For the third time now, Südpack has voluntarily published an extensive sustainability report. The current publication transpar-ently communicates the progress made in 2018 and 2019 in the fields of environment, economy and social responsibility. Some of the most notable focal points include the roadmap for sustainable film packaging from Südpack as well as the implementation of reusable material loops within the company itself.
For Südpack, sustainability is an elementary component of corporate strategy. As a leading film manufacturer and pioneering partner in the development of sustainable packaging concepts, the company group has worked intensively on expanding its innovative product portfolio in recent years within the framework of its sustainability offensive. At the same time, various initiatives have been launched, which most particu-larly take material reduction, recyclability, renewable raw materials and a circular economy into account. These initiatives will make it possible to meet both the current and future needs of the packaging industry by minimizing resource consumption as much as possible in the production of packaging and by closing reusable material loops.
Compared to the two previous reports, the scope of this report has been expanded to include two international sites. In addition to the sites Südpack Verpackungen GmbH & Co. KG and ecoform Multifol Verpackungsfolien GmbH & Co. KG with the production sites in Ochsenhausen, Erlenmoos, Schwendi and Erolzheim, the sites SÜD-PACK Kłobuck Sp. z o.o. (Poland) and Südpack Bioggio SA (Swit-zerland) have also been included in the communication. The production processes at all six sites have been developed and optimized so re-sources can be used in production even more efficiently than before.
Published every two years, the report is based on the leading interna-tional standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Südpack views its extensive sustainability reporting not only as a voluntary commitment to provide maximum transparency for its customers, busi-ness partners, stakeholders and employees, but above all “as part of an ongoing process of optimization within our company and as a key con-tribution to the ongoing advancement of an entire industry,” explained Erik Bouts, CEO of Südpack. After all, “we can only face global chal-lenges, such as climate change, ever-increasing pollution and devel-opments in social interaction, when, in our view, all those bearing re-sponsibility in the industrial and social realms contribute to an absolutely essential, holistic transformation and shoulder their responsibility.”
One of the target-oriented approaches taken by Südpack has been to create the new division “CSR and Sustainability,” which will be within the sphere of Strategic Marketing. Based on a holistic sustainability strategy, it will be possible to implement new projects even more effec-tively and to increasingly consolidate the individual sustainability initia-tives. To give just one example, the agenda includes the execution of projects that contribute to the carbon neutrality of the sites as well as reducing the carbon footprint of packaging materials from Südpack.