DUBLIN (News release) -- Smurfit Kappa has been awarded the gold Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating by EcoVadis, a leading evaluator of global supply chains, for the fifth successive year.
The packaging leader scored highly in a range of criteria across environment, labour practices and human rights, sustainable procurement and fair business practices.
EcoVadis provides supplier sustainability ratings for global supply chains in companies such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé and ING Bank.
This achievement follows on from Smurfit Kappa announcing earlier this year that it had met, and in some cases exceeded, its previous sustainability goals in the areas of people, climate change and water with the last two goals achieved three years ahead of their 2020 deadline. This led to Smurfit Kappa recently launching a new set of sustainability goals.
Smurfit Kappa CEO of Europe Saverio Mayer said: "At Smurfit Kappa, we have a long-term commitment to corporate social responsibility so we are delighted to have been recognised with the EcoVadis gold rating for the fifth year in a row.
"Our customers can rest assured that with Smurfit Kappa, they benefit from a completely transparent and sustainable supply chain and a responsible business partner."
The EcoVadis methodology is built on international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000, covering 190 purchasing categories, 150 countries and 21 CSR indicators.