Our progress in packaging sustainability has been recognised in the results of our latest Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Annual Report and Action Plan, with a jump of 8% on our overall score against the previous year.
APCO is a co-regulatory, not for profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.
Our 2021 APCO Annual Report charts our performance against the APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework, which assesses and tracks packaging sustainability. We achieved Level 3 (Advanced) for the core criteria, reflecting the specific, measurable and time-based targets we have in place.
Our score, based on our progress during 2019/20, was 57%.
We made particular improvements in the areas of closed loop collaboration, industry leadership and supply chain influence, through increasing our engagement with APCO working groups, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and our suppliers.
We also moved the needle on consumer engagement, through our on-pack labelling and packaging sustainability information on our website.
We expect our score to increase again next year as our more recent work on our packaging sustainability strategy is reflected, including packaging recyclability, introducing the Australian Recycling Label and our involvement in soft plastic recycling programmes.
"We know collaboration is key to achieving a circular economy and the 2025 National Packaging Targets," explained Paul Ginn, GM Innovation. "Sanitarium is doing our bit for the planet by rolling out our Packaging Sustainability Strategy and working with suppliers to improve packaging recyclability. I’m also excited to see the introduction of the Australian Recycling Label on select packs, building confidence in recycling."