DS Smith achieves sustainability targets

Ninety per cent of DS Smith’s packaging materials now come from recovered sources – a phenomenal achievement for Europe’s leading supplier of consumer and secondary packaging. According to its newly-published Sustainability Report, it has reduced its waste to landfill by 26.2 per cent, saved 286,970 tonnes of CO2 and prevented 562,686 trees from being cut down.

DS Smith achieves sustainability targets

These impressive accomplishments demonstrate the company’s continued dedication to transforming the way it operates and setting the highest standards for the European packaging industry.

Mark Greenwood, Group Sustainability Director at DS Smith explains: “At DS Smith we take sustainability very seriously and are always looking at new eco-friendly practices and possibilities. This report is proof of our commitment to increase sustainability and we’re thrilled that we have had our best-ever year in terms of waste and CO2 reduction. ”

“Our vision is clear; to be the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions”, says Mark Greenwood, Group Sustainability Director.

Mark Greenwood about the packaging reputation and fibre sourcing

Mark continues: “Interestingly, packaging reputation and fibre sourcing and availability were revealed as two of the highest priority issues for internal and external stakeholders in our recent materiality analysis. This highlights the increasing importance to our customers of not only the sustainability credentials of our packaging but of the whole supply chain. In addition, a number of pieces of legislation, including the EU Timber Regulations and the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, have increased consumer interest and we are committed to responding and ensuring our supply cycle is beyond reproach. As a result, we have rolled out our Global Supplier Standard, comprising our minimum requirements for quality and sustainability, and created a Modern Slavery Working Group which is planning a range of activities to respond to the new legislation.“

“Driving sustainability throughout a business is an ongoing process”, Mark concludes, “and I’m confident that over the next few years DS Smith will continue to lead the industry in its imaginative and effective approach to its business practice, people and the environment”.

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