13:00 | 28/08/2020 Companies
Tetra Pak, the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, recently published its 2020 Sustainability Report, marking the company’s 22 years of sustainability reporting. This year’s report highlights Tetra Pak’s steadfast commitment to protect what’s good in the midst of a global pandemic, which is brought to life by protecting food, protecting people and protecting futures.
In particular, food safety and availability have always been central to Tetra Pak’s business regardless of impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the rise of digitalization and connectivity, Tetra Pak has gained achievements in its protecting food journey, encompassing 68 million schoolchildren received milk or other nutritious food in Tetra Pak packages; 56 countries to have school feeding programs implemented; three new Dairy Hubs added in Albania, Tanzania and Uganda to secure long-term supply of locally produced quality milk without increasing the cost of collection and nearly 35,500 smallholder farmers reached by Dairy Hubs to improve their livelihoods.
In addition, Tetra Pak is working to support the sustainable future of planet with low-carbon solutions for a circular economy and to enhance sustainability across the value chain, from sourcing to production to the end of life of its products. In July 2019, Tetra Pak became the first carton packaging company to launch paper straws in Europe. Other significant progress in its protecting planet journey includes 10 million tons of CO2 saved across the value chain over the past decade; two factories receiving World Class Manufacturing status; 51 billion packages recycled; 69 percent of renewable energy in its operations and four year running in the CDP A List for leading efforts against climate changes and protecting forests.
Understanding people as the biggest asset, Tetra Pak is driving actions to develop its workforce to achieve its 2030 ambitions. Key highlights include 14 percent rise of women in top management; eight percent reduction from lost time accidents in manufacturing sites; 29 percent woman external hires; initiatives to ensure a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, especially safeguarding its over 25,000 employees during the pandemic.
Looking forward, Tetra Pak has set out an ambitious new climate goal and ambition. In June 2020, Tetra Pak announced a commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations by 2030, with the ambition to achieve net zero GHG emissions for the value chain by 2050. The company also aims to field test an aseptic package made fully from renewable sources by 2022.
In Vietnam, Tetra Pak is known for its manufacturing hub in Binh Duong - one of the first of its kind in Vietnam to apply the latest, most-demanding environmental standards set by the globally-recognized LEED Gold V4 certification as well as its responsible practices to promote a low-carbon circular economy and actions to improve cartons recycling in Vietnam. Notably, in order to support the country’s collective response to the outbreak of Covid-19, Tetra Pak donated testing equipment valued at €80,000 equivalents to 2 billion VND to the Centre for Disease Control of the Ha Nam Province for the purchase of two medical equipment and testing kits.
In order to complement its packaging innovations, Tetra Pak continues to drive resource efficiencies with its Equipment and Services, focusing on minimizing water use, food waste and carbon footprint in its customers’ operations.