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Softys closes partnership to track ESG performance from its suppliers in LatAm

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Softys closes partnership to track ESG performance from its suppliers in LatAm

August 03, 2021 - 18:58
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SAO PAULO, Aug. 3, 2021 (PPI Latin America) -CMPC's tissue arm Softys announced on July 7 that 100% of its critical suppliers will make their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management transparent through supplier management platforms by 2025. This will be possible due to an agreement reached with EcoVadis, who will evaluate supplier’s environmental, social, ethical, and supply chain performance.

During the release of its 2020 sustainability report, the company announced the extension of this strategy to its supply chain, committing to enhancing diverse and inclusive supply chains with a special focus on gender and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Softys also hopes to achieve 100% FSC Chain of Custody Certification by 2025, which will allow its clients and consumers to identify brands and products that support responsible forest management, preventing increased deforestation. Those goals include the eight Latin American countries where it operates.

Recently, the company also informed that Softys Colombia is the first paper company to receive “zero waste” Certification from the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC). The company achieved the highest percentage of waste use certified as zero waste by ICONTEC in 2020, Gold Category, at its plants in Gachancipá, Cundinamarca, with a waste valuation of 99.4%, and 96.5% at the plant in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca Department, exceeding legal requirements. The valuation considers its main waste, pulp sludges.

Becoming a company with zero industrial waste to landfill happened sooner than expected and is a part of  Softy’s model for sustainable operations developed in 2020, which includes a 40% reduction in the use of water for industrial processes by 2025 and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. “This acknowledgment not only allows us to maintain our balance with the local environment, but it also gives back to our planet,” Softys Colombia CEO Andrés Ortega stated.