Smurfit Kappa announces that all of its packaging operations in Europe are now chain-of-custody certified, including all paper mills and production plants, notes that this achievement is part of the company's long-term sustainability goals

DUBLIN , March 4, 2013 (press release) – Smurfit Kappa is now able to supply Chain of Custody certified packaging throughout Europe, after completing the extensive three year certification programme. 

Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, is proud to announce that all relevant packaging operations in Europe are now Chain of Custody certified. This is in line with the Company’s long-term sustainability commitment and covers 19 European countries where Smurfit Kappa is present, namely: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

This ambitious programme started more than three years ago with the certification of all virgin paper mills, followed by all recycled paper mills and has concluded with every relevant packaging production operation being certified. The granting of these certificates is evidence of Smurfit Kappa’s objective to fully comply with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody certification schemes.

These certificates enable Smurfit Kappa to assure its customers that its packaging is produced from solely sustainable raw material. Packaging materials can now be traced and the Chain of Custody certification guarantees that no unsustainable material has entered the supply chain.

Tony Smurfit, COO of Smurfit Kappa comments: “By completing our Chain of Custody certification programme for our entire paper mill system as well as all relevant packaging operations in Europe we demonstrate our commitment to supplying our customers with sustainable packaging solutions. We show our ambition to be the leader in every aspect of our business, as we believe that Chain of Custody certification throughout the entire chain should be the standard in our industry.”

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