LONDON, Sept. 20, 2021 (Press Release) -286 employees from leading sustainable packaging company DS Smith took part in local litter picks around the world in support of World Cleanup Day.
Staff from the FTSE100 company rolled up their sleeves to collect bag loads of rubbish and sort any recyclable material to showcase their commitment to a waste free world and to make a difference to their local communities.
Teams of volunteers from all of DS Smith’s divisions across 16 different countries took part in litter picks at parks, beaches, forests, city centres, canals, and industrial estates – from UK, Spain and Romania to the US, Slovakia, and China.
World Cleanup Day aims to unite millions of volunteers from 180 countries to help clean up the planet by taking part in activities in local communities around the globe.
Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith said:
“I am very proud of our employees who gave up their time in support of World Cleanup Day to pick up litter and help improve their local environment. As a large global company, we take our responsibilities to the communities where we operate seriously. Through these initiatives, we can support local people and businesses while demonstrating our commitment to protecting the natural world and embedding the circular economy in all that we do.”
Reducing waste is a key part of the journey to a more circular economy, which is at the heart of DS Smith’s Now and Next sustainability strategy. The strategy focuses on closing the loop through better design, protecting natural resources by making the most of every fibre, reducing waste and pollution through circular solutions and equipping people to lead the transition to a circular economy. By 2023, DS Smith will manufacture 100% reusable or recyclable packaging and its aim is that by 2030, all of its packaging will be recycled or reused.
Earlier this year, DS Smith launched its 2021 Sustainability Report which sets out how the company had reached seven of its key sustainability milestones – including meeting targets on the circular economy, water and forest management and community engagement.
DS Smith employees took part in local clean-up activities in the following locations:
UK: DS Smith Recycling Avonmouth: 10 volunteers, DS Smith Cambridge Recycling Depot: 3 volunteers, DS Smith Glasgow Recycling Depot: 5 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling West London: 6 volunteers, DS Smith Head Office, London: 5 volunteers
Denmark: DS Smith Grenaa: 3 volunteers
Finland: DS Smith Packaging Tampere: 6 volunteers
Germany: DS Smith Witzenhausen Mill: 6 volunteers
Greece: DS Smith Packaging Athens: 10 volunteers, DS Smith Packaging Korinthos: 8 volunteers
Portugal: DS Smith Packaging Guilhabreu: 11 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling Figueira: 9 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling Porto: 8 volunteers, DS Smith Packaging S.A.: 25 volunteers
Romania: DS Smith Zarnesti Paper Mill: 32 volunteers, DS Smith Packaging Ghimbav: 18 volunteers
Serbia: DS Smith Belgrade: 8 volunteers, DS Smith Krusevac: 6 volunteers
Slovakia: DS Smith Turpak Obaly a.s.: 5 volunteers
Spain: DS Smith Packaging Cartogal: 5 volunteers, DS Smith Packaging Duenas: 8 volunteers, DS Smith Packaging Lucena: 14 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling Duero: 7 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling Madrid: 4 volunteers, DS Smith Recycling Valladolid: 5 volunteers
Switzerland: DS Smith Packaging Oftringen: 17 volunteers
The Netherlands: DS Smith Packaging Eerbeek: 9 volunteers
China: DS Smith Shanghai, China: 8 volunteers
US: DS Smith Packaging Vineland, New Jersey: 6 volunteers, DS Smith New Castle, DS Smith Riceboro Mill: 16 volunteers
In addition, 3 individual volunteers also participated from India, France, and the UK.
About DS Smith:
DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials. Through its purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.