As a company, we’ve been in love with coffee for a long time. So it’s been exciting to see people of all ages discovering or rediscovering coffee over the last few years. Cold coffee. Flavored coffee. Single-serve or ready-to-drink coffee. And in every case, there’s an opportunity to make it a sustainable cup of coffee — another passion of our company.
Our recipe for success as a business is incredibly simple — focus on great coffee and listen to our consumers. Our success in recent years has been the result of maintaining our focus, which has led to significant efficiencies that have benefited the business as well as our footprint on the earth. As a result, we’ve made great strides towards meeting our 2020 environmental targets at a much faster pace than we had anticipated.
Coming on the heels of having met our 2020 GHG reduction goal of 25% in 2016, we’re pleased to announce that we met our 2020 water stewardship target in 2017 — three years ahead of schedule. We made a commitment to being good water stewards in coffee communities, in our operations, and in our local communities. By partnering with The Nature Conservancy and others, we improved the quality and availability of more than 1,625 million gallons of water.
We’re on track to achieve zero waste to landfill from our operations in 2018 and are keeping our products out of landfills by pursuing recycling options for our consumers and investing in recycling solutions across North America. And it’s working! We will finish converting all Keurig K‑Cup® pods in Canada to a recyclable format in 2018. All pods across North America will be transitioned by the end of 2020 and we will be looking at new ways to incorporate recycled content into our brewers and items that we purchase for our business.
As we look to the future, we find ourselves at the forefront of an industry that is changing rapidly. To compete in the shifting industry, our vision and mission will evolve. We recently announced a merger with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which positions us as a challenger in the beverage industry and presents a tremendous opportunity to do more in local and global communities where we have offices, operations, suppliers, and consumers. We’re confident we can fulfill our ultimate goal of making each and every one of these places better because we’re there.
In the coming year, we’ll keep pushing to meet the rest of our 2020 targets while looking forward to an even more ambitious future. We’ll also continue to find innovative ways to redefine the coffee experience and make a positive impact with our business, products, people, and relationships — from source to cup and beyond.
– Robert (Bob) J. Gamgort, Chief Executive Officer
– Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer