Sustainability is more than just being green
Treading more lightly on our planet
For centuries we have been exploiting the richness of our planet. Now manufacturers, retailers and consumers recognise that economic growth can no longer mean a growth in the use of finite resources. We are advantaged by the fact that our major resource, wood fibre, is derived from natural and plantation forests. These are essential to a healthy environment, sustaining vital plants and wildlife, filtering our water and air, and reducing greenhouse gases by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Forests are also an economic resource, providing a plentiful, renewable natural material that we use responsibly to produce our products. We exclusively use wood and fibre from sustainable and controlled forest sources. Throughout our operations, water and chemicals are re-used and recycled wherever possible. 32% of our energy needs in Europe are provided by bio-fuels. A substantial share of our raw materials, as well as our finished products are transported by rail and canal.
All our papers are fully recyclable and the materials used to package our products are primarily paper, cardboard, polyethylene and wood. Individual components can be easily separated and reused or recycled. We’ve taken all these advantages and more to develop a sustainability policy that is more than just green. To see what this means go to our positivity website our download our people, planet and prosperity brochures.
Certificates: From start to finish adhering to international standards
Our European operations were the first in the European pulp and paper industry to achieve joint ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EMAS certification. We are also the first paper company to achieve multi-site, cross border Group chain-of-custody certification for our entire European operations under both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes. And our management systems are certified under the international health and safety, environmental and quality standards OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, EMAS and ISO 9001.