SIG partners with Amcor to source aluminium from certified sources

13 March 2018 (Last Updated March 13th, 2018 13:57)

SIG is collaborating with Amcor to ensure that responsibly sourced aluminium is used in its carton packs.

SIG is collaborating with Amcor to ensure that responsibly sourced aluminium is used in its carton packs.

The two companies are focussing on ensuring that the aluminium foil supply chain is working towards the performance standard of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

In order to protect the food from light, oxygen and external odours, SIG uses a razor-thin aluminium layer in most of its carton packs.

“We are at the forefront of sourcing aluminium foil that will meet or surpass the ASI performance standards, ensuring continuous environmental improvement.”

Focused on responsible packaging, Amcor is one of SIG’s major aluminium suppliers in Europe.

The ASI recently launched a new certification programme for the aluminium value chain.

The programme aims to support responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, which serves as an important industrial metal.

The certification programme focuses on addressing and mitigating the impacts of aluminium production from mines, smelters and casting to semi-fabrication, in addition to the development of products containing aluminium.

In order to support the ASI initiative, both SIG and Amcor have selected a third-party verification body, DNV GL, that will carry out pilot assessments on the project.

SIG environmental affairs and product sustainability manager Dr Christian Bauer said: “Our aim is clear. This is not a pass/fail exercise, but a collaborative approach to share industry best practices and ensure we are at the forefront of sourcing aluminium foil that will meet or surpass the ASI performance standards, ensuring continuous environmental improvement, as well as best-in-class ethical practices.”

Last year, collaborative evaluations with value chain partners were carried out in Europe and Asia for the production of aluminium foil and foil stock.