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What does Koen Pack do about sustainable and circular?

Our customers consider a "switch" to sustainable packaging. Koen Pack has been going through this transition for much longer … because we care!

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Our Waste Policy explains how we handle waste.


Koen Pack's Sustainability Vision

Our world faces many sustainability challenges, in particular as a result of the increasing demand for and depletion of natural resources and climate change. Waste management can make an important positive contribution in this regard. By recycling materials can again serve as a raw material or as an energy carrier, which reduces the use of primary raw materials and reduces CO² emissions.


Sustainable Processing

We strive to process (or have processed) all released materials in as sustainable a way as possible and, where possible, to make them suitable for reuse.
We declare that we return the released materials to the chain as much as possible. On the one hand as a recycled material for new materials or as a new raw material for equal or equivalent products. The products that cannot be recycled are used for high-quality energy generation, among other things.


LED-lighting

In 2019, LED lighting with motion sensors was installed in the entire warehouse and in our new office. We have chosen not to use carpet in our offices, but sturdy polished concrete which has a long life because of it's wear resistance.


Solar panels in The Netherlands

At the end of 2019, preparations were started to install over 1,000 solar panels on the roof of Koen Pack in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. From 2020 we switched to green energy with this sustainable investment. This is in line with our intention to operate in a socially responsible manner and contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. Would you like to discuss sustainability with us and what is involved? Contact us for a knowledge session!


Corporate Social Responsibility


Different certificates

Koen Pack has been a member of the BSCI program since 1 January 2017. BSCI is an initiative of amfori and stands for "Business Social Compliance Initiative". The initiative has been created to, among other things, improve working conditions in the production chain worldwide. We believe that equal and good working conditions are important for everyone in our production chain. In close consultation with our producers in China, Vietnam and Myanmar, among other things, we ensure that the circumstances in which they work meet the requirements set. This has been guaranteed for years through the Sedex program. Sedex is a non-profit organization that works on improving ethical and responsible business. By being affiliated with amfori, independent auditors conduct regular audits of our suppliers. BSCI participants and suppliers follow training on various themes as described in the 11 principles.

The 11 principles of BSCI

BSCI is committed to the worldwide improvement of working conditions in the production chain of its members and does this according to eleven principles. This includes ensuring equal opportunities for employees, assessing risks, socially responsible policies, freedom of association, special protection for young workers, combating child and forced labor, paying fair compensation, protecting the environment and provisions for safe and healthy workplace. More information can be found in the Code of Conduct.

Sedex

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, empowers sustainable and ethical supply chains, is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. The goal is a secure, online database that offers members the ability to store information, share and report on four key areas: Labour, Health & Safety, Environmental and Business Ethics. Koen Pack is connected with since 2013.

ISO-14001

In Colombia Koen Pack has an ISO-14001 certification, because using an environmental management system according to the ISO-14001 standard, the environmental risks of the operations are controlled and if possible reduced.
Koen Pack Sucursal has been awarded an AA category from the Sello de Sostenibilidad by Corantioquia. This recognition is given for the dedication and extra efforts in all processes, which are not only sustainable but also environmentally friendly.


Koen Pack a FSC® Certificate

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) system ensures that the forests of our world can be preserved through responsible forest management. A well-managed forest runs less risk of being cut down for other purposes, such as the construction of palm oil or soy plantations and mining.

So use FSC!
By using FSC certified items, you contribute directly to the protection of our global forests and to a healthy living environment for humans and animals worldwide. Because the forest gets economic value in this way, we ensure that it is preserved. And that is important, because everyone wants to continue to enjoy eternally both our forests and the natural products of wood and paper?

Wood and paper products that come from an FSC-certified forest can be recognized by the FSC label
To ensure that products with this quality mark actually come from a responsibly managed forest, all links in the product chain must be certified.
Only when a forest manager, the paper mill and the wholesaler can demonstrate compliance with the rules of FSC, can a product be sold as an FSC and the logo placed on it. The more demand there is for FSC products, the more hectares of forest will be managed according to FSC guidelines. And the more people and animals who depend on the forest will benefit from this. More information about FSC . We are registered under number FSC-STD-40-004 at the FSC certificate. Ask for our FSC® certified products.

Here you will find a list of all certificates.

Do you want to know more about this? Send an e-mail with your question to sales-canada@koenpack.com


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