DS Smith has launched its 2018 Sustainability Review. Exploring the company’s progress towards minimising operational impact, the report discusses key industry trends, unforeseen challenges and shares best practice in creating sustainable value.
From product design and innovation, to materials sourcing, manufacturing operations, customers’ supply cycles and end-of-life recycling, the company’s commitment to sustainability is intricately analysed.
In DS Smith’s previous review, it was announced that, in light of achieving energy, water and waste targets well ahead of schedule, a full review of sustainability performance would be undertaken. Following this process, DS Smith has revealed nine new long-term targets.
Highlights from the review include improvements to the company’s EcoVadis score (an industry-wide sustainability rating) and a new databook containing a detailed summary of sustainability performance.
Its end-to-end recycling and paper-making operations is also referenced, with an 8.3% reduction in total CO2e across its Recycling division, as well as a 4.5% year-on-year increase in the volume of energy generated and exported at its paper mills (884 GWh).
DS Smith’s work around coffee cup waste is also profiled, with the company’s Recycling and Paper divisions working in close collaboration to identify a solution to recycle up to the 2.5 billion coffee cups used every year in the UK.
A further take-out is the company’s commitment to manufacturing 100% reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025, alongside growing its net positive recycling position.
The review does not solely focus on business operations and the environment. People and communities are a key focus of the sustainability strategy, with focus on a zero accident culture and an ambition to engage all DS Smith sites in activities that improve their local communities.