Our approach to sustainability is embodied by our purpose “we commit to making food safe and available, everywhere and we promise to protect what’s good - protecting food, people and the planet”.
Our purpose guides our business decisions, unifies our people, and continues to be the driving force behind our innovations. It is central to our Strategy 2030 and its four pillars of quality, sustainability, integration and optimisation, and innovation.
Our approach to sustainability takes into consideration the expectations of our stakeholders, and the environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics that are most material to our industry. At the heart of our sustainability approach, we consider the interconnections and interdependencies of five focus areas, which are aligned with our purpose and where Tetra Pak can contribute the most: food systems1, nature, climate, circularity, and social sustainability.
Verification is essential to our sustainability process. Our practices and performance are externally verified, and Tetra Pak’s scopes 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data have received limited assurance by a third party since 2013. Our Sustainability Report is prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards, the most widely adopted international independent framework for sustainability reporting. See our GHG Inventory report and GRI Content Index FY22.
We also have an Advisory Panel, formed in 2020, to advise us on our sustainability strategy within the business, broader industry, and beyond. The panel is comprised of independent external advisors, who were selected based on their range of experience and expertise deemed necessary to shape and inform a pioneering sustainability agenda that will help us achieve our sustainability goals, including our ultimate ambition to create the world’s most sustainable food package2.
Tetra Pak’s overall sustainability direction, including ambitions, targets and commitments, is led by the Sustainability & Communications Leadership Team, chaired by the Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Communications of the Tetra Pak Group, and governed by the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), chaired by the President and CEO of Tetra Pak.
As part of our commitment to the future and strategic ambition to lead the sustainability transformation within our industry, we have taken a holistic approach across five interconnected areas where we can contribute the most: food systems, circularity, climate, nature and social sustainability.
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 (OECD, https://www.oecd.org/food-systems, 2023).
2This means creating cartons that are fully made of renewable or recycled materials, that are responsibly sourced, therefore helping protect and restore our planet's climate, resources and biodiversity; contributing towards carbon-neutral production and distribution; are convenient and safe, therefore helping to enable a resilient food system; are fully recyclable.