Smurfit Kappa reaches a new milestone in promoting the use of sustainable forests
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has announced that it has achieved 90 percent chain of custody certification by FSC, PEFC or SFI for the packaging it sells to customers, which serves to confirm the long-standing commitment to sustainability Smurfit Kappa is known for.
This certification is an important element in providing end-to-end transparency across the supply chain, plus assurance of the sustainability of all raw materials used. Smurfit Kappa is also dedicated to helping customers meet their own environmental targets.
Certification of its products according to FSC, PEFC or SFI is the most robust and trustworthy way to ensure that the sourcing of the fibres for its paper-based packaging promote sustainable forest management, which inspires other companies to do the same.
Steve Stoffer, Group VP Development at Smurfit Kappa, said: “At Smurfit Kappa we understand the important of sustainability in everything we do, and see it as our responsibility to ensure the products we supply to our customers meet the highest chain of custody standards. We are delighted to have achieved this target and take great pride in contributing to better management of the world’s forests and a more sustainable future.”
Smurfit Kappa implements strict sourcing, monitoring, and risk management practices across its worldwide operations to achieve its goals, including:
- Certification of the plantations and forests that the company owns and manages by FSC or PEFC forest management schemes.
- Applying a third party certified FSC, PEFC and/or SFI Chain or Custody system across over 300 sites.
- Applying a stringent sourcing policy for its virgin and recovered fibres.
- Maintaining full transparency and traceability for complete fibre flow through the plantations and forests the company owns and manages, and through its network of trusted and certified suppliers.
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