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Keurig Green Mountain Shares Progress on Sustainability Commitments

Annual sustainability report outlines accelerated progress towards 2020 environmental responsibility targets and highlights supply chain and community engagement initiatives

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:00 am EDT

Keurig Green Mountain is Brewing Transformation in its 12th annual Sustainability Report.

WATERBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig), a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing systems, launched its twelfth annual Sustainability Report. The report’s theme of “Brewing Transformation™” showcases Keurig’s efforts in local communities and across the globe in three main focus areas: environmental responsibility, strong supply chains, and thriving people and communities.

“As our new sustainability report shows, there’s much to be proud of here at Keurig,” said Bob Gamgort, Keurig’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our progress on the sustainability front will enable growth for the Company, opening doors of opportunity for our employees, our customers, and our business as a whole.”

In the report, Keurig highlights accelerated progress towards a number of priority 2020 environmental responsibility commitments, including:

  • targeting a new recyclability milestone, with plans to produce 100% of K-Cup® pods in Canada in a recyclable format by the end of 2018;
  • meeting its 2020 target to reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of brewed beverages by 25%; and
  • near completion of its 2020 goals to balance 100% of the water used in brewing beverages, and 100% waste diversion from landfill for its operations across North America.

“We know that reducing the resources that we and our consumers use every day yields environmental sustainability for our business, and we are proud of our accelerated progress,” said Monique Oxender, Keurig’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Keeping those resources in use, at their highest value is also critical and delivering on pod recyclability achieves that in a meaningful way for our products and our communities.”

Additional highlights from this year’s sustainability report include:

Environmental Responsibility

A top sustainability priority for Keurig is ensuring 100% of K-Cup® pods are recyclable by the end of 2020, and the company is on track to meet that goal. In addition to announcing its accelerated recyclability milestone in Canada, the report highlights Keurig’s work to improve recycling systems and education through investments totaling more than $1 million a year with partnership organizations such as The Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership. Keurig also continues its award-winning testing at recycling facilities, aimed at helping the industry understand how K-Cup® pods and other plastic items travel through recovery equipment so the company can help to catalyze system-wide change in ensuring those plastics get a second life as a new consumer product.

Strong Supply Chains

Keurig aims to build strong supply chains and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers within its supply chain. For three years, Keurig has supported Root Capitol’s Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative, assisting farmers in fighting coffee rust disease and investing in the quality of their crops. In total, with the support of additional partnerships with organizations such as Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services’ Blue Harvest program, Keurig has engaged more than 417,000 people across its coffee supply chain to improve their farm management techniques, plan for changes in climate, and strengthen their communities.

People and Communities

Keurig empowers its employees to contribute to their communities and create positive change in the places where the company does business around the world. In fiscal 2016, 70% of Keurig’s employees participated in one of its sustainability programs, including 56 employees who visited coffee communities in Latin America through the company’s unique employee source trip program. In addition, Keurig’s Community Action For Employees (CAFE) program, which entitles every full-time employee to 52 paid volunteer hours annually, continued to see industry-high levels of participation, with 55% of Keurig’s total workforce taking part in 2016.

Full details of Keurig’s 2016 Sustainability Report can be found at BrewingABetterWorld.com. For more information about Keurig’s recycling efforts, visit KeurigRecycling.com.

About Keurig Green Mountain

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing systems. Committed to delivering exceptional coffee for more than 35 years, today our Keurig® brewers and single serve hot beverages are in more than 20 million homes and offices throughout North America. In under a minute, Keurig® brewers consistently and conveniently deliver a fresh-brewed, great tasting cup with just the push of a button. As a testament to that quality, more than 50 leading global coffee, tea and cocoa brands have partnered with Keurig, joining beloved owned brands like Green Mountain Coffee® and The Original Donut Shop® to offer consumers vast personal choice from 500+ varieties. As a company founded on social responsibility, Keurig is committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through our work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, and thriving communities. For more information, visit www.keuriggreenmountain.com, and to purchase Keurig products visit www.keurig.com or www.keurig.ca.

Contact:

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Kristen Mercure, 802-488-2498
Corporate Communications
kristen.mercure@keurig.com

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Keurig Green Mountain released its 12th annual Sustainability Report, themed "Brewing Transformation." (Graphic: Business Wire)
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