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DS Smith joins Get Nature Positive campaign to help tackle loss of biodiversity

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DS Smith joins Get Nature Positive campaign to help tackle loss of biodiversity

November 08, 2021 - 05:58
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    LONDON, Nov. 8, 2021 (Press Release) -
  • Get Nature Positive is led by the Council for Sustainable Business (CSB) – a group of business leaders advising Defra on how businesses can help achieve the aims of the UK’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
  • More than 70 high profile companies in various industries have joined the campaign so far.
  • Leaders from the businesses recently convened at COP26 Nature Day (Saturday 6th November) in Glasgow.
  • DS Smith has committed to launch 100 biodiversity projects across Europe and North America by 2025.

Sustainable FTSE100 packaging company DS Smith has joined the Get Nature Positive campaign to help tackle the loss of biodiversity.

As part of the G7 Nature Compact, the UK has committed to nature positivity by 2030. The commitment includes halting and reversing the decline of nature and biodiversity and ensuring that economic decisions are made considering this objective.

Get Nature Positive is led by the Council for Sustainable Business (CSB) – a group of business leaders advising Defra on how businesses can help achieve the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan. The campaign engages and works with businesses to halt and then reverse the catastrophic loss of nature worldwide, promote biodiversity and protect natural resources.

By joining Get Nature Positive, DS Smith will work together with more than 70 high profile companies in various industries to build a nature positive future. Leaders from the group convened at COP26 Nature Day in Glasgow to inspire more businesses to commit to nature positivity and share ideas of how this can be achieved.

Since the launch of its Now and Next sustainability strategy in September 2020, DS Smith has set and made progress across several biodiversity targets, including identifying and funding 100 different biodiversity projects globally, such as developing habitats for native animals and insects or reintroducing native plant species around their sites. The company has also committed to plant 50,000 trees (a tree for every employee) across Europe and North America in the next five years.

Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Affairs at DS Smith said:

“At DS Smith we are committed to protecting and caring for the natural environment. It takes joint effort from businesses, NGO’s, governments and others – all working together to tackle the loss of biodiversity. We are proud of the work we have done so far and are now excited to join Get Nature Positive, continuing our leadership in helping to build a more sustainable future.”

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.