The vision statement is a further commitment by Smurfit Kappa in a journey on which we will constantly strive to improve the manner in which we serve the interests of our key stakeholders including our customers, our employees, the local communities in which we are privileged to operate and the providers of capital.
We believe that our progress in our objectives can only be achieved through business practices that are based on the principles of long term sustainable development. We have made a lot of progress in our objectives and our unequivocal commitment is to continue to strive to improve in everything we do.
We have set out targets to strengthen our sustainable business practices under seven key building blocks. Detailed objectives have been set for each focus area to be delivered between 2013 and 2020.
Chain of Custody
At Smurfit Kappa our certified and verified chain of custody is proof sustainability is in every fiber of our business. We produce paper and packaging from virgin and recycled fibers. We are committed to sourcing and managing our natural resources in the most efficient and responsible way possible, through sustainable forest management at our own plantations and forests and transparent processes across the supply chain. We do this not only to meet our own sustainability responsibilities but also those of our customers, providing peace of mind around the origin of the paper-based packaging they use.
We put our commitment into action through voluntary participation in three industry leading forest certification schemes – the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) and the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI™) – and a comprehensive Chain of Custody certified supply chain system.
Comprising stringent sourcing, monitoring and risk management practices, and holding our suppliers to the same standards, this third-party verified approach means we can guarantee sustainability at every stage of the packaging production process – literally from forest to factory or shop door. It also enables us to meet our robust commitments:
Decreasing our fossil CO2 emissions will contribute to a less carbon-intensive economy and will support our customers in reducing their environmental footprint. Our objective is to contribute toward a lower fossil CO2-intensive economy and we will promote the use of renewable energy sources where economically feasible.
Reducing waste is a beneficial method of reducing our environmental impact and improving our operational efficiency. Our objective is to contribute to a circular economy, utilizing ‘cradle to cradle’ principles where relevant. All paper packaging which we provide to our customers is already 100% recyclable. Eventually, we will take all avoidable waste out of our production system and we will minimize our waste to landfill to those materials that are not further recyclable and/or recoverable.
Water is a vital element in our manufacturing process and we recognize that fresh water availability is a growing global concern. Our objective is to minimize the impact our water usage and discharge have on the environment, the water ecosystems and the water balance of the areas where our operations are located. In areas with fresh water scarcity, we are committed to help safeguard the availability of fresh water for the local communities where we operate.
Health and Safety
Providing healthy and safe working conditions for our people is a core commitment. Our objective is to take a holistic approach to increasing safety and well-being at work. Reaching zero fatalities in our operations is a must. Investing in awareness program and safety training should support our drive to further decrease the number of accidents.
Sustainable sourcing supports our processes and products to become more sustainable and will contribute to an enduring supply chain for our customers. Our objective is to only partner with supply chain participants that are willing to embrace our sustainability principles. Our approach is to engage with our suppliers, requesting them to employ sustainable practices. Recurring audits and follow up programs will be used to assure continuous progress.
Community involvement is a key corporate responsibility already practiced in many locations where we have operations. Our objective is to contribute positively to the economic and social development of the communities in which we are privileged to operate by providing jobs and responding to the communities’ social needs. We strive to be an integral part of the communities where we are located by supporting activities and community support programs focusing on, for example, health and education.
Code of Business Conduct
Continuously emphasize the importance of our Code of Business Conduct to all employees and integrate these principles into our daily business transactions.