Below you will find EDANA member companies initiatives in the different segments. These initiatives were received while writing the Sustainability report. If you are an EDANA member company and you have an initiative that should be featured here do contact us!
Berry Global, Inc., has a mission of Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important and is committed to building a more sustainable future. The company’s
No. 1 priority is safety and with continuous improvement in their safety practices Berry has reduced the incident rate to 1.2; far below the industry average. Initiatives included Behaviour-Based Safety trainings, ‘red card’ alerts
and many more.
Berry Global, Inc., is a global leader in films, packaging, and nonwovens. Its mission of Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important drives the company’s commitment to building a more sustainable future. The company takes advantage of the benefits of plastics to lightweight products and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while also emphasising recyclability and the use of recycled content. The number one priority and core value at Berry Global is the safety of employees and contractors. Because of continuous improvements of safety practices and procedures, the employees at Berry have reduced the incident rate to 1.2; far below the industry average of 3.9.
Specific safety initiatives include Behaviour-Based Safety (BBS) training, ‘red card’ alerts, near miss reporting, and the creation of site safety councils that represent every department and shift. Performance at all Berry locations around the globe, is measured against the highest safety standards in the industry and is consistent with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. The company’s Bengaluru site in India celebrated the 10-years safety milestone in October 2018, achieving five million hours without a recordable incident.
Suominen, has for the 5th year in 2018 rolled out an internal safety programme putting emphasis on individual’s responsibility in occupational safety.
The programme was implemented through safety walks identifying both safe and unsafe behaviours and then afterwards holding an open discussion. Virtual safety walks were also possible. In 2018, more than 25,000 safety walks were performed globally.
Suominen, a nonwoven manufacturer, has taken a behaviour-based approach to its internal safety work. The safety program rolled on for the fifth year in 2018. The programme covers all the Suominen employees, both working at production sites and office premises. The program emphasises the individual’s responsibility in occupational safety and focuses on influencing the attitude and motivation of individuals. The program is implemented through safety walks, where a trained employee walks through the premises identifying both safe and unsafe behaviours and conditions and then engages in an open discussion with the employees. In 2018, the Behaviour-Based Safety program was complemented by virtual safety walks for non-operational employees.
The focus is to help everyone understand the importance of safe behaviour and how these principles can be incorporated into the daily lives of all employees. In 2018, more than 25,000 safety walks were performed globally. Altogether 4,792 unsafe actions or conditions were identified that need to be rectified, resulting in more than 3,000 hours of work entirely dedicated to safety walks and improving occupational safety.
In the EcoTain® brand Clariant have demonstrated how sustainability is a core element of their business strategy. Only products that offer outstanding sustainability advantages are given
the EcoTain® brand. All of these products have undergone an in-depth screening process, using 36 criteria which consider the overall product life cycle.
EcoTain® reaches across all dimensions of EDANA’s sustainability vision and is also an important element in Clariant’s efforts for building trust with customers. Sustainability is a core element of Clariant’s business strategy and extends to all of its business activities. With the EcoTain® brand, Clariant offers the market a clear signal that products and solutions have outstanding sustainability advantages, do not compromise on performance, and benefit customers, the value chain, and society as a whole. EcoTain® is the only chemical company brand that supports the customers and the value chain in making sound decisions on sustainability, and that drives actions and collaborations with a tangible impact on people, planet and performance.
Each product carrying the EcoTain® label has undergone a systematic, in-depth screening process using 36 criteria, which consider the overall product life cycle. The criteria are forward looking, developed and tested with customers, NGOs and other stakeholder groups.
Only exceptional products that significantly exceed market standards, with a best-in-class performance in one or several of the 36 criteria, are awarded the EcoTain® label by the corporate EcoTain® panel that scrutinizes each application. EcoTain® reaches across all dimensions of EDANA’s sustainability vision, as it takes into account sustainability aspects across the entire life cycle and across all dimensions of sustainability for the evaluation of products and solutions. In addition, EcoTain® is an important element of Clariant’s efforts for building trust and communicating transparently with our customers and aims to enhance collaboration with our value chain.
Kimberly-Clark had to react quickly to the serious water shortage in Cape Town where the city nearly ran out of water. Its Diaper Mill in the city introducing a variety of water saving
initiatives in the Mill but recognized it had to engage with local communities and stakeholder to drive action on sustainable water use. The result was a workshop in the city that introduced Water-LOUPE a water scarcity risk dashboard that
could be utilized to scientifically model potential solutions.
In 2018, after a three-year drought, Cape Town, South Africa became the first major city to come within days of running out of water. Not only did this pose a threat to the Kimberly Clark Epping Diaper Mill located in Cape Town, but more worryingly, it posed a serious threat to the lives and welfare of all those living in the Western Cape. As ‘Day-Zero’ approached, the mill answered by introducing a variety of water saving initiatives, reducing water usage by more than 50%.
Innovatively, the mill recognized that they needed to go beyond the factory fence and really engage with local communities, government agencies and NGO’s to drive action on sustainable water use. The resulting output was a Kimberly-Clark led stakeholder workshop in Cape Town that introduced Water-LOUPE (an innovative tool Kimberly-Clark developed with Dutch research group Deltares) and the development of a water scarcity risk dashboard that could be utilized to scientifically model potential solutions. Cape Town was able to avoid "Day Zero" but the threat remains. Local engagement and WaterLOUPE is working to drive collective action for sustainable water stewardship in Cape Town and other water-stressed regions of the world.
Valmet rolled out a new global sustainability engagement program for selected suppliers. It identified suppliers who were in need of support regarding sustainability and then through the program
helped them take the first critical steps to develop sustainability in their operations with trainings and a material library.
In 2018, Valmet started the roll-out of a new global sustainability engagement program for selected key suppliers. Valmet has around 100 key suppliers, of which 28 are identified as possible sources of potential sustainability risks for Valmet. The country of origin and the purchasing category are the basis for assessing the potential sustainability risks related to the key suppliers. Through key supplier sustainability engagement program, Valmet will support these suppliers in taking the first most critical steps to develop sustainability in their operations.
The elements of the program reflect the core requirements of Valmet’s Sustainable Supply Chain Policy: ethical business practices and compliance, human and labour rights, occupational health and safety and environmental management. The sustainability engagement development is integrated as a vital part in Valmet’s supplier relationship management program. The main idea of this program is to ensure a two-way interaction between Valmet and its suppliers and thus promote innovativeness and renewal.
The program includes trainings for key suppliers and provides a material library to support these suppliers in their sustainability work. As part of the program, individual targets and KPIs for each participating supplier are set and followed up.