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Chain of Custody: sustainable packaging delivered by people and processes

​At Smurfit Kappa we understand the importance of sustainability in everything we do - and everything you do. 

Every day, we take pride in proving how our ways of working across the breadth of our operations contribute to a better use of the world’s resources and a more sustainable future. We have sustainability in every fiber – ingrained in our virgin and recycled products, our processes and, importantly, our people – delivering value across the supply chain. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in our certified and verified approach to Chain of Custody.  Across the packaging product life cycle, from the finished product that’s delivered to your factory or into the hands of consumers on the shop floor, right back to its origin in the forest, Smurfit Kappa people are at the heart of guaranteeing sustainability at every stage – so you don’t have to.

Five of our colleagues outline the important part they play in the Chain of Custody journey, tracing the certified status of your packaging all the way back to source:

Sustainable packaging assured

Manuel Alcala, Vice-president Pan American Sales in Smurfit Kappa The Americas:

“Our commitment with sustainability and accomplishing the chain of custody certification in our operations is an opportunity to create and consolidate value for society, our families, stakeholders and ourselves. We can make it happen because sustainability is a value for each and every one of us in Smurfit Kappa and we carry it in our DNA. Additionally with the understanding acquired through innovation and insights, we understand the needs and opportunities of our customers supply chain and together we can reach the goal of managing our resources in a sustainable way".


Transforming paper into packaging

Dave Senior, Corrugated Operator at Smurfit Kappa Weston-super-Mare:

“Our plant doesn’t work with non-certified material. For a start, it’s all traced and tracked through our order system. My colleagues and I also receive annual in-house FSC training to ensure we know and understand the materials we work with; so you can rest assured the people behind your product know what they’re working with. Our training and day-to-day work within the parameters of our Chain of Custody system has raised our awareness of the importance of certified material: it has a massive impact on both the environment and society.”

Paper recovery and recycling

Ricardo Baricelli, Quality & Lab Manager, Argentina & Chile:

“We use raw materials that we obtain from our recycled operations and more than 90% of it comes from certified sources. In Smurfit Kappa Argentina, we are proud to be the first paper and corrugated company in the country to be certified in “FSC-CoC Recycled”, because we know that we promote growth in the industry. We work together as an organization and that’s our way to provide sustainability in our country and the world. The certifications add value to the products that we sell and it helps us with brand positioning strategies for our customers who, like us, are interested in having a sustainable world every day”.

 Responsible sourcing at paper mills

Ernst Kastner, Wood Purchasing Manager at Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorfer paper mill in Austria:

“When it’s not coming direct from a Smurfit Kappa owned plantation or forest, we’re committed to purchasing timber from certified forests. When a timber load enters the paper mill, our resource planning systems are in place to check the status of certification and prevent any unidentified fibers from being put into production. Once we know fibers are okay to use, a documented information trail of the raw material follows it throughout the paper making process. From certification documentation to origin controls and independent third-party audits, our processes ensure transparency. As a forest engineer in the paper industry, an owner of a small lot in a forest and as a father, I am passionate about the benefits of certified forestry – not just environmental, but social and economic.”

Sustainable forest management

Yesid Sabogal, a Chainsaw Operator who works in Smurfit Kappa’s own Colombian certified forest:

“Certified forests mean that we apply specific procedures to protect and manage the forest sustainably, as well as to maintain safety of our operations in the forest. I know this is important to our customers, but certified plantations also act as a source of employment for the surrounding communities that we are committed to supporting.”

Learn more

Watch our 3 minute video to learn more about the importance of Chain of Custody.