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Tetra Pak unwraps its sustainable future

Sep 16. 2020
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By The Nation

Tetra Pak says its 2020 sustainability report, “Enabling transformation”, marks a new stage of its approach to sustainability, encompassing the entire value chain.

The food-packaging giant uses the concept of protecting food, people and futures as the chapters of the company’s sustainability story, which it says underpins its brand promise to “protect what’s good”. Tetra Pak uses UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide its sustainability effort.

The company said it is contributing to SDGs 2 (end hunger) and 12 (responsible consumption and production), by building sustainable value chains, such as through participation in school feeding programmes for 68 million children in 56 countries, and the Dairy Hub model, which collects 389,470 litres of milk per day from smallholder farmers.

The company said it protects people by enabling its employees, promoting growth and development for all, and driving actions to ensure a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. For example, Tetra Pak has demonstrated a 14 per cent rise in women in top management and 8 per cent reduction in lost time accidents at plants.

Tetra Pak said it now uses 69 per cent of renewable energy in its operations. Last year, 50 billion Tetra Pak packages were recycled, and the company said it successfully achieved its goal to reduce carbon emissions by saving 10 million tonnes of CO2 across the value chain over the decade.

Tetra Pak Thailand has installed 3,076 solar panels at its factory in Rayong to provide 1,350 MWh of renewable electricity every year, saving over 850 tonnes of CO2. The company said it also achieved a major 10-year milestone with “The Green Roof Project for Friends in Need Volunteers Foundation” by collecting over 2,300 tons of used cartons to be turned into more than 65,000 roofing sheets for victims of natural disaster and other people in need.

Meanwhile, its “Beverage Carton Recycling Project” (BECARE) has collected over 2,300 tons of used beverage cartons, plus over 1 million sheets of recycled paper that were donated to 13 schools for the blind in Thailand. Last year, the company supported the launch of the School Milk Carton Recycling project at more than 350 Bangkok schools.

“Our joined-up approach to three of our sustainability pillars — protecting food, people and futures — also shares a common commitment to partnership,” said Bert Jan Post, managing director of Tetra Pak (Thailand) Limited. “By working together with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders we can lead the sustainability transformation and drive the most meaningful positive change.”

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