WASHINGTON, DC and VERNON HILLS, IL; Oct 15, 2009 – Tetra Pak Inc., a leading manufacturer of food processing and packaging systems, is joining WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network in North America (GFTN-NA) to promote trade of responsibly sourced forest products. The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is WWF’s initiative to eliminate illegal logging and transform the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s valuable and threatened forests.
“Companies like Tetra Pak, which seriously commit to responsible wood and paper sourcing, can have significant positive impacts on forest conservation,” said Suzanne Apple, WWF’s Vice President for Business & Industry. “WWF welcomes Tetra Pak Inc. to a global community of more than 300 companies that are continuously improving their business practices while promoting healthy forests.”
By joining GFTN in North America, Tetra Pak further strengthens its global commitment to responsible fiber sourcing, in line with existing GFTN commitments in Sweden and the UK. In 2008, 33% of Tetra Pak’s global paperboard supply was fiber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the independent, globally recognized and robust standard for responsible forest management. The company has an ambitious goal of progressively increasing the FSC-certified content in its liquid packaging board.
“By joining the WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network in North America, we’ll be adhering to the gold standard of sustainable paper sourcing and mill management,” said Ed Klein, Tetra Pak Inc.’s VP Environmental Affairs. “In addition, we have committed to implement a responsible purchasing policy for wood and paper for internal use in our US and Canada facilities, giving preference to FSC and post-consumer recycled content.”
Tetra Pak initially joined the GFTN in 2006 with the GFTN-Sweden program, where it could coordinate with the company’s centralized, international paperboard purchasing team based in Lund. In 2007, Tetra Pak-UK became a participant in GFTN-UK to reinforce Tetra Pak’s international commitment to responsible purchasing in the UK.
“Tetra Pak is committed to business practices that protect resources for future generations and the future of our business,” said Klein.
Tetra Pak is also a member of WWF’s Climate Savers program, which mobilizes companies to establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Tetra Pak has set an absolute target to reduce its emissions 10 percent by 2010, compared to 2005 emissions.
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people around the world. With over 20,000 employees and operations in more than 150 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD,"™ reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.
More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapakusa.com
About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.
The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is WWF’s initiative to eliminate illegal logging and drive improvements in forest management while transforming the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s valuable and threatened forests. First established in 1991, the GFTN is the world’s longest-running and largest forest and trade program of its kind—assisting hundreds of companies in evaluating their procurement and implementing appropriate action plans to ensure sustainable supply. By facilitating trade links between companies committed to responsible forestry, the GFTN creates market conditions that help conserve forests while providing economic and social benefits for the businesses and people that depend on them. With combined annual sales of $64 billion, trading by GFTN participants represents 16% of all forest products bought or sold internationally every year. Read more about the GFTN’s work on supporting responsible forest management and trade at www.worldwildlife.org/naftn.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognized standards, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.