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Lipton & sustainability


Lipton
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 19

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: 2 October 2018 by Maarten
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 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? Unilever, brand owner of Lipton, implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as using renewable energy and eliminating deforestation throughout their value chain. 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? Unilever publishes the climate footprint of its own operations for 2015 and 2016, and has reduced its absolute climate footprint from 1,858,942 tons of CO2 to 1,798,957 tons of CO2. 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? Unilever publishes the climate footprint of its supply chain for 2015 and 2016, and has increased its absolute climate footprint from 57,495,570 tons of CO2 to 61,543,160 tons of CO2. 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? Unilever has set a target to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 and is on track to do so as it has reduced its emissions per tonne production by 5.6% in 2016 compared to the planned 5% (see link, CC3). 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? Unilever reports that 100% of Lipton tea leaves are Rainforest Alliance certified. However, it is not clear whether more than 30% RA-certified tea adheres to RA standards. Thus, Lipton's tea leaves are at least 30% 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? Unilever reports the contribution of primary and secondary packaging minus national recycling and recovery rates for 2015 to 2016 and stated that in 2016, 99% of paper and cardboard were sustainably sourced. However, there is no clear breakdown in the percentage of recycled input materials for packaging nor the amount of renewables and non-renewables for pack 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? Unilever reports the annual waste by type, weight and way of disposal and has reduced its annual absolute waste footprint in 2017 compared with 2016. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Unilever reports policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification, but this seems limited to incidental projects, such as Malawi Tea 2020 (see link, page 64-65). 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 Lipton tea leaves are Rainforest Alliance certified. However, it is not clear whether more than 30% RA-certified tea adheres to RA standards. Thus, Lipton's tea leaves are at least 30% 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 Lipton nor Unilever provide an overview of their tea suppliers. Source