Developing our sustainability approach

Our commitment to sustainability has been at the core of our business for many years, and we are constantly evolving and improving our approach. This means we can balance our proactive long-term strategy with an agile, responsive practice that keeps us at the cutting edge of innovation and ahead of our changing customers’ needs.

​​​​​​​​​How we decide what matters most

Tetra Pak is a global business, and – as a result – there are many sustainability issues to address and opportunities to explore. To objectively select the issues that matter most to our stakeholders and to our business, we apply the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) principle of materiality.

In 2016, we undertook our first full materiality assessment and identified 14 top material aspects where we can have the greatest positive impact for our customers, our business and society. We are currently conducting a new materiality analysis to check and refresh progress against our 2016 analysis.

We have also used the UN Sustainable Development Goals​ (SDGs) as a guiding light in the prioritisation of our sustainability efforts, and have highlighted this throughout the report.

How we determine our approach

Sustainability is part of our corporate strategy, which is defined by our Strategy Council. We have created the Sustainability Forum – a group of 10 senior leaders from across Tetra Pak who represent a wide range of areas of responsibility. The Sustainability Forum defines our sustainability work and the areas this work is – and should be - focused on.  

The Forum has also been working on our 2030 Strategy, and the SDGs, as well as the output of our materiality process will inform this. Our strategy will set ambitious new targets that build on our existing work and push us faster and further towards fulfilling our vision in a way that creates environmental, social and economic value.​

"The Forum is tasked with developing the next stage of our sustainability work going towards 2030. The major step this year is to connect our material topics and the SDGs with what is happening on the ground."
Mario Abreu, Tetra Pak Vice President Sustainability ​

How we double check our approach

Verification and assurance are an essential part of our process. To that end, our practices, processes and performance are verified externally to World-Class Manufacturing standards, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody and Quality Assurance Management certification. Our greenhouse gas emissions data is externally audited. This report follows the materiality approach of the GRI Standards Core guidelines, the most widely adopted international independent framework for sustainability reporting.​

materiality matrix

Desk research prioritisation is depicted on the vertical axis, while workshops and interview research is captured on the horizontal axis

Learn more about our priorities