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Chain of custody


At Smurfit Kappa our certified and verified chain of custody is proof sustainability is in every fibre of our business.  

At Smurfit Kappa we produce paper and packaging from virgin and recycled fibres. We are committed to sourcing and managing our natural resources in the most efficient and responsible way possible, through sustainable forest management at our own plantations and forests and transparent processes across the supply chain. We do this not only to meet our own sustainability responsibilities but also those of our customers, providing peace of mind around the origin of the paper-based packaging they use.

We put our commitment into action through voluntary participation in three industry leading forest certification schemes – the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) and the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI™) – and a comprehensive Chain of Custody certified supply chain system.

Comprising stringent sourcing, monitoring and risk management practices, and holding our suppliers to the same standards, this third-party verified approach means we can guarantee sustainability at every stage of the packaging production process – literally from forest to factory or shop door.

It also enables us to meet our robust commitments: 

Certified facilities

  • In 2013 we reached our target of certifying 100% of our paper mills and over 90% of our converting operations.
  • Currently in 2015, 99% of our converting operations are certified. 

Sustainable origin of fibre

  • Since the end of 2014 we purchase and produce 100% of our fibres under a FSC®, PEFC™ or SFI™ certified Chain of Custody system and require this from our suppliers, too.

Certification of final products:

  • In 2014 we reached the potential to label 97% of the paper based packaging that we produce in the Group according to FSC®.
  • In 2016 we achieved our target to deliver at least 90% of our products as certified.

Chain of Custody case study

Take a look our case study ' Chain of Custody: sustainable packaging delivered by people and processes.