US – Avery Dennison has formalized a company-wide policy to promote responsible paper sourcing and procurement.
The US labelling specialist has committed to identify and disclose the sources of the pulp, natural fiber and paper in its labelling and packaging materials and solutions, help ensure that its suppliers follow sustainable forest management practices, and evaluate and reward sound environmental performance on the part of its supply chain partners.
In addition, Avery Dennison will seek to maximize its use of recycled content and fiber sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forestry operations, and work to avoid controversial fiber sources.
The company is currently working with external certification experts, including Rainforest Alliance, to assess the potential risk to the company’s supply chain of illegal timber or irresponsibly harvested fiber and develop systems and procedures for documenting, verifying and reporting supplier performance.
“As a leader in labelling and packaging materials and solutions, we recognize that we have a responsibility to help our customers and our industry become more sustainable,” said Dean Scarborough, Avery Dennison chairman, president and CEO. “Our policy will guide us in sourcing materials responsibly, using them more efficiently in our operations, and developing greener products from them.
“We will review our policy and commitments on a regular basis to ensure they reflect the state of the industry and are based on the best available scientific evidence,” he added.
“Our goal is to help minimize the environmental and social impacts of our sourcing decisions across the entire paper lifecycle.”