Germany has become the second country to successfully achieve PEFC re-endorsement of its national forest certification system for a third time. The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) for Forest Plantations standard has also received PEFC re-endorsement. This endorsement not only confirms that they continue to meet PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks, but also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in these countries continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC. The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) for Forest Plantations is a complementary standard to the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), which includes the MC&I for Natural Forests. The endorsement of this second edition of the MC&I for Forest Plantations, which is designed to assess the management practices for, and enable the certification of, forest plantations, follows the re-endorsement of the MTCS in 2014. “These re-endorsements show both the commitment of our members and underlines PEFC's leadership in the continuous improvement of forest certification," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “We appreciate their continued commitment, as well as the contributions of all the stakeholders who have participated in the standards revision and assessment processes.”
AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions, today released its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report. The 2018 Sustainability Report highlights the robust sustainability initiatives that have been implemented across Aptar’s global operations.
As in previous reports, Aptar summarizes various milestones measured and achieved in three key areas of people, planet and product. The 2018 Sustainability Report is based on the Global Sustainability Reporting (GRI) Standards: Core Options, as released in October 2016. In preparing the report, Aptar obtained limited external assurance for absolute energy metrics, carbon emissions and renewable energy purchases. Aptar also responds to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Investor Climate Change, Supply Chain and Water questionnaires each year.
In 2018, the company publicly committed to Science-Based Targets and published five sustainability aspirations: People, Circular Economy, Solutions, Operations, and Suppliers & Partners. In addition to these aspirations, Aptar partnered with its internal Innovation Excellence function to create a dedicated Product Sustainability Team. This team is focused on increased usage of post-consumer recycled resin (PCR), additional opportunities for more sustainable resins and the recyclability of our products. Aptar’s 2019 aspirations, safety programs and community outreach initiatives are also featured in the report.
“I am proud of the progress we have made to reduce our environmental impact and further our position as a sustainability leader. The creation of our Product Sustainability Team and focus on Innovation Excellence, along with the partnerships we have formed with organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Solid Waste Association will strengthen our capability to create high quality products while working toward the circular economy goal of designing out waste,” explained Stephan Tanda, President and CEO. “I look forward to sharing more of our sustainability success stories in 2019.”
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