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Sustainability

Clean water for everyone

Keurig believes everyone should have clean water. As a beverage system company, water is a fundamental input to our business, whether that be the rainwater that sustains coffee crops or the drinking water used to create our beverages. We recognize that water is a critical natural resource that is of strategic importance to us, our stakeholders, and the communities in which we operate. We believe Keurig can uniquely contribute to solving local and global water challenges by sharing our strengths in innovation, partnership, and sustainability. Our strategy has three specific areas of focus:

Balance

Restore the water used in our beverages to people and nature

Connect

Connect people to clean water

Optimize

Use water efficiently in our operations and supply chain

2020 target

Balance 100% of the water used in our 2020 brewed beverage volume of all our beverages, ounce for ounce.

Restoring water for people and communities

Making beverages with the Keurig® brewing system offers consumers a water-smart choice. With Keurig®, consumers can make just what they need when they need it. In comparison, 15% of a pot of coffee is typically thrown out,* wasting the coffee, the water, and all of the underlying resources that went into making it.

Moreover, Keurig creates an opportunity for consumers to give water back to people and nature. For every Keurig® beverage made, we will restore that same volume of water through projects that focus on enhancing watersheds, protecting habitats, and conserving water. So far, we’ve already balanced more than 524 million gallons through projects in the United States, in geographies where people make our beverages. That’s nearly 80% of the water used in our beverages, based on fiscal 2015 pod sales volume.

*Keurig Research Study on Waste Coffee, February 2016.

  • Precipitation finds its way into lakes, rivers, and oceans as runoff. Precipitation also soaks into the ground, sustaining plant growth and recharging groundwater reservoirs. Stormwater runoff travels quickly across surfaces and through drain pipes, often bringing along bacteria, chemicals, and phosphorus and contributing to flooding and erosion.

  • Nature has systems in place that help filter chemicals and organic materials and slow down the flow of water. Natural infrastructure projects that protect forests and wetlands, reconnect floodplains, and create green spaces can improve the health of the entire watershed.

  • Natural landscapes such as marshes and floodplains are essential for proper functioning of lakes and streams by controlling water level fluctuations, retaining water, and restoring flows.

  • Vegetation, either naturally occurring or introduced, can help filter agricultural and stormwater runoff, reducing pollutants such as phosphorus, and creating a healthier habitat and cleaner water.

  • Supporting natural spaces and managing stormwater runoff yields broad benefits for people and nature: improved habitats for wildlife, cleaner water for the entire community, and a more sustainable ecosystem overall.

Connecting people to clean water

For Keurig, connecting people to clean water is not limited to supporting projects that provide water access, sanitation, and hygiene to those who need it. We also see a need to help people understand and connect to global and local water challenges, as well as to offer them an opportunity to be a part of the solutions.

  • Photo courtesy of charity: water
  • Photo courtesy of charity: water
  • Lake Champlain

Efficiency in our supply chain, facilities, and products

Good coffee management is good water management. We support projects within coffee communities that teach good farming techniques to manage water resources efficiently. We track and manage our own water usage. And, our single-serve brewers help consumers save water by avoiding wasted coffee.

Our water footprint

We conducted a comprehensive water footprint study for our coffee value chain using Fiscal 2012 data, which indicated that we are not a large direct consumer of water. The largest proportion of our water footprint is the water used in our supply chain — for growing coffee and processing coffee cherries.

Keurig Water Footprint

Bringing great minds together: CURRENT 2015

Keurig Green Mountain’s CURRENT 2015 water summit brought together more than 100 visionary leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors — all with a vested interest in creating a water-secure world. Check out this highlight video below.