May 17, 2020

Starbucks, PepsiCo and Mars Inc among world's most ethical companies in 2018

Starbucks Corporation
PepsiCo
Illy
Kellogg's
Laura Mullan
2 min
The Ethisphere Institute recognises companies which “influence and drive positive change in the business community."q
Starbucks has once again been honoured by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the most ethical companies in the world.

The Ethisphere Institute recognis...

Starbucks has once again been honoured by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the most ethical companies in the world.

The Ethisphere Institute recognises companies which “influence and drive positive change in the business community” and, for the 12th year in a row, the coffee chain has topped the list. 

This year 135 companies were honoured with just six food and beverage companies making the list.

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Kellogg’s, Mars Inc., Illy, Grupo Bimbo, PepsiCo and Starbucks all made the list for demonstrating achievements in transparency, integrity, business ethics and compliance. 

Since Ethisphere’s launch in 2007, Starbucks has been chosen every single year the institute compiled its list.

In previous years, the US-based coffee chain has pledged to donate over 100 million health coffee trees in regions such as Central America to make coffee farming more sustainable. Meanwhile, Illy coffee has also committed to sourcing only sustainably-grown coffee beans. 

Mars Inc. has pledged to battle climate change after launching its ambitious Sustainability in Generation Plan last year. As such, the confectionary giant said it will invest around US$1bn in its sustainability initiatives and will slash greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050. 

Kellogg’s already uses 20% renewable energy and has supported nearly 300,000 farmers with climate-smart agriculture around the world and PepsiCo is moving to use sustainable sources of palm oil after it committed to participating in Oxfam’s Fair Company-Community Partnerships project. 
 

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Jun 10, 2021

Corona tackles plastic packaging waste and becomes net-zero

Food
CoronaBeer
ABInbev
packaging
Helen Adams
3 min
Raise your glass, Corona has become the first global beverage brand with a net-zero plastic footprint

Corona beer may have experienced an unfortunate name-share, but it’s as popular as ever, scoring first place in the top 50 beers of 2021. 

The company has scored another milestone, of achieving a net-zero footprint from its packaging. 

Each year, 12.7m tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean, often after only a single use. Corona decided to change this and after an extensive external assessment of Corona’s global operations, against the 3RI Corporate Plastic Stewardship Guidelines by leading climate solutions provider South Pole, Corona has become the first global beverage brand with a net zero plastic footprint.

The assessment measured Corona’s remaining plastic usage throughout the brand’s products and distribution logistics processes, but Corona’s long-term vision is to be a sustainability leader in consumer packaged goods and work alongside its competitors, on the problem of marine plastic pollution.

It also followed the Verra Plastic Waste Reduction Standard to calculate the impact of Corona’s mitigation activities, including a major investment in Mexico Recicla, a recycling facility in Mexico.

 

Corona confronts customers consumption habits

The brand has also launched Plastic Reality, a way for consumers to see the level of plastic waste they are contributing. 

Plastic Reality users get an estimate of their annual plastic footprint after answering some basic questions about their consumption habits. 

That footprint is then visualized through colorful AR pieces of plastic that splash across the user’s physical world like seawater washing ashore. 

From there Plastic Reality opens a virtual portal to a polluted beach paradise that shows how plastic affects nature while prompting users to take action to reduce their plastic footprint. 

 

Corona calls other manufacturers to take action on polluting packaging 

“Becoming the first global beverage brand with a net zero plastic footprint is the latest in Corona’s broader ambition to help protect the world’s oceans and beaches from plastic pollution”, said Felipe Ambra, global vice president of marketing at Corona. “But we can’t do it alone. That’s why Corona created Plastic Reality, an augmented reality experience that allows people to see their annual plastic footprint in their own home. Seeing your full years’ worth of plastic in your living room is truly eye-opening, and hopefully will inspire people to reduce their personal plastic use and their impact on the environment.”

“We welcome this first important step by Corona towards the complete removal of plastic from their supply chain”, said Richard Hill, chief executive of Ocean Generation. “This net zero plastic footprint accreditation demonstrates Corona’s recognition of the plastic footprint their products leave on the planet and the series of practical steps they are starting to take in mitigation. We look forward to working with Corona to achieve their ultimate aim of leaving no plastic in nature.”

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