Tetra Pak’s Sustainability Report highlights commitment

Tetra Pak, a world leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has released the 2020 Sustainability Report celebrating the many ways the company has worked to protect food, people and the planet in the past year.

12 Oct 2020 | By Rahul Kumar

An annual tradition since 1999, this year’s report is especially poignant in the midst of a global pandemic, while the world's focus on planet and the environment is being challenged.

Among the highlights from the global operations, the company continued to ensure food safety and helped customers maintain uninterrupted food supplies during the Covid-19 crisis. It also worked alongside customers worldwide to feed millions of children through school feeding programmes and boost milk supply from smallholder farmers through its dairy hubs. Total 68-million children received milk or other nutritious products in Tetra Pak packages in schools.

The company also introduced Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification for plant-based polymers, a first in the food and beverage industry to ensure full traceability.

For the fourth year in a row, it also made into CDP’s A List for leading efforts against climate change and protecting forests. Total 50-billion Tetra Pak packages were recycled globally.

In India, Tetra Pak continued to invest in strengthening the collection and recycling ecosystem to ensure that cartons are effectively recycled into useful products. This was done in close collaboration with industry, central and state government, collection and recycling partner, NGOs and other stakeholders.

Highlights of Tetra Pak's work in India in 2019

  • Over 80% of Tetra Pak packages sold in India now display the FSC logo, certifying that the paperboard used in them is made from responsibly sourced wood
  • According to a study done by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) across 20 cities in India, one in two cartons sold in the surveyed cities is recycled
  • Tetra Pak’s collection network for used beverage cartons expanded across 20 states and Union territories, 29 cities and 14 Army cantonments, supported by 29 collection partners
  • Strengthened AARC (Action Alliance for Recycling beverage Cartons) to include 16 industry leaders in the field of juices, dairy, pharma, liquor and packaging industry. AARC aims to double the collection and recycling of used paper cartons by 2025
  • Tetra Pak and RUR Greenlife celebrated 10 years of ‘Go Green with Tetra Pak’ programme in Mumbai, an initiative that encourages consumers to deposit used beverage cartons at any of the 240+ drop off points across Mumbai, helping them get recycled
  • Completed the first phase of ‘Alag Karo Har Din Teen Bin’, a multi-stakeholder Municipal solid waste management program, pivoted by Saahas, a non-profit organisation, to establish and sustain segregation at source and develop capacities of the waste collectors (formal and informal) to ensure high recycling rates in the national capital region
  • As per a study by KPMG, the programme generated a Social Return On Investment (SROI) of 2.66 in the year 2019-20, meaning, for every Indian rupee of investment by the stakeholders, Rs 2.66 of the social value attributable to the stakeholders (majorly to the program) was created
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