Rexam has launched its first Sustainability Report, which has been awarded a grade A application level from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most comprehensive sustainability reporting guidelines currently available.
"We're extremely proud of our achievements over the past 20 years," said Graham Chipchase, chief executive, Rexam PLC. "Rexam has a vital role in the packaging supply chain and it's due to the hard work and collaboration with our key stakeholders that we can celebrate our report today. We believe that running our business sustainably is essential to near-term success and long-term prosperity."
Over the past two decades, as a company, and through its partnerships, Rexam has achieved a number of key milestones:
- Lightweighting programmes have resulted in reduction in can weight of 21% since 1992, and today continues to generate year-on-year metal savings (10,000 tonnes in 2011).
- Of the 60 billion cans Rexam produces annually, around 70% will be recycled in 2012.
- In 2011, CO2 savings through energy efficiency programmes saved the equivalent of running two of Rexam's factories for a year.
- The company improved its safety record, with 70% of sites not recording a lost time incident in 2011, and its track record in Lost Time Accident Rates is one of the best in the industry.
- In healthcare, Rexam has recently launched Novelia, a preservative-free multi-dose eyedropper, significantly reducing the amount of plastic required, and drug wastage, by 90%.
The recent PwC report on sustainable packaging confirms that interdependence and collaboration across the supply chain reduces product wastage and minimises environmental impacts.
Rexam has a long track record of active engagement across the supply chain. The company says that this 'has been, and will continue to be' its key contribution to the sustainable development agenda.
"As we've seen from the Rio+20 discussions, companies are essential to ongoing sustainable development, and we are rightly proud to play our part on this global stage," said John Revess, director group sustainability, Rexam PLC. "From eco-design to safety and employee engagement, we work tirelessly to engrain sustainability in our business culture and achieve the stretching targets we have set ourselves."
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