Barry Callebaut says it now purchases 95% of its corrugated carton boxes as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified in the EMEA Region.
This applies to the carton boxes used in its sites in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
The company considers it a good progress towards its packaging target as defined under its sustainability strategy Forever Chocolate to ensure that all packaging comes from sustainable sources by 2025.
FSC certification ensures that products come from well-managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
It is regarded internationally as a guarantee of responsible forest management.
“In order to make sustainable chocolate the norm, Barry Callebaut has committed itself to have 100% sustainable ingredients in all of its products by 2025 and that includes packaging,” says Massimo Selmo, head of global sourcing.
“Annually, we’re talking about 12 million sqm of packaging with FSC certification, the equivalent of 1875 football fields.”
“This amounts to 7497 tons.”