The packaging giant has adopted the GRI framework for its latest sustainability report, aligning performance to how it is addressing nine of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But slow progress on its goal of doubling recycling rates by 2020 has prompted it to adopt new metrics
Tetra Pak has solid sustainability credentials and ambitious targets. Three years ago it launched the industry’s first package made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. In February this year it became the first food packaging company to have its emissions targets approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative. A CDP Climate A-Lister and member of the Climate Group’s RE100, it has pledged to use 100% renewable energy across all its operations by 2030.
Founded in 1951, the Swiss-headquartered company has more than 24,000 employees and provides products to more than 175 different countries. In 2016 it sold a staggering 188 billion packages and achieved net sales of €11.4bn.
With operations at this scale, being socially responsible is essential and the company – whose sustainability motto is “Protects what’s good” – has publicly committed to running the business in an environmentally sound and sustainable way.
Tetra Pak started publishing an annual sustainability report in 2004 and, for 2017, has adopted Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines for the first time. “The GRI framework provides a mechanism for us to report our progress on sustainability against an industry-wide standard,” said Chris Huntley, senior vice president communications and chair of the company’s sustainability forum. He...