Responsible business review

2018

MINIMISING IMPACTS

Corporate responsibility is at the core of SIG’s strategy, an integral part of our Corporate Compass and deeply embedded in our operations and processes.

It is fundamental to our ability to meet customer and investor requirements, achieve our business growth targets and sustain our business in the long term. Our responsibility metrics frame our Company strategy.

Responsible company

Minimising our environmental impacts, keeping our employees safe at work, respecting and supporting our people and communities, and behaving ethically in everything we do. These are all fundamental corporate responsibilities that we take very seriously and our commitment is recognised by external benchmarks such as EcoVadis and SEDEX/SMETA. EcoVadis has rated SIG in the top 1% out of more than 30,000 businesses in terms of responsibility.

We are building on these strong foundations to create net positive impacts for climate change, natural resources, people and communities. Our goal is to halve our environmental footprint and double societal benefits across our value chain by 2030, while meeting business growth and earnings targets.

We are developing methodologies to help us understand and measure the positive and negative impacts we have at each stage of the value chain – on the forests and communities that provide our main raw materials, on our employees and people who work in our supply chain, on customers who use our solutions to deliver food, and on consumers who use our products and dispose of them in recycling bins.

Responsible products

Our aseptic carton packs enable food and beverages to be stored in a way that retains their nutritional value over long periods of time without the need for refrigeration. All our production plants are certified to strict product safety and quality standards to make sure the food inside our packs stays safe.

Our carton packs are fully recyclable when the infrastructure is available with a high proportion (70-80%) of renewable content and one of the lowest carbon footprints. We take a holistic view across the entire life cycle with the aim of developing the most sustainable food packaging solutions on the market. We pursue this aim through product innovation, responsible sourcing and our efforts to reduce our own environmental impacts and to support recycling.

Enhancing the environmental credentials of our products helps us add value by enabling our customers to increase the sustainability of their own products. Customers in several markets are already using our SIGNATURE PACK, the world’s first aseptic carton pack to be linked to 100% renewable forest-based materials, as a demonstration of their commitment to sustainability.

Responsible sourcing

By sourcing renewable, recyclable raw materials from certified responsible sources, we are cutting the environmental footprint of our packs, promoting thriving forests and supporting the transition to a circular economy. We are committed to using third-party verified certifications to demonstrate that key materials are sourced responsibly and we have pioneered their use within the industry.

In 2009, we were the first to achieve 100% global coverage of Forest Stewardship Council (“FSCTM”) chain of custody certification for liquid packaging board. The FSC certification helps forests remain thriving environments for generations to come by setting strict standards for responsible forest management that support biodiversity and ecosystem functions, prevent deforestation and degradation, and respect the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples. In 2018, our European and Brazilian sleeve and spout production plants achieved ISCC PLUS certification for the biopolymers that link SIGNATURE PACK to 100% forest-based material. And we are one of the first companies in the world to achieve certification to the new Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (“ASI”) standard for responsible aluminium sourcing.

We have switched all our energy for production – both electricity and gas – to renewable sources, sourced either directly or indirectly mainly through GoldPower® certified renewable energy projects.

Read more about our responsible business on our website: https://www.sig.biz/en/responsibility/way-beyond-good