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21 Jun 2013

Smurfit Kappa releases Sustainable Development Report 2012

​21 June 2013

Smurfit Kappa Group has published its sixth annual Sustainable Development Report for 2012.

Achievement of commitment in Chain of Custody certification

two years ahead of schedule

The report details the continuing progress in the Group’s sustainable business initiatives and underscores Smurfit Kappa’s belief that profitable growth can be achieved by providing its customers with innovative and sustainable packaging solutions while maintaining sustainable business practices. Significant progress in the Group’s Chain of Custody certification programme in 2012 resulted in the Group achieving one of its long-term sustainable development commitments in February 2013, two years ahead of schedule.

Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer commented: “Today’s report and the early achievement of one of our long-term sustainable development goals further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

In 2013, we will continue the drive to demonstrate to all our stakeholders that our sustainability objectives are achievable, beneficial to our business and economically viable. Sustainable development is a core principle in how we run our business each and every day and we make coninued efforts to promote sustainable management practices across our operations. Sustainability has become a key business driver and is a platform for differentiation in the market.”

2012 Sustainable Development Report | Highlights

Chain of Custody Certification

  • Europe: February 2013 saw the successful completion of a three year FSC and/or PEFC certification programme for European converting operations, reaching the objective to certify all converting plants in Europe for which a certification is relevant.
  • Latin America: All Mexican operations received Chain of Custody certifications under FSC; the same certifications were also received for integrated converting operations in Argentina.
  • Certified Packaging: Completion of the European certification programme also led to over 90% of all Group converting operations being certified thereby achieving the Group’s first long term commitment on sustainability two years ahead of schedule.

CO₂Reduction & COD Discharge Reduction

Smurfit Kappa reduced its year-on-year absolute fossil CO₂emissions by 1.8%, while its global paper and board mill system reduced fossil CO₂emissions by 3.1% per tonne of paper and board produced.

Smurfit Kappa reduced its year-on-year absolute COD discharges by 1.7%, while its global paper and board mill system reduced COD discharges by 4.7% per tonne of paper and board produced.

Investments in the Environment

Significant, CO₂emissions reducing, investment projects were completed in the Group’s paper mills in Navarra, Spain, in Mexico City, and in Cali and Barranquilla, Colombia.

Significant investments in water treatment facilities were completed in the Group’s paper mill in Bernal, Argentina (new water treatment facility) and in Ania, Italy (extension of existing facility).

Code of Business Conduct

New code approved and awareness campaign initiated.

Sustainable Packaging

Pack Expert tool extended with environmental parameters, enabling customers to measure the environmental impacts of their supply chain management.


Orange County Container Group (“OCCG”), acquired in December 2012, is a Chain of Custody certified group mainly active in Mexico and the Southern USA delivering containerboard and converted corrugated products to the same range of customers as Smurfit Kappa.

The 2012 Sustainable Development Report is available for download (PDF 3.9MB)

A hard copy can be obtained by contacting: