Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do
Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do—for our clients, and for ourselves. We challenge conventional packaging solutions and processes to positively contribute to a globally sustainable future. For our efforts, we have been recognized as being among the top 10% of the most sustainable companies in the world, according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Responsible supplier relationships
With our membership in the UN’s Global Compact, we undertake the responsibility to fight corruption, safeguard the environment and ensure the rights of our employees at every turn—and we believe our suppliers should, too. To that end, we only work with suppliers and producers who meet certain basic requirements in the areas we hold dear. This is one our differentiating factors, and it’s why BillerudKorsnäs is positioned to help maximize the positive impact of your packaging operations in Southeast Asia while minimizing the negative.
Partner approval process
We first identify potential suppliers operating in our region that align with our long-term vision and share our expectations around quality, sustainability, compliance, operational excellence and commercial performance. Selected suppliers then perform a self-assessment containing about 75 questions, which provides us a comprehensive view of the suppliers’ attitude, approach and compliance to sustainable and responsible business practices. Whereas competitors will only look at a supplier’s margins and productivity levels, we look at the whole picture to make sure our suppliers and producers will help us in our pursuit of a more sustainable future.
After we identify potential suppliers, we perform a comprehensive audit to ensure criteria is met. Only after we validate a supplier’s quality, compliance and performance will they earn partnership status, and only then will we consider aligning that supplier with existing or future clients. We review our database and align opportunities with suppliers and producers that are best able to deliver maximum value for the global brands we work with.
Suppliers are continually evaluated on their performance and adherence to our partner approval criteria. As true partners, our suppliers also benefit from our quality and operational performance management experience. We incentivize suppliers to perform well and take advantage of every opportunity our partnership provides, including access to markets they might not have been able to get into on their own.
Protection against negative exposure for your brand
BillerudKorsnäs is a signatory of United Nation’s Global Compact, which reflect our commitment to social and environmental sustainability in our packaging programs overseas. We aim to minimize, mitigate and manage adverse impacts where avoidance is possible, and we expect our suppliers to do the same.
We believe suppliers who share our vision and follow UN Global Compact are ultimately better partners, for us and the brands we work with. Thanks to our network of socially and environmentally responsible suppliers, the risk for negative exposure is reduced for brands with packaging operations in Southeast Asia. Ultimately, we strive for alignment between all parties—us, our suppliers and the brands we work with—to do the right thing as citizens of the planet.