Tetra Pak has an established and well-defined Corporate Governance Framework guiding how we conduct business. Everything that we do as a company – developing strategy, taking decisions, and defining how we operate and act – is guided by this framework which helps us to comply with relevant regulations and legislation and guides us to behave ethically and responsibly.
All employees are responsible for fulfilling the principles of our Corporate Governance Framework in their everyday roles. Mandatory trainings are provided to employees to ensure that the highest governance standards are met. By providing the foundation for our strategy and approach to leadership, good governance ultimately helps us fulfil our vision to commit to making food safe and available, everywhere and deliver on our brand promise to PROTECT WHAT’S GOODTM.
While core values shape our corporate culture and guide our behaviour internally and externally, our Code of Business Conduct sets out the company’s position on working conditions, discrimination, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, financial reporting, compliance, corruption, bribery, child exploitation and environmental issues. The performance is audited by external auditors as part of our Corporate Governance Framework.
Our Charter of Responsibility forms part of a framework of mandates, charters, policy documents, and lines of reporting constituting the formal aspects of corporate governance in the Tetra Laval Group. It also includes a comprehensive risk management methodology and system with related and mitigating policies, procedures and global processes for managing and responding to risks.
We are part of the Tetra Laval Group, which also includes Sidel and De Laval. The Tetra Laval Group Board is responsible for the overall strategy, control, and supervision of all business operations within the Group and the clear definition of responsibilities of the Chairman of the Group Board, the CEO of each Industry Group, and the President of TLI. The roles and responsibilities of the Group Board and the Chairman are governed by a Group Board Charter of Responsibility.
The Tetra Laval Group Board has five primary areas of responsibility:
The Tetra Laval Group Board has four regular meetings each year; when required additional meetings are held. Sustainability reporting and ESG topics are on the board’s agenda regularly, both integrated into strategy and risk reviews and as stand-alone topics. In 2022, Tetra Laval issued the ESG Reporting Policy and Procedure to establish a framework to effectively manage appropriate ESG Reporting.
The Tetra Pak Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is the decision-making body of Tetra Pak, operating within the scope of the Tetra Pak Charter of Responsibility. The ELT is responsible for leading, developing and managing the Tetra Pak Group.
In 2022, our operating model was transformed to amplify our customer's voice, simplify work, empower teams, and adapt to local needs while maximising scale advantages.
Risk management is an integral part of every decision we take, to both protect the value of our company and mitigate potential negative impacts on people, society, and the environment. Our approach helps us to identify, manage and mitigate risk through various policies, procedures, guidelines, processes, controls, and strategic initiatives.
As signatories to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) we are committed to the implementation, disclosure and promotion of its 10 principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. We submit an annual Communication on Progress and also actively contribute to the UN and best practice standards of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.
To build trust and transparency with our customers and as part of our approach to responsible sourcing across our supply chain, we work with leading sustainability assessment platforms, including the CDP, EcoVadis and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex).
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).