Responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business are at the core of our company. We commit to making food safe and available, everywhere. And we promise to protect what’s good: protecting food, people and the planet.
This year’s report outlines our integrated approach to sustainability and how we continued to progress on our ambition to lead the sustainability transformation by:
Contributing to Secure and Sustainable Food Systems1
Our ambition is to contribute to secure, resilient and sustainable food systems that provide access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food, and minimise food loss and food waste across our value chain. We are working to connect players across the value chain to join us in our ambition.
Acting for Nature2
We act for nature through responsible sourcing practices and strategic partnerships to conserve and restore biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change and contribute to global water resilience. Going beyond ensuring 100% of the paperboard in our packages comes from Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certified forests and other controlled sources3, we have several impactful initiatives underway.
Taking Action on Climate
We take action on mitigating climate change by decarbonising4 our operations, products, and our value chain. In 2021, we reduced our operational footprint GHG emissions (scopes 1, 2 and business travel) by 36% compared to our 2019 baseline5 and we plan to continue that progress.
Driving Circular Solutions6
We drive circular solutions by designing recyclable liquid food packaging, using recycled and renewable materials, and expanding collection and recycling to keep materials in use and out of landfills. In 2021, we invested €40 million in collection and recycling infrastructure contributing to 50 billion cartons being collected and sent to recyclers.
Creating Positive Impact for People and Communities
We are creating a positive social impact for employees and people across our value chain by providing a safe and inclusive work environment and securing responsible business practices. We launched the first company-wide Mental Wellbeing Programme and achieved 4% increase in the number of women in senior positions, from 14% in 2020 to 18% in 2021. We also continued our outreach to improve the lives of people in the communities where we work.
1The term ‘food systems’ refers to all the elements and activities related to producing and consuming food, and their effects, including economic, health, and environmental outcomes. Food systems - OECD
2For details on actions, targets and progress, please see Sustainability Report 2022 pages 7 and 24.
3FSC controlled wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products carrying the FSC Mix label. Its sourcing originates only from acceptable non-controversial harvesting (https://fsc.org/en/fsc-mix-and-controlled-wood-labels)
4Our decarbonisation efforts focus on avoiding and mitigating GHG emissions correlated to our products and company, and carbon compensation to balance unavoidable residual emissions through nature-based solutions and other initiatives.
5Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions combined were reduced by 27% compared to our 2019 baseline.
6For details on actions, targets and progress, please see Sustainability Report 2022 pages 8 and 46.
7For details, see Sustainability Report page 62
Tetra Pak defines natured-based as "actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits" (Nature-based Solutions for Water (iucn.org)