Sustainable and Responsible Sourcing
Sustainable sourcing is an integral part of Smurfit Kappa's sustainability vision and strategy.
To be able to sustainably grow our business, our materials, goods and services must have the right quality and cost, but also be securely and responsibly sourced.
Our sustainable sourcing programme goes beyond regulatory requirements. By developing more sustainable supply chains, we can manage risks and costs, innovate, develop new revenue streams, and add value to the brands of Smurfit Kappa and of our customers.
Smurfit Kappa's sustainable sourcing programme is built on seven pillars: quality, hygiene and safety, business continuity , manufacturing, continual improvement, service and technical support, and environment and sustainable development. All of these have strong sustainability implications: assessing supplier risks; focusing on relevant supplier processes (especially regarding business continuity); mitigating risks related to environmental, social and quality issues, and reducing waste by meeting food safety requirements. By focusing on these, we can promote sustainable growth and find opportunities and synergies with our suppliers.
The most relevant category for us and our stakeholders is raw materials. Since we work with fibre-based products, sourcing of wood and recovered paper is vital.
The sourcing of materials, goods and services represents the single largest cost item for Smurfit Kappa, and we therefore invest in a tailored risk mapping process to reveal any areas of concern in our supply chain. This shows that 90% of our strategic and important suppliers of key materials, goods and services carry moderate to low supply chain risk.