Today, SIG becomes the first in the industry to announce that, from January 2021, 100% of the paper board used in its packs will be procured as FSC certified and matching Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for responsible sourcing.
Said Samuel Sigrist, Chief Financial & Commercial Officer at SIG: “This announcement marks another major milestone in our journey Way Beyond Good. Over the last decade, SIG has consistently led the industry on FSC certification. We now aim to go even further in supporting sustainable forests – and the climate benefits they bring – as we partner to create a net-positive food supply system that puts more into society and the environment than it takes out.”
FSC certification, backed by NGOs such as WWF, helps forests and the communities that depend on them thrive. To achieve certification, forestry operations must meet strict standards for responsible forest management to support biodiversity, prevent deforestation and degradation, and respect the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples. By sourcing 100% of its paper board as FSC-certified, SIG is supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the forthcoming EU Forestry Strategy.
Added Kim Carstensen, Director General at the Forest Stewardship Council: “Forests play a critical role in supporting the world’s ecosystems and regulating the climate. By sourcing 100% FSC-certified board, SIG is helping to protect our forests – and the planet – for future generations and setting a strong example for others to follow.”
The latest announcement from SIG heralds another major milestone towards its bold Way Beyond Good ambitions – and a significant step closer to its goal to source 100% of its main raw materials from certified sources.
SIG already offers the world’s first and only aseptic carton packs with all three key materials from certified sources: FSC paper board, ISCC PLUS renewable polymers and ASI aluminium foil. Its innovative SIGNATURE 100 is the first aseptic carton packaging material linked to 100% to renewable forest-based materials. Recently, SIG has pioneered certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standards in its operations, supply chain and cartons. ASI-certified aluminium foil now comes as standard for all SIG cartons in Europe and North America. For more visit sig.biz