Raw materials

Sourcing raw materials sustainably is an important consideration for all responsible businesses.  Climate change and an increasing population put pressure on the limited resources available so it is important that these materials are sourced sustainably and also used in the most efficient and least wasteful way.   

RM raw materialsObjective:

  • To provide a better understanding of the potential to reduce the environmental impacts of key raw materials used by the soft drinks industry. 



There are a number of initiatives and certification schemes in place across Europe to help soft drinks companies embed sustainability into their supply chains.  A number of BSDA members support and participate in the following:

  • Juice CSR Platform:  A business-driven sustainability initiative specifically established for the fruit juice industry to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their business operations and core strategy.  
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC):  An international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.  In the UK, the carton industry is committed to FSC. 
  • Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI):  The main food and drink industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide.
  • Bonsucro (Better Sugar Cane Initiative):  The first independent certification programme for the sugar cane industry. 

BSDA members assisted with the piloting of WRAP’s Raw Material Risk and Opportunity Screening Tool. This high-level support tool helped food and drink businesses begin to identify, understand and address the potential risks associated with their supply chains. 

Case studies:

  CCEP is working to understand the different environmental effects of using sugar beet and sugar cane
 WRAPLOGO RGB 2013  WRAP's Raw Material Risk and Opportunity Screening Tool