FSC International's Kim Carstensen (left) and SIG Combibloc CEO Rolf Stangl hailed the achievement.
SIG Combibloc will label 100% of its carton packs for food and beverage applications as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified from August, marking the company’s latest environmental milestone.
The achievement means that SIG Combibloc will be able to guarantee that sufficient quantities of wood from FSC-certified and responsibly managed forests have been used in the manufacture of the unprocessed cardboard, so that its customer across the world can bring to market SIG carton packs with the FSC label.
SIG Combibloc CEO Rolf Stangl said: “As one of the leading manufacturers of carton packs for foods and beverages, safeguarding the planet’s forests is a key corporate goal for us. Hand in hand with that goes our commitment to ensuring that the cardboard we use for our carton packs comes 100% from certified sources.
“We believe the FSC certification system is currently the most credible and the most widely accepted system for sustainable forest management. Globally, FSC-certified forests are still only available in a limited quantity. Through our well-developed network of cardboard suppliers, all of whom have certified cardboard production plants, we’re able to ensure that we have access to sufficient quantities of FSC unprocessed cardboard. As the first manufacturer of food and beverage packaging in the world to do so, we have therefore created the conditions to ensure all carton packs we produce can carry the FSC logo. We’re very proud of that, because it’s a key goal within our corporate strategy…”
And Kim Carstensen, director general of FSC International, added that the FSC marque was a prestigious claim for brands to carry: “Manufacturers and retailers can demonstrate their environmental and social commitment by offering FSC-certified products. The FSC label on carton packs shows that the processed wood fibres used come from responsibly managed, FSC-certified sources, and is a guarantee for consumers that by buying that particular carton they are acting responsibly.
“Food and beverage manufacturers can make important contributions to saving the environment and safeguarding social interests in the forest by working with FSC, and also secure a crucial competitive advantage for themselves.”
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