Tetra Pak recognised with ‘A’ score for transparency on forests for eighth year running

Thursday, Feb 22, 2024 16:24

Gilles Tisserand, Vice President Climate & Biodiversity, Tetra Pak. — Photo courtesy of the company

Tetra Pak has been recognised for leadership in corporate transparency and performance on forest management by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its annual ‘A List’.

Based on data reported through CDP’s 2023 Forests questionnaires, Tetra Pak is among the 2 per cent of companies that achieved an ‘A’ score out of over 21,000 companies assessed. The company also reported on Climate Change and, for the first time, Water Security. Recording an ‘A-‘ score on both cemented Tetra Pak's inclusion in the CDP leadership band once again, as the only company in the carton packaging sector to do so.

Gilles Tisserand, Vice President Climate & Biodiversity, Tetra Pak, said: “We rely on nature to provide us with the necessary building blocks for life: from clean air and water to material goods such as food. We believe that companies such as Tetra Pak need to act urgently, based on the currently available information, to reduce the impacts of our value chain, to restore landscapes and to contribute to the wider transformation of food systems.”

“Our approach to nature is closely linked with our ambitions on climate, circularity, social sustainability and food systems. Delivering on this requires certain enabling factors across business, including people and processes, for example, capacity development, monitoring, reporting, and disclosure. As we strive to lead the way in corporate transparency, we are extremely pleased to be included in the CDP Forests A List for the eighth year running, as well as to be the only company in the carton packaging sector that is in this year’s leadership band across all the CDP areas of disclosure,” he added.

A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess these companies, allocating a score of A to D- based on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership. CDP’s scoring for forests is conducted through the lens of four commodities: timber, cattle products, soy, and palm oil. Companies need to score an A on at least one of these forest-risk commodities to earn a place on the Forests A List.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that nature is deteriorating at unprecedented rates, mainly due to human activities. Global food systems are the lead driver of nature loss, despite these systems depending on the services provided by nature. But it is not just about food security, it has been estimated that more than half of the world’s total GDP – $US44 trillion of economic value generation – is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services.

Recognising the urgency of action to halt and reverse nature loss and achieve a water-secure world, Tetra Pak is committed to taking action for nature by supporting the achievement of the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals. — VNS

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