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Sustainable Converting Innovation award for Sustainable Procurement Program


Sustainability award for Avery Dennison’s Sustainable Procurement Program, which assesses, monitors, and encourages the improvement of the social and environmental practices of Avery Dennison supplier partners worldwide. “Avery Dennison is honored to be recognised with EcoVadis for our effort


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to make our global supply chain more sustainable,” says Robyn Buma, vice president of global procurement for Avery Dennison’s Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials businesses. “We know our supply chain affects the wider world, and we are proud to have developed a sustainability program that aligns this with our scale and complexity and encourages our suppliers to implement best practices.” Launched in 2016, Avery Dennison’s Sustainable Procurement Program uses sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for the company’s suppliers. Each year, Avery Dennison and EcoVadis review suppliers representing more than 80 per cent of Avery Dennison’s direct spend on materials. EcoVadis assesses and rates each supplier’s environmental, ethics, labour, and supply chain practices. Detailed scorecards are then made available to Avery Dennison’s procurement team, helping to track individual supplier’s results and improvement paths.


Personal care and beauty packaging is ripe for environmental makeover, says Sagentia


into manufacturing products in an ethical and sustainable way. Science Group companies Sagentia and


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Leatherhead Food Research commissioned the online quantitative study to shed light on complex consumer trends in the sector. The sentiment was shared by men and women and was consistent across all age


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survey of 2,029 British adults shows 79 per cent believe personal care and beauty brands should put more effort


groups. However, female respondents felt significantly more strongly about the issue than men, with 85 per cent versus 73 per cent saying more effort should be made. When asked about which factors are


important to them when making purchase decisions, ‘ethics and sustainability’ (34 per cent) was on par with ‘natural ingredients’ (30 per cent) and ‘sensory characteristics’ (31 per cent). A third of 18-24 year olds (33 per cent), and 24 per cent of all respondents,


said they’d like the opportunity to personalise the way packaging is sourced, for instance to improve environmental credentials. This compared to just 5 per cent expressing an interest in personalising the appearance of packaging. Matt Herd, commercial section manager at Sagentia, says there was an expectation that some respondents would care about ethics and sustainability. However, the high majority wanting more to be done shows that the current public discussion on climate change could be having an impact. “Our findings indicate that people expect personal care and beauty brands to take practical steps to improve their sustainability credentials,” Herd explains. “Packaging is a good place to start. It’s a very visible part of the product, so efforts to reduce or change the materials used will quickly be noticed by consumers. While many of the sector’s leading players have published sustainability reports and objectives, they are quite corporate in their outlook. Consumers want to see deeds not words, and evolving product packaging with environmental issues in mind is a very tangible way to demonstrate commitment.” Sagentia is a product and technology development consultancy which works with personal care and beauty brands. Sister company Leatherhead operates predominantly in the food and beverage sector, but also specialises in consumer insight for wider sectors, such as personal care and beauty.


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very Dennison was named winner of the 2019 Future of Sourcing Awards during the Sourcing Industry Group’s Global Executive Summit. EcoVadis and Avery Dennison received the Innovations in


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