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Chain of Custody: sustainable packaging delivered by people and processes

​At Smurfit Kappa we understand the importance of sustainability in everything we do - and everything you do. 

Every day, we take pride in proving how our ways of working across the breadth of our operations contribute to a better use of the world’s resources and a more sustainable future. We have sustainability in every fibre – ingrained in our virgin and recycled products, our processes and, importantly, our people – delivering value across the supply chain. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in our certified and verified approach to Chain of Custody.  Across the packaging product life cycle, from the finished product that’s delivered to your factory or into the hands of consumers on the shop floor, right back to its origin in the forest, Smurfit Kappa people are at the heart of guaranteeing sustainability at every stage – so you don’t have to.

Five of our colleagues outline the important part they play in the Chain of Custody journey, tracing the certified status of your packaging all the way back to source:

Sustainable packaging assured

Peter de Knop, Key Account Manager for Smurfit Kappa Benelux:

“Product delivered? Have a look at the paperwork that came with it. All of our customers receive a dispatch note and an invoice with our certified ‘stamp of proof’ clearly marked – your guarantee that our product originates from a sustainable sources, verified throughout the supply chain. What’s more, all of our products are fully recyclable so you can have peace of mind that the paper from your packaging can be recovered and reused again and again. Selling certified, sustainable products gives the whole of our company great pride – and it sets us apart.”

Transforming paper into packaging

Dave Senior, Corrugator Operator at Smurfit Kappa Weston-super-Mare:

“Our plant doesn’t work with non-certified material. For a start, it’s all traced and tracked through our order system. My colleagues and I also receive annual in-house FSC training to ensure we know and understand the materials we work with; so you can rest assured the people behind your product know what they’re working with. Our training and day-to-day work within the parameters of our Chain of Custody system has raised our awareness of the importance of certified material: it has a massive impact on both the environment and society.”

Paper recovery and recycling

Alan Clarke, Compliance & Environmental Manager at Smurfit Kappa SSK’s recycled paper mill in the UK:

“Our raw material is old paper which we get from Smurfit Kappa’s recycling operations (post-consumer waste) or clippings we get from our corrugated operations (pre-consumer waste). Both materials are closely monitored and come from certified sources in more than 90% of cases. For me personally, our approach to Chain of Custody means we’re minimising our impact on the depletion of natural resources; that makes me proud to work at Smurfit Kappa.”

 Responsible sourcing at paper mills

Ernst Kastner, Wood Purchasing Manager at Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorfer paper mill in Austria:

“When it’s not coming direct from a Smurfit Kappa owned plantation or forest, we’re committed to purchasing timber from certified forests. When a timber load enters the paper mill, our resource planning systems are in place to check the status of certification and prevent any unidentified fibres from being put into production. Once we know fibres are okay to use, a documented information trail of the raw material follows it throughout the paper making process. From certification documentation to origin controls and independent third-party audits, our processes ensure transparency. As a forest engineer in the paper industry, an owner of a small lot in a forest and as a father, I am passionate about the benefits of certified forestry – not just environmental, but social and economic.”

Sustainable forest management

Yesid Sabogal, a Chainsaw Operator who works in Smurfit Kappa’s own Colombian certified forest:

“Certified forests mean that we apply specific procedures to protect and manage the forest sustainably, as well as to maintain safety of our operations in the forest. I know this is important to our customers, but certified plantations also act as a source of employment for the surrounding communities that we are committed to supporting.”

Learn more

Watch our 3 minute video to learn more about the importance of Chain of Custody.