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  1. 1. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeSummit Brands Supplier Sustainability Initiative
  2. 2. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeTable of ContentsResources for Completion, By Section ………………………… 3 Energy Data Section ……………………………………….….. 3 Waste & Water Section ……………………………………..... 4 Supplier Section ………………………………………………… 4Frequently Asked Questions ………………………………………. 5Glossary …………………………………………………………………….. 6
  3. 3. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeWelcome!You have been invited to participate in the Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability Initiative.The program is designed to measure environmental impacts made by your organizationand within Summit Brands’ supply chain. The process will walk you through data collectionfor the following key sustainability categories: • Energy Use and Emissions • Waste Generation and Disposal • Water Consumption and DisposalThis data will be used to develop a baseline (or beginning) measurement of your facilitysenvironmental impacts. This measurement, as well as ongoing performance tracking, willbe used to identify efficiency opportunities and assess improvements. Furthermore, thisprogram will allow your company to comply with both Walmarts and Summit Brandssustainability initiatives.Resources for Completion, By SectionEnergy Data SectionHigh energy consumption exposes companies to unnecessary political and economic risks,contributes to climate change, and impacts Summit Brands’ ability to remain competitive.By requesting supply chain partners to report their energy use data, Summit Brands willbegin to develop a baseline, or point of reference for, energy and emissions measurementwithin its supply chain.Once this baseline is established, Summit Brands will be able to support you and othersuppliers in setting efficiency and reduction targets that mitigate impacts relevant not onlyto your company but also the communities supporting your business.The Energy Use sections of the data collection tool will ask for the following, which youshould be able to obtain from your utility bills, HVAC service records, and fleet vehiclerecords: • Basic information about the size and type(s) of your operations • The total purchased electricity consumption for your facility in 2012 • Volume of steam purchased by your facility in 2012 • Amount of natural gas, diesel, and propane fuels consumed by your facility in 2012 • Information about your HVAC system emissions (referred to as fugitive), including volume of refrigerant used in 2012 • Details about your fleet vehicles, including: o Type of vehicle o Total fuel use of vehicle in 2012 o Total distance traveled by vehicle in 2012
  4. 4. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeWaste & Water SectionWaste and water are the two other impacts addressed by the data collection portal.Summit Brands is interested in reducing waste, reducing water consumption, and usingnatural resources more efficiently.You will need your waste management and water billing statements to complete thissection, along with the details of any of your waste diversion programs and informationabout any waste reduction projects or water efficiency projects your company hasundertaken.In this section, you will be asked to report (for 2012): • How much waste your company sent to landfill • The amounts and methods of waste diversion employed by your company (e.g. recycling, composting, etc.) • How much waste was diverted from landfill • Details of any waste reduction or diversion projects completed • How much water your company used • How much water was recycled/reused by your company • Details of any water reduction or efficiency projects completedSupplier Info. SectionThe final section in the data collection tool will be used to assist your company to report toCDP. CDP is an independent, non-profit organization that houses the largest database ofcorporate climate change information in the world. 64 companies, including Walmart,request that suppliers report to CDP. As part of Summit Brands’ environmental initiativesand our participation in the Walmart Sustainability Index program, we are requesting thatour suppliers also report to CDP.Summit Brands consulting partners at Renewable Choice Energy will create an account foryou and assist you in responding to the CDP questionnaire. However, some of theinformation that you will report to CDP will be entered via the data collection portal.Specifically, you will be asked to report: • The amount of product(s) produced by your company and the percentage of product(s) sold to Summit Brands • Who is responsible for tracking environmental impact data at your facilities • Details of any environmental projects you have undertaken in the past year • Your sustainability goals and any analysis you have performed on your climate- related risks and opportunities • How your employees are engaged in environmental initiatives
  5. 5. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeFrequently Asked QuestionsWhy am I being asked to participate in this process by Summit Brands?Developing a baseline measurement of your facility’s impacts and tracking its performanceover time is essential for identifying risks and efficiency opportunities or assessingimprovements, and helping your staff understand how their actions can positively impactyour bottom line.Who should complete the data collection?The person in your factory who is responsible for your environmental management system,facilities, or related departments is likely the best person to complete the data collection,although multiple employees and/or departments may have responsibility for itscompletion.How will the information I provide be used?Summit Brands will use the information to identify risks and best practices, develop abaseline environmental supply chain metric, and the isolate potential reduction and/orefficiency targets. The information that is provided to Summit Brands is confidential; it willnot be shared with anyone outside of Summit Brands, Walmart, and their consultingpartners.We do not currently disclose our environmental impact information. What are thereasons for doing so?Disclosing your environmental impact information can have many benefits for yourorganization, including: • The potential to attract new customers or retain current customers • The opportunity to connect with preferred suppliers who share your values • Improved relationships with internal and external stakeholders • Public approval and media risk mitigationThere is increasing pressure for companies to disclose and take responsibility for theirenvironmental impacts. Customers and investors are demanding that businesses reducetheir energy and resource use. Future legislation may require companies to reduceenvironmental impact. Pressures like these are driving businesses around the world toincrease disclosure in this area.
