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TOMORROW’S CLEANING NOVEMBER 09
Sustainability and SCA
THE ENVIRONMENT IS HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR TORK MANUFACTURER SCA. BUT IT
IS ONLY PART OF THE SUSTAINABILITY PICTURE AS SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS’ GLOBAL
ENVIRONMENT AND PRODUCT SAFETY DIRECTOR SUSAN ILIEFSKI-JANOLS EXPLAINS.
An ever-increasing number of companies in the resulting in fewer pallets and fewer lorries. At SCA our Code of Conduct steers all our
cleaning and hygiene sector are declaring their
The dispensers themselves have been
actions with regard to these areas.
environmental credentials as the “green”
designed to be long-lasting and durable so The SCA Code of Conduct is built upon our
movement gathers pace.
that customers will not need to replace them core values of respect, responsibility and
But for us at SCA, sustainability and the for many years. When the dispensers do excellence and is an integral part of the way we
environment are integral to all our operations. eventually need replacing, the fact that they are conduct our business. It sets out our pledges
In fact we began working with the environment made from recyclable plastic means they need on issues such as treating business partners
in a structured way as long ago as the 1990s. not be used as landfill. fairly and without prejudice; improving health
It was then that we first introduced Life Cycle And as for the paper refills inside, these are
and safety in the workplace and respecting
Assessment for measuring and monitoring the produced at efficiently-run mills using
fundamental human rights. SCA is a member
environmental impact of our products. This environmentally-sound pulp from verifiable
of the United Nations’ Global compact for
provides a complete picture of a product’s sources.
advanced responsible corporate citizenship.
environmental profile and of where and how
Both virgin and recycled fibres are important to
Transparency of reporting is another important
impact occurs.
the pulp and paper industry. Virgin fibres are a
part of our sustainability ethos, which is why
We look at every stage of our products’ life renewable material provided they come from
we have had a policy since the late 1990s to
cycle to assess where improvements can be sustainably-managed forests where the balance
collect environmental data from our SCA
made. For example, we consider how to secure of nature is respected. But recycled fibres
production facilities around the world and
environmentally-sound pulp and how to reduce make up around 70 per cent of the content of
publish it in our sustainability report.
energy in our production processes. our away-from-home European tissue SCA is a pioneer of the sustainability movement.
Our new Tork Elevation dispensers which were
products, and SCA is one of Europe’s leaders It is the foundation stone upon which we have
launched earlier this year are an example how
in recovered paper. built our environmental development,
we reduce environmental impact. These have Caring for the environment is an important part
management and control systems, and it is for
been designed with as little wasted space of sustainability, but there are many other
this reason that we have appeared in the Global
inside them as possible. The more compact factors to consider as well. A company that is
100 list of the world’s most sustainable
the dispenser, the less plastic packaging truly sustainable needs to manufacture
companies every year since it began.
required to pack it – which means more will fit products that are also functional and fit for www.tork.co.uk
on to a pallet and energy is reduced throughout purpose. Sustainable companies therefore
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the supply chain. need to be well-run, efficient operations
At point of use Tork Elevation dispensers are
capable of producing viable products that their
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designed to give out only one towel or sheet of
customers actually want.
paper at a time. The fact that consumption is This is why issues such as business ethics and
controlled means there is less waste and corporate social responsibility are such an
customers will require fewer packs of product important part of the true sustainable model.
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