Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and Latin America, has announced that, in line with their sustainability objectives, all packaging operations in Spain and Portugal have now been granted Chain of Custody certifications. Smurfit Kappa already has these certifications in Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy (continuing), the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
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The grant of these certifications in two additional countries is further delivery on Smurfit Kappa’s objective to fully comply with the Forest Stewardship Council (‘FSC’) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (‘PEFC’) certification schemes.
Implementing Chain of Custody means that the entire supply chain – from the forest to the final packaging – can be traced to ensure that only sustainably sourced forest materials are used. As the industry leader, Smurfit Kappa is committed to providing its customers with
Chain of Custody certified packaging.
These certifications are in line with Smurfit Kappa’s policy on ‘The Sustainable use of Fibre’ and is one of their ‘Long Term Sustainable Development Commitments’. This Commitment sets out that by 2015:
- All Smurfit Kappa fibre, produced or purchased, will be from sustainable sources;
- Over 90% of the paper and board produced will be certified Chain of Custody; and,
- Over 90% of the Smurfit Kappa packaging operations will operate under a Chain of Custody certification.
Smurfit Kappa’s Chain of Custody certification programme started with virgin paper mills, followed by recycled paper mills and finally with packaging operations.
Smurfit Kappa is also actively involved in sustainability projects outside the organisation. Smurfit Kappa was invited by the FSC to participate in a working group to review the FSC standard. This invitation is recognition of Smurfit Kappa’s dedication to, and expertise in,
delivering Chain of Custody certifications.
Roberto Villaquiran, CEO of the Smurfit Kappa’s packaging operations in Europe commented: “Smurfit Kappa has made a commitment to move towards a more sustainable future. We are pleased to now be certified for Chain of Custody in 10 of our European countries of operation. It reflects our commitment to leadership in all aspects of our business and enables us to offer responsible and sustainably sourced products to our customers”.