The company that owns Lucozade and Ribena has a sustainability strategy wholly aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals concentrating on four key areas: Our Resources, Our Drinks, Our Society and Ourselves. Each pillar has ambitious, measurable targets attached to it - from making its drinks healthier by reducing sugar to improving the circularity of its packaging.
The sustainability report follows the company’s first ever “Green Planet Awareness Week”, which aimed to inspire, engage and inform employees about its sustainability actions. Employees attended engaging talks and Q&A sessions from internal and external speakers on topics including climate change, food waste and biodiversity.
SBF GB&I is on track to deliver against its target of 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 after implementing a major redesign of the Lucozade Sport bottle. A 50% reduction in the bottle sleeve ensures Lucozade Sport bottles are optimised for bottle-to-bottle recycling and reduces the amount of plastic needed. This follows the successful redesign of its Ribena bottle the year before.
Elsewhere, a 12% reduction of water use was achieved across its European operations (SBFE) in 2021 - half of its 2030 target - through more efficient practices and investment in water ecosystem regeneration projects. SBFE has also made steady progress towards its carbon reduction targets, achieving a 22% reduction of scope 1 and 2 emissions and a 16% reduction of scope 3.
In 2013, Suntory set a global target to reduce the amount of added sugar in its drinks by 35% before 2025. SBF GB&I has been ambitious in this area, already removing 98 billion calories and 25,500 tonnes of sugar across its core drinks range since 2015 and achieving a 57% cut in sugar in 2017. The business has also continued to introduce zero or low-calorie alternatives for its brands.