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Priorities

Smurfit Kappa Employees in Colombia 

As a leading company in sustainability, we base our ambition of sustainable growth on three pillars: Planet, People and Impactful Business.

This means: continually striving to minimise our environmental impact and practising responsible governance; treating our stakeholders with respect; and creating an impactful business through our products and processes.

Key achievements against our strategic sustainability priorities

Planet

Forestry 

A Greener, Bluer Planet

The circular economy is at the core of our business. We use renewable recyclable, recycled and biodegradable materials to create sustainable packaging solutions. We play a part in ensuring
that at their end of life, our products are recycled. 

Key Achievements in 2020

  • Announced targeting Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reached 37.3% CO2 emissions intensity reduction for our paper and board mills since 2005.
  • Achieved 38.2% Chemical Oxygen Demand intensity reduction since 2005.
  • Reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 23.7% compared with 2013. 
  • Completed a €134 million investment in a new recovery boiler in Nettingsdorf, Austria, which will decrease our CO2  emissions by 40,000 tonnes.
  • A new waste sludge press decreased the waste sent to landfill for Cali, Colombia by 47%

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People

Forestry Employee 

Empowering People and Communities

Having engaged employees is critical for the success of our business. We are committed to providing a safe place to work for the talented people in our global, culturally diverse organisation. Our commitment also extends to all of the communities we interact with.

Key Achievements in 2020

  • Conducted a Group-wide COVID-19 Pulse Survey to ensure our people were safe, supported and connected.
  • Set new targets for our people commitments. Amongst others, we have ambitions to increase the number of women in management position to at least 25% by 2024, while we also want to increase female participation in our overall workforce to over 30%.
  • Achieved a TRIR reduction of 29% compared with 2019.
  • Formed key strategic alliances with The Valuable 500 and Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, to deliver on our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Invested €7.7 million in social projects and made an additional €3 million donation in various COVID-related projects

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Impactful Business

Impactful Business, Corrugated Board 

Delivering to all Stakeholders

Through our activities, we aim to create sustainable value for our customers, investors, employees, suppliers and the communities where we are privileged to operate. We do this with the highest ethical business standards.

Key Achievements in 2020

  • Broadened our Better Planet Packaging initiative.
  • Hosted over 100 webinars on sustainable packaging concepts.
  • Grew Better Planet Packaging with the introduction of eFashion, eBottle and Clips&Grips.
  • Partnered with leading value chain partners.
  • Included in Solactive ISS ESG Beyond Plastic Waste Index.
  • Support the Goals award for first FTSE100 company with five stars for making the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality.
  • Rated at A- level for our CDP Climate Change response.
  • Announced our support to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure project (TCFD) in May.
  • Started reporting in line with the relevant SASB criteria

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PLANET

A greener, bluer planet