Tetra Pak has secured Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for all of its converting plants and market companies.
FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.
Its CoC certification enables traceability of wood fibres through the supply chain, providing assurance that any products bearing the FSC logo support forest management that adopts environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management practices.
Tetra Pak’s certification was one of FSC’s largest multi-site certifications, covering a total of 92 facilities worldwide.
It makes Tetra Pak eligible to supply FSC labelled packages from anywhere in the world.
Tetra Pak vice-president Environment Mario Abreu said: "The FSC logo is an easily recognisable hallmark for forest management, and our customers now have an opportunity to demonstrate their support for responsible forestry anywhere in the world.
"As a major user of paperboard, we feel it’s our responsibility to do what we can to help improve the management of the world’s forests, which is why we are working to ensure 100% of the paperboard we use is certified."
Tetra Pak notes it was the pioneer in bringing the FSC certification system to the liquid food carton industry by launching the world’s first FSC labelled carton in 2007.
The company claims to have delivered more than 130 billion packages to customers carrying the FSC logo, with 43.7 billion in 2014.
Image: Tetra Prisma Package with FSC label. Photo courtsey of Tetra Pak.