Sustainability

At Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., we are passionate about our business and look for ways to be more sustainable in everything that we do. Over the past several years we have grown rapidly and today we are a leading personal beverage system company. Our growth and evolution blends a socially responsible, premium coffee roaster with a high-tech, innovative appliance maker, making our unique and powerful business model possible.
We’re setting ambitious 2020 sustainability targets.

Resilient Supply Chain

Engage 1 million people in our manufacturing and agriculture supply chains to significantly improve their livelihoods.

Source 100% of primary agricultural and manufactured products according to established Keurig Green Mountain responsible sourcing guidelines.

Sustainable Products

100% of K-Cup® packs will be recyclable.

Reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of brewed beverages by 25% vs. 2012 baseline.

Achieve zero waste-to-landfill at our owned and operated manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Thriving People and Communities

Engage 100% of employees to understand our vision and values, and present opportunities that
allow them to contribute to our targets.

Provide access to clean water to 1 million people worldwide.

Engage 1 million people in our manufacturing and agriculture supply chains to significantly improve their livelihoods.

Source 100% of primary agricultural and manufactured products according to established Keurig Green Mountain responsible sourcing guidelines.

100% of K-Cup® packs will be recyclable.

Reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of brewed beverages by 25% vs. 2012 baseline.

Achieve zero waste-to-landfill at our owned and operated manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Engage 100% of employees to understand our vision and values, and present opportunities that
allow them to contribute to our targets.

Provide access to clean water to 1 million people worldwide.

We’re working in our global supply chain.
Factory Livelihoods

Life Skills

We funded a grant to the Institute of Contemporary Observation (ICO) for life-skills training classes at contract manufacturing sites. In total, ICO conducted 14 trainings in fiscal 2013, educating employees on topics such as managing money and career development.

Community Well-Being

Partners in Health

We committed more than $1.3 million to a partnership with Partners in Health to improve health care in rural Mexico’s coffee-growing communities. In fiscal 2013 alone, six new health clinics opened that reached 18,000 patients.

Water Management

Sustainable Harvest

In fiscal 2013, we expanded our food-security work in Kigoma, Tanzania, to provide water management training to 500 coffee-growing families in six villages.

Agricultural Ecosystems

Tackling La Roya

Coffee leaf rust — “La Roya” — is a huge threat to Latin America’s coffee farmers. We committed $1.9 million to Root Capital and sponsored a gathering of global experts to share solutions with the region's farmers.

Food Security

Catholic Relief Services

We committed $5.4 million to Catholic Relief Services for a project that promotes food security, financial training, and income diversification for more than 10,000 coffee producers across Central America and East Africa.

Water Stewardship

Blue Harvest Project

We committed $2.5 million to a project with Catholic Relief Services focused on coffee-producing communities in Central America. The effort encourages farming practices and political processes that restore and protect local water supplies.

We’re focusing on our products.

Distributing Efficiently

By reconfiguring the pallets we ship between our plants and distribution centers, we have been able to make more efficient use of truck space, increasing the number of K-Cup® packs we can fit on each truck by 23%.

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Grounds to grow on™

The Grounds to Grow On™ program allows workplace customers in the U.S. using commercial Keurig® machines to return used K-Cup® packs to our disposal partner for composting and waste-to-energy processing.

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2020 TARGET: 100% RECYCLABLE
K-CUP® pack

We are working on multiple fronts to reach our target, including evaluating plastics options and alternative materials and looking for ways to make the components of the pack easier to separate.

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Assessing Product Impact

Life cycle assessments of our Keurig® brewers, K-Cup® packs, and Brew Over Ice technology have helped to guide our product development process as we seek to understand and address our environmental impact.

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GHG Emissions

Target: By 2020 reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of brewed beverages by 25% vs. 2012 baseline.

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We’re tapping into the passion and talent of our employees.
Each year, we send dozens of employees on Company-sponsored “origin trips” to visit coffee-growing communities. We are expanding these trips to include our manufacturing supply chain.
All manufacturing site shifts begin with a mandatory work readiness stretch aimed at reducing the risk of injury. The program includes specifically designed stretching, breathing, and relaxation exercises.
In fiscal 2013, our employees participated in five River Cleanup events, removing 30,000 pounds of trash, 6,000 pounds of metal, and 500 tires.
As part of Employee Appreciation Day in September 2013, hundreds of our people packaged 75,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency.
We invest in our employees with a robust suite of learning and development programs that enable personal and professional growth and aid in our organizational development.
Our employees enjoy working for – and stay working at – our Company. Our strong retention rate has hovered around 90% since fiscal 2007.