We collect and monitor key environmental data on our internal performance throughout the group and transparently share these data in reports and on external rating platforms. We are well aware of our role and responsibility in the value chain and we strive to continuously improve our performance.
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Measuring and managing the impact of our operations
The global increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities is a significant driver of global warming, having very severe consequences for ecosystems and communities.
Direct and indirect GHG emissions are generated by Constantia Flexibles’ plants by production processes consuming electricity, gas, fuels, steam and hot water, as well as by purchased goods and services and other fuel- and energy related activities. Since 2005 we have been measuring our direct and indirect emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and are verified annually by external consultants for our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 calculation methodology.
To reduce our impact, we have set ourselves ambitious targets:
- We commit to reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions 24% by 2030 and 49% by 2050 from a 2015 base-year (Approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative).
- Furthermore, we set the goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2023 (Scope 1 and 2 emissions per square meter produced, setting 2005 as reference year).
In order to reach our GHG-emissions reduction targets, we use every opportunity to save energy and decrease our environmental footprint by e.g. continuous improvement relating to energy efficiency, purchasing electricity from renewable resources as well as solvent and heat recovery.
We are also aware of the impact of VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions on the environment. These emissions are originated in plants from the usage of solvents. In this context Constantia Flexibles has installed Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs) in several plants, consequently reducing VOC emissions.
Learn more about our sustainability performance, which is externally audited and published in our company owner’s registration document, here (Constantia Flexibles starting at page 194)!
Responsible and ethical sourcing
Setting new standards
More sustainable packaging starts with responsibly sourced material, therefore Constantia Flexibles is a founding member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
Constantia Flexibles’ largest plant Constantia Teich has become the first aluminium foil roller and packaging converter and the first European company to be certified according to ASI’s Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance. Furthermore, Constantia Teich successfully completed the audit in accordance with ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard, which complements the ASI Performance Standard and sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for CoC material, including ASI aluminium. ASI certification of the Constantia Teich facility signifies that Constantia Flexibles’ practices meet the industry’s highest standards.
Constantia Flexibles works for continuous improvements in connection with the consumption of raw materials and holds additional relevant certifications, such as FSC or PEFC for responsibly sourced paper. Furthermore, Constantia Flexibles endorses the ethical standards represented by Sedex with several of our production sites being SMETA audited.
Social and environmental responsibility, as well as fair and ethical business principles shall be considered throughout the entire supply chain. Constantia Flexibles does not engage or enter into any relationship with suppliers whose presence in the market and attitude towards their employees and subcontractors conflict with general ethics, principles and ecological standards. Therefore, our Ethical Sourcing Policy, together with our Code of Conduct for Suppliers set out our expectations and are an integral part of all business activities between Constantia Flexibles and its suppliers and subcontractors.
Transparent reporting of our sustainability performance
Transparency is a key element in acting responsibly concerning the environment and our stakeholders. To ensure credibility, Constantia Flexibles’ sustainability performance is evaluated by external rating platforms once per year. Constantia Flexibles shares key environmental data throughout the supply chain and collaborates with selected platforms/projects, such as CDP and EcoVadis.
Constantia Flexibles is proud to be among those companies that made it to the CDP Climate Change Leadership level (A-), being awarded with above average scores for our climate change reporting and climate protection efforts. CDP’s environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency with thousands of companies disclosing their data annually.
In addition, Constantia Flexibles has been identified as a global leader for engaging with suppliers on climate change, being awarded a position on the 2020 Supplier Engagement Leaderboard by CDP.
Constantia Flexibles is also a well-rated member of EcoVadis. We are happy to announce that for the fourth time in a row, Constantia Flexibles as a group has been awarded the EcoVadis gold medal in recognition of our CSR achievement. This result places Constantia Flexibles among the top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in our industry.
EcoVadis is an external rating platform assessing a broad range of non-financial topics in the fields of environment, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.