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22 May 2013

Smurfit Kappa sets out vision on sustainability

22 May 2013

Smurfit Kappa launches its long term view on sustainability and establishes additional sustainability objectives up to 2020

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (‘SKG’ or the ‘Group’), one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, announces the publication of its vision on sustainability which establishes additional objectives for the business up to 2020 and which extends and builds on the range of sustainability initiatives which the Group already has in place.

The statement details the Group’s commitment to sustainable business practices and belief that profitable growth can be achieved by providing its customers with innovative packaging solutions while continuing to minimise product waste; optimising resource use and re-use through recycling; and, stimulating afforestation through sustainable forestry practices.

SKG has set out targets to strengthen its sustainable business practices under seven key building blocks including: Chain of Custody, CO₂emissions, Waste, Water, Health & Safety, Sustainable Sourcing, and Community Involvement. Detailed objectives have been set for each focus area to be delivered between 2013 and 2020.

Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer commented: “For over 75 years, Smurfit Kappa has been producing innovative packaging solutions from renewable and recyclable materials. We believe that our long-standing commitment to sustainability has been central to building our position as a world leader in paper-based packaging.

“Our vision statement on sustainability, published today, is a further step on a journey where we constantly strive to improve how we serve the interests of our customers; employees; the local communities in which we operate; and, our shareholders. We believe that delivering on our key business objectives can only be achieved through business practices that are based on the principles of long term sustainable development.”

“Our focus is to continue to grow our business but we will pursue growth opportunities that are commercially and economically attractive, socially progressive and environmentally sustainable.”

A copy of the statement can be downloaded below

A hard copy can be obtained by emailing:

Smurfit Kappa will publish its sixth Annual Sustainability Report, outlining performance and progress relative to objectives in 2012, in June 2013.