  6. 6. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability InitiativeGlossaryBaseline measurementBasic or beginning measurement. Baseline measurements are valuable when settingmanagement and/or reduction goals in order to have something to compare against whenmaking improvements, diagnosing inefficiencies, or tracking progress.CDPAn independent, non-profit organization that houses the largest database of corporateclimate change information in the world. More than 3,000 companies from around theglobe report their environmental impacts to CDP on an annual basis, and more than 6,000suppliers were invited to report during the 2011 Supply Chain Program. Formerly knownas the Carbon Disclosure Project.EmissionsThe exhaust gas(es) produced as the result of fuel combustion.Emission ScopesCategorization of emission types as Scope 1, Scope 2, or Scope 3. Scope 1 emissions aredirect emissions and occur onsite or from sources that a company owns and controls (e.g.the combustion of fuels, refrigerants, etc.). Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions thatresult from the generation of purchased electricity, heat, or steam. Scope 3 emissions areindirect emissions that a company has little control over, such as emissions within thesupply chain. For the purposes of this program, suppliers will measure and report onlyScope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.Fleet vehiclesVehicles which are owned or leased by your company for the purposes of product delivery,corporate travel, or other business reasons. Vehicles in this category may include bothautomobiles and airplanes.Fugitive emissionsThe exhaust gases produced by pressurized equipment due to leaks, commonly occurringin certain industrial processes (e.g. HVAC refrigerants).Purchased electricityElectricity that is sourced by a third-party provider and purchased by the organization. Forexample, power purchased from a utility.Purchased steamSteam that is generated by a third-party provider and then purchased by the organization.Walmart Sustainability IndexIn 2009, Walmart committed to leveraging its size and scale to help develop a globalSustainability Index, a new retail standard for the 21st century. One goal is to improve the
  7. 7. Summit Brands Supplier Sustainability Initiativesustainability of products sold at Walmart by creating a more transparent supply chain.The Index uses a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess and track supplierperformance towards addressing the critical sustainability issues for consumer goods.Waste diversionWaste diversion is any solid waste that is diverted away from the landfill via recycling,reuse, composting, or incineration. Total solid waste is generally made up of that wastewhich cannot be diverted from the landfill and that which can.Waste reduction and/or diversion improvement projectsCapital investment in an organization’s facilities that results in the creation of less waste oran increase in the diversion rate from the waste-to-landfill stream. For example, thecreation of a composting program for the employee canteen that diverts food waste fromlandfill. Some reduction and/or diversion projects may include human behavioral changesuch as training employees to utilize recycling bins.Water consumptionWater use for the technical goals of industry including steam generation, cooling, and thedevelopment or washing of products.Water discharged (sewage)Wastewater that includes industrial contaminants or pollutants and is released back intothe environment by an organization.Water efficiency projectsCapital investment in an organization’s facilities that results in an overall reduction in waterconsumption and/or wastewater generation or a less water intensive production process.For example, the installation of low flush toilets or urinals that do not require water foroperation. Some efficiency projects may include human behavioral change such as trainingemployees to turn off water sources when not in use.Water recycledWastewater (effluent, sewage) that has been treated to remove certain impurities and isreused in landscaping, irrigation, or to replenish groundwater aquifers.