At Kerry, we source a range of paper based materials that are used predominantly for packaging. This material plays an important role in ensuring the delivery of safe, high quality products to our customers. However, we recognise that the production of paper packaging can contribute to the loss of natural forests and we are committed to ensuring that the fibre based material used in our packaging comes from sustainably managed sources. To help deliver on this commitment, we have developed our Paper Sourcing Policy to guide our purchasing decisions.
Our initial focus is on the assessment of fibre based packaging originating from high risk countries, as laid out in our Policy. We favour the use of certified materials with chain of custody certification under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/or product certified under national schemes approved by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We also seek to include recycled content where product specification and quality requirements allow.
Our goal is to achieve a minimum of 90% responsible sourcing of our global fibre based packaging by 2020. To be considered responsibly sourced this packaging must meet the following criteria:
- Sourced from certified, verified or recycled sources.
- Wood is harvested in compliance with all applicable laws.
- No deforestation of primary forest or areas of high conservation value.
- Compliance with the Group’s Supplier Requirements Manual
Initial assessment work undertaken in the development of the Group's Paper Sourcing Policy indicates that we are on track to meet our 2020 target. We will publish details of our progress against the requirements laid out above by the end of 2018.