Collaboration, partnerships & external engagement
Engaging with industry peers and stakeholders is important to gain perspective of ourselves in relation to others and the world around us.
We also engage with organizations to strengthen our network, increase our knowledge, and get valuable insights and broader perspectives. Within sustainability, there should be no focus competition, only common progress.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
Elopak is part of various organizations and trade associations and supports different initiatives. This allows us to interact with other companies and to advocate on how sustainable business practices should develop. We collaborate with peers within our industry to facilitate substantial change within the packaging value chain within the time and scale needed vis-a-vis the climate emergency.
We count on a number of trade associations to support our goals, advocate for progress and a science-based approach to the challenges our society faces, and ensure a level playing field.
Elopak has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact as a participant member, working collaboratively with partners to advance sustainability and support the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are also a member of Ethical Trade Norway. Both organizations provide guidance, training, tools, and capacity building to secure responsible business practices. Focus areas are human rights, workers’ rights, social and environmental standards.
Elopak works with various industry associations on advocacy and communication regarding the benefits of our cartons, which we believe can be a part of the transition to a low-carbon circular economy. We know continued efforts are necessary to increase consumer awareness, improve national collection schemes, and make recycling facilities as widely available and easily accessible as possible so more people can recycle.
Our associations support us in strengthening knowledge about the benefits of packaging in general and, of course, Elopak’s cartons. Through them, we gain perspective and share knowledge, collaborating within our value chain and having a clear governance structure that ensures respecting competition law. Advocating for harmonized policies and synergies within policy domains, ensuring a level playing field, is fundamental. The issuance of the industry’s 2030 Roadmap is part of our efforts.
In 2022, Elopak plans a revision of the current sustainability program, including stakeholder engagement and considering a risk-based approach (including considering TCFD for climate risk assessments). We will also further streamline targets, initiatives, and KPIs, ensuring the continued relevance of these.
Melina Raso, Global Alliance Manager, GRACE
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We are a member of trade associations and work with non-governmental and international organizations, certification bodies, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to promote sustainable practices and continuously improve our products and transparency practices.
- The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 19,000 participants. It is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the SDGs.
- FSC™ – Forest Stewardship Council™, working to ensure sustainable forest management practices globally
- ISCC – International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, working to ensure sustainable practices behind renewable feedstocks for plastics
- ASI – Aluminium Stewardship Initiative is a global non-profit standard-setting and certification organization. Members include producers, users, and stakeholders in the aluminum value chain, and the organization aims to maximize the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society.
- RE100 – A global initiative of companies committing to sourcing 100% renewable electricity
- Ethical Trade Norway – a Norwegian member-based, non-governmental organization and resource center for sustainable business practice and trade
- EcoVadis – the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, with a global network of more than 75,000 rated companies.
- Sedex – One of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers
- ACE – The alliance for beverage cartons and the environment, a European industry association working to benchmark and profile cartons as renewable, recyclable, and low-carbon packaging solutions
- GRACE – The Global Recycling Alliance for beverage cartons and the environment, a global industry association
- EXTR:ACT – Driving value from multi-material recycling
- In several countries, we have similar industry associations.
- Carton Council – Industry association to drive carton recycling in North America
- Canadian Carton Council – Industry association to drive carton recycling in Canada
- 4Evergreen – New industry initiative to boost the contribution of fiber-based packaging in a circular economy
- HolyGrail 2.0 – a cross-value chain initiative to improve packaging recycling through the use of pioneering digital watermarks.
*The Forest Stewardship Council™(FSC™). FSC™ C081801. Look for FSC certified products – the mark of responsible forestry. www.fsc.org
We are thrilled to have Elopak committing to the UN Global Compact. The work they have done already, is both impressive and admirable and we look forward to contributing to their sustainability efforts even further. Companies taking action and setting ambitious, but science-based targets in line with the 1.5C target is very important, and we know that their hard and determined work will pay off.
Kim Gabrielli, CEO, UNGC Norway
- All Elopak’s factories are certified according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This enables us to offer FSC labeled cartons and to ensure that all the forestry behind our cartons are managed responsibly.
- Several of Elopak’s factories are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), which enables us to offer cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (polymers)
- Elopak is certified according to the carbon-neutral protocol and the PAS 2060 for carbon neutrality.
- All of Elopak’s factories have ISO 9001 certification, and some of them have ISO 14001 certification. This ensures good management practices and a strong environmental focus.
- Some of Elopak’s factories have ISO 45000/ OHSAS 18001 certification to verify good Health&Safety practices. This is an addition to our internal safety policies and practices.