Coca-Cola Enterprises' Suppliers Identify Collaboration as a Key Driver of Sustainability Progress

Coca-Cola Enterprises' Suppliers Identify Collaboration as a Key Driver of Sustainability Progress

Company explores solutions during its second annual supplier webinar and recognizes suppliers’ performance.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:20am

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London, June 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ – A survey among Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) suppliers published today reveals that suppliers identified supplier collaboration (87%), customer collaboration (86%) and employee contribution (84%) as the best ways to seek out ideas for sustainability innovation.

Findings of the survey were discussed earlier this week at CCE’s annual Supplier Sustainability Webinar, which provided CCE and over 150 of its suppliers with an opportunity to discuss how to collaborate more effectively and sustainably. The webinar included several case studies from suppliers, about collaborating on sustainable agriculture issues and working towards a circular economy.

In 2014, CCE announced it had achieved an 18% carbon footprint reduction – half-way towards meeting its commitment to ‘reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by one third, by 2020.’ This required the company to work across its entire value chain, in close partnership with its suppliers.

“I’m delighted that 150 of our suppliers have joined our webinar earlier this week to discuss the important topic of sustainability, which is at the core of our business” said Bill Douglas, Executive Vice President Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Enterprises. “Our suppliers are critical partners on our sustainability journey and we believe collaboration and innovation throughout our value chain are essential in advancing our sustainable growth.”

CCE also announced the winner of its 2013 Supplier Awards, which recognize performance on quality, service, value and corporate responsibility and sustainability. The ‘Best Supplier’ award went to Closure System International, while Adare was recognized as ‘Most Improved Supplier’ and Electrabel GDF SUEZ as ‘Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Supplier.’

‘Last year we were runners up in the Best Supplier award category and we are delighted that our progress to deliver a high level of service and quality has been recognised by CCE this year” said Mr. Marshall White, President & CEO of CSI.

We worked very closely with CCE to develop a significant flexibility over the years to secure on-going production in a changing external environment. One of our key targets in 2014 is to support CCE in achieving their sustainability aim for 2020 whilst keeping the high service level we reached. This award confirms our mission to remain a top quality supplier serving in a very collaborative way with its customers”.


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Coca-Cola Enterprises 2013 Supplier Award Winners:

Best Supplier Award

Winner: CSI – Closure Systems International

CSI has consistently delivered a high level of service and quality. In particular, the company has demonstrated a significant flexibility over the year that has enabled CCE to secure on-going production in challenging circumstances.

CSI has demonstrated outstanding commitment to CCE’s sustainability goals, particularly with the development and implementation of light weighted closures and the allocation of devoted resources to sustainability projects.


Most Improved Supplier Award

Winner: Adare

Adare has transformed the way it serves CCE by implementing important changes to its  local team structure, and by creating a new focus on innovation with dedicated resources. Adare acted upon feedback to improve, particularly in terms of product quality, level of services with better delivery timing and supporting key initiatives like the “European Point of Sales” harmonization project.


CRS Supplier Award

Winner: Electrabel GDF SUEZ

Electrabel has exceeded CCE’s expectations in working to deliver carbon emission reductions and supplying CCE with low-carbon energy, including renewable energies and optimised Grid management. Electrabel is also challenging its own carbon footprint with a goal of 25% reduction by 2015 using carbon footprinting.