Sustainable products start with sustainable sourcing. Wherever possible, we responsibly source sustainable materials that improve environmental health.
By 2030 we plan to have 100% of our paper FSC certified and have already made significant strides. Globally, over 89% of our paper is certified through FSC and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification claims, with 45% of all paper certified using the “gold standard” FSC-certification. We’re also increasingly sourcing renewable energy to power our operations.
We’re aiming to manufacture our RFID inlays more sustainably as well, and in 2020, we advanced several efforts to reduce the amount of material used to make them. We developed our SmartMaterialsTM RFID label constructions, which arrive to converters ready to use and reduce the amount of materials involved by streamlining the manufacturing process. We also began making improvements to our manufacturing processes and product constructions to reduce waste, including replacing transfer tapes with in-line adhesive application and making our RFID antennas without PET plastic.
Auditing Direct Materials Suppliers
In 2016, our businesses launched a Sustainability Procurement Program. This collaborative evaluation platform provides sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for our global supply chain. As part of the program, each year, with our partner, EcoVadis, we review suppliers representing more than 80% of our direct spend on materials. EcoVadis audits a company’s environmental practices, fair business practices, working conditions, and supply chain. Supplier audit scores and corrective actions are available in EcoVadis’ online system for any competitor or customer who requests the information. Our work with EcoVadis received a Label Industry Global Award in 2018.