & 39). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. 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? Bionade's raw materials are mainly 'EU-organic' certified. However, 'EU-organic' does not cover sufficient social criteria. No other social certification scheme for ingredients like can sugar or fruits sourced from Thailand is mentioned by Bionade (see also source link at next question). 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. 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. 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? Bionade provides an overview of where its raw materials originate, but does not publish a list of suppliers. Source