Cooperation with Packaging Manufacturers
We work with leading packaging manufacturers in the respective sectors who are very keen to ensure sustainability and material efficiency along the entire supply chain. When making material procurement decisions, we consider our suppliers' performance in terms of sustainability among other criteria. This allows us to integrate supplier compliance into our supply chain management for packaging material and material efficiency and improve the performance of our supplier portfolio over time. One important selection criterion, for example, is the condition of production facilities as well as any programs in place for their continuous improvement. This is why manufacturers receive regular visits from our trained internal auditors.
Most of our packaging manufacturers use modern production technologies which reduce the use of paints in particular and the amount of raw material needed. When buying our packaging materials, we often source these from suppliers located close to our production sites in Switzerland, the EU, and the USA. This helps to avoid long transportation routes and high emission levels.
Our Program to Ensure Sustainable Packaging
Through our Sustainable Packaging Initiative we continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation and display packaging) and strive to reduce packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve full recyclability or reusability. Where our quality standards permit, we use recyclable, reusable and biodegradable materials. This is also reflected in our commitment aiming at making all our packaging 100% recyclable or reusable.
All our packaging commitments as well as our progress can be seen in our annual Sustainability Report.