July 8, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
With a portfolio encompassing some 400 brands in 14 categories including home, personal care and food products, Unilever has committed to sourcing sustainable paper packaging materials.
Unilever’s plan is to work with its suppliers to ensure that by 2015 it will have 75 per cent of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or from recycled material–rising to 100 per cent by 2020. It’s all part of Unilever’s plan to reduce its environmental impact, but to also double the size of its business.
The commitment makes Unilever the first global FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) company to commit to sourcing all of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or recycled material within a clearly defined time frame.
For the company’s requirements for paper from virgin sources, preference will be given to supplies delivered through the Forest Stewardship Council certification scheme. Unilever will also accept other national schemes under the framework of international Forest Management Certification standards, provided they comply with the Policy’s Implementation Guidelines.
The move means the logos of the acceptable forest management certification schemes will begin to appear on the packaging of Unilever’s portfolio of brands as progress is made towards reaching the target, and in order to increase consumer awareness and promote the expansion of certified forests in the world.
Marc Engel, Unilever’s chief procurement officer, says: “As a leading consumer goods company, we buy considerable quantities of paper and board for packaging to ensure our products are protected and transported safely. As such it is important that we promote sustainable forestry practices and help combat deforestation and climate change through the responsible sourcing of these materials.
"We are committed to working in partnership with all of our suppliers to progressively increase the proportion of paper and board packaging which comes from recycled materials, or sustainably managed forests, in order to achieve this ambitious target.”
For more information on Unilever’s commitment to sustainable packaging, click HERE.