A new report on the Chain of Custody (CoC) commitment made by members of Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has found that 100% of wood fibre purchased globally in 2015 was either certified or controlled by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
In 2007, ACE members Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc committed to using FSC-certified or FSC-controlled wood in their respective operations.
The ninth report by Proforest, an independent verifier of natural resource management, has confirmed the three companies’ commitment to source 100% wood fibre that is traceable to third-party-verified sources.
It also claimed that the companies’ food and drink carton production sites, as well as the board mills supplying these sites, meet the FSC’s CoC requirements.
Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment UK CEO Richard Hands said: “Realising the target set in the original 2007 commitment, which had the support of the WWF European Policy Office, has helped achieve EU and international forest policy objectives to promote sustainable forestry practices, such as the EU’s action plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
“ACE members have a clear interest in ensuring that forests are responsibly managed as, on average, 75% of a food and beverage carton is made from this natural renewable material.
“Traceability is one of our industry’s key strategies in ensuring the responsible sourcing of primary raw materials, which is, in turn, critical to achieving sustainable economic growth. Achieving this target really is an important milestone for the food and drink carton industry.”