At Tetra Pak, our approach to sustainability is shaped by our brand promise: PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™. We bring this promise to life by committing to protect food, to protect people and to protect futures.


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Our sustainability approach

We are constantly finding new ways to meet the evolving expectations of our market. This means we continue to provide safe, secure and sustainable products to our customers and consumers – and to do so responsibly. By understanding the diverse needs of our customers, we can create sustainable solutions to feed a fast-growing population. We also support individuals and communities in our business, our markets and our supply chains. By driving environmental innovation across the lifecycle of our products and in our own operations, we are demonstrating how a company like ours can do more with less.

Sustainability is part of our corporate strategy. The Sustainability Forum defines our sustainability work and the areas that this work is focused on, which is ruled by the Strategy Council. Our approach is underpinned and guided by our commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Working across the value chain

Our approach to sustainability encompasses our entire value chain, going beyond our own operations and our customers. We do this because we recognised, many years ago, that we can only create a more sustainable future by addressing the interconnected nature of the environmental, social and economic challenges we face. Our solutions work because they are joined up.

We think and work in an integrated way to maximise sustainability value for our customers, for our business and for the communities where we operate. To organise and communicate our priorities, we use FOOD. PEOPLE. FUTURES as the chapters of our sustainability story.

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Protecting Food

Working with our customers and partners to make food safe and available everywhere through our innovative and market-leading food processing and packaging solutions. Through this, we are making a direct contribution to SDGs 2 and 12.

Why this matters: “Our company’s purpose is built on the premise of reducing food waste. It goes to the core of why we exist, and why we’ve been so successful. Take a product like milk: highly nutritious, highly perishable. If you package it in one of our containers, you can transport it – without refrigeration, and without it perishing – across continents. Which means there’s a far higher chance that it will be consumed before it goes to waste”- Roberto Franchitti, Vice President, Development & Engineering

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SDGs in action - Target 2.1: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

Tetra Pak West Africa, Tetra Laval Food for Development and our local customer, SIAGRO, are working with farmers in Senegal to scale up milk collection, production and distribution.

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Protecting People

We safeguard and empower our people, and are working towards greater diversity and inclusivity. Our Code of Business Conduct has high standards for our own business and our suppliers, and we are making a direct contribution to SDGs 8 and 17.

Why this matters: “If it was down to me, we wouldn't talk about diversity in terms of dividing people into different groups. Instead, we would talk about the common things that let everyone succeed. That's what our projects, communications and measurement are now focusing on.” – Gabriele Youd, Director, Future Talent & Future Work

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SDGs in action, Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men.

During 2017, our Diversity and Inclusion Panel – a representative group made up of 19 men and women from across Tetra Pak - conducted a qualitative and quantitative review of our company’s performance on diversity and inclusion issues.

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Protecting Futures

We are working to support the sustainable future of our planet and the long-term success of our customers, making direction contributions to SDGs 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 17.

Why this matters: “Tetra Pak is recognised as a pioneer in our work to expand recycling of beverage carton packaging around the world. Built over 20 years, our collaborative work to drive recycling initiatives has reached more than 70 countries.” - Lisa Ryden, Director of Recycling

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SDGs in action, Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

When it comes to recycling, every market has its own characteristics and level of maturity. Our new recycling metrics allow us to zero in on the right problem in any given geography and solve it in the right way.

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