Packaging companies SIG and Amcor have united to create a value chain partnership which commits to 100% certified sourcing of aluminium.
The partnership aims to assure that the aluminium foil supply chain is working towards the performance standard of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
ASI has recently launched a new certification programme, which focuses on responsible production, sourcing and stewardship. The new scheme aims at addressing and reducing the impacts of aluminium production from mines and smelters.
Amcor is one of SIG’s main suppliers for aluminium in Europe. A razor-thin aluminium layer is used in most of SIG’s carton packs to protect the food from light, oxygen and external odours. The companies said they support ASI as it is “very effective in creating long-term consensus on standards”.
Christian Bauer, manager of environmental affairs and product-related sustainability at SIG, said: “This is not a pass/fail exercise, but a collaborative approach to share industry best practices and ensure we are at the forefront of sourcing aluminium foil that will meet or surpass the ASI performance standards, ensuring continuous environmental improvement as well as best in class ethical practices.”
SIG and Amcor have enlisted third-party verification body DNV GL to conduct pilot assessments. DNV GL principal consultant Colin Morgan said: “Engaging suppliers on improving sustainability performance from mine to manufacturing is a challenging task. We are proud to work together with SIG and Amcor to bring visibility over their supply chains, build capacity and help all stakeholders to get ready for ASI through our pilot audits. This is a pioneering approach to multi-tier engagement that delivers value and benefits for all involved.”
The companies said that last year collaborative assessments with value chain partners were completed in Europe and Asia for the manufacturing of aluminium foil and foil stock. The pilots provided a readiness check to close gaps against ASI standard requirements, and acknowledged any existing certifications the sites already have.
Dr Gerald Rebitzer, sustainability director at Amcor, added: “What we found was that the performance of the assessed sites generally aligns very well with the requirements of the ASI performance standard, and we are already working with the suppliers to close any gaps. The results are very encouraging.”
Earlier this year, Amcor revealed a pledge to make its entire range of packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
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