Tetra Pak released the 2020 Sustainability Report, celebrating the many ways the company has worked to protect food, people and the planet in the past year. 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.
Highlights from the global operations
• Continuing to ensure food safety and help customers maintain uninterrupted food supplies during the Covid-19 crisis.
• Working alongside customers worldwide to feed millions of children through school feeding programmes and boost milk supply from smallholder farmers through Dairy Hubs. 68 million children received milk or other nutritious products in packages in schools.
• Pioneering Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification for plant-based polymers, a first in the food and beverage industry, that ensures full traceability.
• For the fourth year in a row, made CDP’s A List for leading efforts against climate change and protecting forests. 50 billion packages were recycled globally.
In India, the company 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 work in India in 2019 include the following:
• Over 80 per cent of 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, 1 in 2 cartons sold in the surveyed cities is recycled
• The company’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
• The company 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 plus 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 programme, 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
o As per a study by KPMG, the programme generated a Social Return On Investment (SROI) of 2.66 in the year 2019-20, i.e. for every Indian rupee of investment by the stakeholders, INR 2.66 of the social value attributable to the stakeholders (majorly to the programme) was created.
• Launched a new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Public-Private Partnerships mode with the Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and TERI. This helped expand Tetra Pak’s collection network to Uttar Pradesh.
• Launch of waste management facility at Indian Army camp at Joshimath, Uttarakhand. This is the company’s 14th such facility in partnership with the Indian Army.
Ashutosh Manohar, managing director, Tetra Pak South Asia, said, “Sustainability has long been at the heart of our business strategy and our operations. It is embodied in our brand promise, which is brought to life by protecting food, protecting people and protecting the planet. As we reflect on last year, we must necessarily begin with the Covid-19 pandemic, an unprecedented event that has affected, and continues to affect, communities worldwide. In this context, our commitment to protecting what’s good has never been more vital – and our sense of purpose has never been stronger.”
The company’s approach to sustainability encompasses the entire value chain — including environmental, social and economic challenges. It has worked to develop collection and recycling infrastructure in all markets, investing 23 million euros between 2012 and 2019. In addition, it has helped increase the number of facilities that recycle beverage cartons worldwide from 40 in 2002 to more than 170 today. In India, by September 2020, the company’s collection network has expanded to cover 22 states and Union Territories, supported by 30 collection partners and 4 different recyclers across the country.