01 December 2015
In its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations challenges companies, governments and private citizens to spend the next 15 years increasing responsible resource consumption and production, tackling climate change and working together toward important goals. In its 2015 sustainability update, Tetra Pak demonstrates strong commitment to achieving progress in these and other vital areas.

Tetra Pak’s global Sustainability Update outlines the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance. The 2014 sustainability report described many accomplishments, including doubling the global number of bio-based plastic caps on aseptic cartons, supporting the Carton Council in a drive to increase carton recycling and launching the Moving To The Front campaign to foster discussion about resource scarcity and responsible sourcing of materials.

In 2015, Moving to the Front continues to have a positive impact, driving dialogue among industry stakeholders. New this year is the launch of Learning Labs, a series of moderated discussions designed to uncover the benefits and best practices around the use of renewable resources. By bringing industry representatives from manufacturers, brands and retailers together with consumers and academia, the initiative seeks to fill the knowledge void around adoption of renewable resources and encourages information sharing on the benefits of using materials that are sourced, harvested and managed responsibly. Findings from the Learning Labs will be compiled into a comprehensive report to be issued in 2016.

2015 also has seen significant growth in U.S. access to carton recycling. Since the beginning of the year, 3 million U.S. households have gained the ability to recycle cartons through local recycling programs, an increase of more than 10,000 a day. Since the Carton Council was established six years ago, U.S. consumer access to carton recycling has climbed from 18% to 56%, marking a 205% increase in the number of households that can recycle cartons.

In Canada, access to carton recycling remains high at 94%—and that number continues to grow. This widespread access has spurred a 26% increase in the national recycling rate for cartons since 2008. To build upon these gains, the Carton Council of Canada is working with local communities to increase awareness of carton recycling among consumers through digital advertising. Such efforts can accomplish significant reductions in the number of cartons that reach Canadian landfills and ultimately help stem greenhouse emissions

Beyond these notable achievements, the 2015 Sustainability Update shows continued determination to deliver on, and improve upon, Tetra Pak’s PROTECT WHAT’S GOOD promise. That means not just offering packaging and processing that keeps food and beverages safe but continually working for the future well-being of customers, global communities and the planet.

Some notable achievements profiled in the 2015 sustainability report include:

Promoting Packaging And Processing. The Tetra Rex bio-based carton hit the European market in January, introduced as the world’s first fully renewable package made exclusively from plant-derived materials. Also, the E3 filling machine debuted globally, with advanced technology that saves energy and lowers environmental impact by using electron beams (instead of hydrogen peroxide) to sterilize packaging material.

Elevating Health And Safety. The company announced significant strides toward implementation of a global operational health and safety (OHS) management system. So far 50% of the manufacturing sites have achieved OHSAS 18001 certification, up 8% since 2013, and the company’s leaders seek to reach 100% certification across the facilities by the end of 2016.

Encouraging Market Development. Tetra Pak continues to support projects in the Dairy Hubs program, which seeks to secure long-term supply of quality, locally produced milk in developing countries. In addition to establishing Dairy Hubs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka in 2014, the program commenced in Senegal early in 2015. During the past year, as a result of Dairy Hubs, particular progress has been made in Bangladesh, where the dairy farmers’ average net monthly income has reached $245, up from $70-$90 in 2012.

Supporting Global Communities. Through the Food for Development initiative, local governments across several continents are supporting school feeding programs. Last year, a record-high 66 million children received milk and other nutritious beverages in Tetra Pak cartons. Also, the Deeper in the Pyramid unit of the company introduced more than 20 products geared toward consumers with low incomes in more than 10 countries; the number of such packages sold increased by 12% compared with the same period last year.

Learn more about Tetra Pak’s sustainability achievements and goals in the 2015 Sustainability Update.

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