Smurfit Kappa has won the Unilever Supplier Award in the ‘Winning through Sustainability’ category.
The Unilever supplier awards ceremony called ‘Partner to Win’ was held early 2011 in London to recognise some outstanding examples of partnerships in categories of Innovation, Sustainability, Business Integration, Winning in Developing and Emerging markets.
The category ‘Winning through Sustainability’ which Smurfit Kappa won, was created to recognise ‘Suppliers who excelled in this area and have helped Unilever to create competitive supply chains, making positive contributions to the environment, to social development or economic development; delivering tangible benefits to Unilever’s brands, consumers or customers’ according to Unilever.
Unilever made the following comments on Smurfit Kappa winning the award:
‘Smurfit Kappa’s end‐to‐end approach to sustainable paper packaging has made them leader in the field. They look at the whole process from raw material sourcing through to the recyclability of the consumer pack, as well as assisting Unilever in the development of our Paper and Board policy.
One example of their focus on sustainable packaging, coupled with customer market insight and leading R&D facilities, is the newly developed ‘Shopper Pack’. This was developed for Unilever’s Household cleaning category in Europe. The packaging looks more appealing on shelf and has enabled Unilever to remove around 140 tons of coated‐polyester tear‐tape, greatly improving its recyclability. And all of that at lower cost to the consumer.
Tony Smurfit, Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kappa who was at the ceremony to collect the award said “we are delighted to have won this award and have our approach to sustainability recognised by Unilever”.