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Tetra Pak certifies entire supply chain for sustainable forest products

Leading packaging manufacturer, Tetra Pak, has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its entire supply chain, covering 92 facilities worldwide.

Leading packaging manufacturer, Tetra Pak, has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its entire supply chain, covering 92 facilities worldwide.

The chain of custody certification allows wood-derived products to be traced at every step through the supply chain to sustainably-managed forests, meaning that Tetra Pak can now supply certified packaging from anywhere in the world.

Tetra Pak is a founding member of the FSC and launched the first FSC-labelled carton in 2007, but this latest achievement marks a step change in multi-site certifications.

‘Increasing awareness’

Mario Abreu, vice president of environment at Tetra Pak, “As a major user of paperboard, we feel it’s our responsibility to do what we can to improve the management of the world’s forests.

“Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products they buy, expecting businesses to help them make better choices.

“Our consumers now have an opportunity to demonstrate their support for responsible forestry anywhere in the world.”

Intensifying pressure

The pressure on suppliers to demonstrate sustainable forest product management is set to intensify, with many large businesses already struggling to keep up with their deforestation targets.

In April 2014, Oldham-based packaging firm, Ribble Packaging, received Business Growth Hub support to help it achieve FSC certification after identifying it as a key strategic objective.

Key objective

Ribble Packaging, which produces over 65 million square metres of corrugated board annually, immediately benefitted from new business opportunities following accreditation and expects it to continue to open up new growth opportunities going forwards. 

Ribble Packaging’s safety, health and environment manager, Mat Pursall, said: “FSC accreditation is an important part of the company’s environmental strategy, aimed at decreasing our direct environmental impact and improving the sustainability of our products. Feedback from our customers has been extremely positive following accreditation.”