As a global company with offices, operations, customers and suppliers around the world, Tetra Pak recognises the need to take a broad view of sustainability, , shaped by our brand promise:, to PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™. Clearly, that’s about protecting food through the processing, packaging and servicing activities that have long been the core of our business. But it goes further. It is also about protecting people: our own employees, as well as the communities in which we work and society as a whole. And it is about protecting futures: by developing the products and services that will support the future business growth of our customers; by acting and operating in ways that best protect the future of our environment; and by driving a sustainable growth agenda that best ensures the future success of Tetra Pak
We are working to minimise our environmental impact across the entire value chain, from sourcing to production to the use and disposal of our products, working in partnership with our suppliers and customers. We continually strive to develop innovative products that meet our customers’ needs – including their requirement for a high standard of environmental performance.
On average, more than three-quarters of a Tetra Pak carton’s weight is made up of paperboard. Securing a sustainable supply of wood-based products is therefore absolutely critical to our business. Forests are important for life on earth, for people and for business. We work to protect the forests by ensuring responsible forest management through traceability, certification and labelling of our products.
We have set minimum requirements – going beyond applicable legislation – for our suppliers. For example, Liquid Packaging Board (LPB) delivered to Tetra Pak may not include illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights, or wood harvested from areas where high conservation values are threatened by management activities – among other limitations.
We believe the most credible certification system is the one run by the Forest Stewardship Council™, which was founded in 1994 by a group of NGOs, timber users and traders to balance the economic, environmental and social aspects of forest management.
In 2007 we labelled our first packages with the FSC logo, indicating that they complied with FSC requirements. Since that time, that same label has appeared on more than 185 billion Tetra Pak packages… and the number continues to grow. More important than the labelling, however, we now secure 100% of our paperboard from FSC-certified or controlled sources!
Having already achieved FSC Chain of Custody certification for all our converting plants and market companies worldwide, we are now able to supply FSC-labelled packages from anywhere in the world.
To source responsibly means to evaluate how the supplier works with and respects human rights, labour rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics. For Tetra Pak, this not only reduces risk, but it can also make our products more competitive. In our revised Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers, published in 2015, we define mandatory requirements for all suppliers to support our own responsible sourcing ambitions. The code is available in several language versions on our Purchasing & Supplier Management website.
The 2015 launch of JUST Water, which debuted on the shelves of a Seattle Whole Foods store and then expanded nationwide, was a major breakthrough for the Tetra Top® business in the U.S. It was the first time water had been sold in the elegant package format, helping it to stand out in a crowded market, overflowing with glass and plastic bottles, and presenting a convenient alternative for the growing numbers of environmentally conscious consumers. JUST Water also stands apart by virtue of carrying both the Forest Stewardship Council™ label – for FSC™ certified paperboard – and the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ frog logo, recognising JUST’s commitment to the sustainable management of the world’s forests.