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Mondi Aligns Sustainable Paper and Packaging Strategy with SDGs

By Brian Collett

Mondi, the Vienna-based international packaging and paper group, has invested an impressive €41.7m ($51.2m, £36.4m) in community projects during the past five years. Of this, €9.6m was contributed last year.

The company, which has 24,400 employees at 102 centers in more than 30 countries, proudly records the figures in its annual report just published.

Mondi’s aims and attainments, listed in the report as evidence of its strong links with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, range from employee and contractor safety through climate change measures to creating value for customers.

In Partnering for Change, the sustainability part of its 2017 reporting, the company assesses how it is using its model known as Growing Responsibly to achieve significant improvements in the aspects of sustainability that are most relevant to its business and its stakeholders.

Altogether 829,900 hours were reported to have been covered by training of employees and contractors during the year, 37 per cent of that time dedicated to safety and health.

Another aspect of the company’s policy on its workforce is emphasized in its stance on gender. Its overall workforce is now 22 per cent female, and 25 per cent of its board members are women.

On materials, Mondi says 65 per cent of the fuel for its mills comes from renewable biomass-based sources, and 71 per cent of wood procured is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

On waste, 18 per cent less of the company’s specific refuse has ended up in landfill since 2015.

On environmental protection, Mondi says 25 per cent of the forest land in its ownership is set aside for conservation.

Peter Oswald, the group chief executive, reflects: “As we further embed sustainability into our global operations and ensure delivery against our long-term strategic business objectives, transparent and collaborative relationships and partnerships remain key, both across our business and beyond.”

Illustration: Mondi