Paperboard

Around three-quarters of a Tetra Pak carton by weight is paperboard. Although we don’t own or manage any forests, we apply our purchasing power to promote sustainable forest management.

​​Supporting sustainable forestry

As a major user of paperboard, we have a responsibility to ensure the world's forests are managed in a socially, environmentally and economically sound way. We are working to ensure 100 percent of the paperboard in our packages is from certified sources. We do this by joining up with suppliers, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to promote responsible forest management and strengthen traceability through certification and labelling.

CDP A-List Forests Programme for leadership on building deforestation-free commodity supply chains
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"We were delighted to be recognised, for a second consecutive year, as a sector leader in CDP's forests programme for our performance in managing and mitigating risks associated with the sourcing or production of timber."

Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment, Tetra Pak

In sourcing paperboard for liquid-based packaging, we follow two main principles:

  • all the wood fibre in our paperboard should come from forests independently certified as being managed in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management; and
  • we should be able to prove traceability from the forests all the way to the packaging material we produce at our sites globally, which can only be achieved through independent certification of the total Chain of Custody.

FSC™ certification, labelling and verification

FSC, Forests for all forever logo

All our paperboard comes from wood from forests certified to Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) standards and other controlled sources. We see FSC as offering a credible universal standard; we also know that almost a quarter of consumers recognise the FSC logo so we actively encourage our customers to display the logo on their packages. In 2016, some 65 billion Tetra Pak packages with the logo appeared on retail shelves around the world, up from 54 billion in 2015.

Having achieved full FSC Chain of Custody cer​tification for all our converting plants and market companies, we can now supply FSC-labelled packages from anywhere in the world. For certification of the Chain of Custody of our own operations, we have chosen to work with the Rainforest Alliance, one of the world's largest FSC-accredited certification bodies. 

The FSC licence code for Tetra Pak is FSC™ C014047.

Stakeholder initiatives

As well as being closely involved in implementing FSC standards and shaping sustainable forestry, we support a number of voluntary stakeholder initiatives. We are members of the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network, which is advocating zero net deforestation and forest degradation by 2020. Over the past 10 years, we have worked together on a range of projects that have helped us engage with stakeholders at both global and local level to find practical, sustainable solutions to current and future challenges.

We are also founding members of the High Conservation Value Resource Network, working with others to identify, manage and monitor conservation value as a step towards gaining certification from major forestry and agricultural commodity standard schemes. 

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