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SIG reports key milestones on its journey way beyond good

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SIG set out to become a net positive company three years ago

SIG’s Corporate Responsibility Report for 2018 highlights the progress the company has made towards its bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good – and explores what this means for the environment, society, and SIG.

Milestones on the journey

SIG set out to become a net positive company three years ago. Since then, the company has achieved a host of industry firsts:

  • First to enable customers to include the FSC label on any of its packs – by the end of 2018, 96% of SIG packs carried the FSC logo
  • First to offer an aseptic carton linked to 100% renewable plant-based materials – SIGNATURE PACK 100 has a 58% lower carbon footprint than SIG’s standard packs in the world’s first ISO-conformant life-cycle assessment for a mass balance product
  • First to source all the energy used to make its packs from renewable sources – 100% of electricity and gas for production came from renewable sources in 2018, either directly or indirectly through GoldPower® certified renewable energy projects
  • First to achieve certification to the new Aluminum Stewardship Initiative standard – in 2018, SIG became one of the first companies in the world to achieve this certification to enhance traceability and responsibility in the aluminum supply chain
  • First to offer a market-ready alternative to plastic straws for use with aseptic carton packs – SIG’s paper straw solution was launched in early 2019 and Nestlé has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

In addition, SIG recently celebrated the launch of its Cartons for Good flagship project in Bangladesh, where its unique mobile filling machine is helping farmers preserve surplus food and providing children with school meals.


Rolf Stangl, SIG CEO said: “I am very proud of the progress we have made since we embarked on our responsibility roadmap in 2016. We are leading the industry by pioneering sustainable innovations that will help to deliver scalable, systemic net positive impacts – for society, the environment, and our business.”

Transparent reporting

SIG’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report combines narrative on the company’s progress with detailed reporting on the management of its most material environmental and social issues. It was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option. GRI requirements are clearly signposted throughout the document, together with relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Visual cues throughout the document highlight areas where SIG is leading the industry, as well as tracking progress towards its goals and acknowledging key challenges as part of the company’s commitment to transparency.

SIG’s external Responsibility Advisory Group (RAG) met for the first time in 2018 and direct feedback from members of the RAG is published in the report, together with the company’s response. Quotes from other stakeholders add further credibility and selected data points have been externally assured.

The report shows how corporate responsibility is built into the company strategy and every aspect of the business as SIG strives to go Way Beyond Good.


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