November is a great month to renew your commitment to reduce, reuse, recycle, and buy recycled! Did you know the national recycling rate has increased over the past 30 years to its current rate of 34%? The paper recycling rate is even higher! In 2017, 65.8 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. This is double the annual paper recovery rate since 1990. To read more about this incredible paper recycling success story, visit PaperRecycles.org. In an effort to increase recycling across the country, Keep America Beautiful started the initiative, America Recycles Day, to encourage organized events that reduce total waste produced and maximize landfill diversion. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. In celebration and recognition of the day, we encourage everyone to take the #berecycled pledge. Click read more below for additional detail.
In our most recent EcoVadis sustainability assessment, we achieved ‘Platinum’ rating, which places us in the top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis globally
Notably, we scored 90% for our performance in sustainable procurement, with praise for our Supplier Engagement programme and FSC chain of custody certification, and 80% on environmental issues, with praise for “exceptional” reporting on environmental issues.
We placed in the top 2% in our industry overall.
Our top strengths include our work to close the loop through better design and protect natural resources, as part of our Now and Next sustainability strategy (commended by EcoVadis as the ‘systematic use of lighter items to save paper’), our commitment to sourcing 100% recycled or chain of custody certified papers, our commitment to 100% of in-scope sites maintaining ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification and packaging designed for easy dismantling and easy recyclability.
Importantly for our customers, many of whom closely follow our EcoVadis score, this shows that we are leading the way in sustainability and enabling the transition to a circular economy.
“We are delighted with our improved EcoVadis rating. EcoVadis is an important rating to our customers, who use the EcoVadis platform to assess our performance as their provider of sustainable packaging solutions. As a key part of their packaging supply chain, our customers want reassurance that we can support them in achieving their own sustainable packaging goals by reducing the impact of the products they buy from us and delivering strong ESG performance with our Now and Next sustainability strategy.” — Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith
EcoVadis has grown to become the world’s largest and most trusted provider of sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 75,000 rated companies. Companies partner with EcoVadis to collaborate on sustainability with a common platform, universal scorecard, benchmarks and performance improvement tools.
more at: https://www.dssmith.com/media/newsroom/2021/8/ds-smith-achieves-platinum-ecovadis-rating-placed-in-top-1-of-companies-globally