Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 56
techlink | SUSTAINABILITY
In a dictionary, the word "sustainability" includes two definitions: the ability
to be maintained at a steady rate, and the
conservation of natural resources for ecological balance. There is perhaps no arena where
these two ideas overlap more than they do
in tissue production. The tissue industry is
global in scale, resource intensive, consumeroriented, and high volume-all areas where,
no matter how it is defined, "sustainability"
is of paramount importance.
For Sofidel, one of Europe's largest tissue
companies, the idea of sustainability includes
long-term social and environmental advantages. Sofidel is the first Italian manufacturer-and the world's first from the tissue
sector-to join the WWF Climate Savers project, aimed at market-leading businesses with
regard to the low-carbon economy, which sets
particularly ambitious objectives.
Founded in 1966, the Sofidel Group is
headquartered in Porcari, in the Italian
province of Lucca. The company has more
than 5,500 employees and a presence in 13
countries around the world. With annual production capacity topping one million metric
tons, the group holds second place in Europe
and sixth place worldwide in the tissue sector.
As part of its sustainable approach, the
company measures its own growth not only
by usual business parameters (such as margins, volume, and geographic coverage), but
also by considering social return for the community. By 2020, Sofidel hopes to:
* Reduce its direct emissions of CO2 by 23
percent per metric ton of paper produced
(from 2009 levels).
* Limit indirect emissions of CO2, caused
by third parties within the value chain,
by 13 percent per ton of paper produced
(compared to 2010 levels).
* Reach 8 percent of energy from renewable
sources on the quantity of fuel consumed
To date, Sofidel has reduced its direct
emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by
19.1 percent (reduction in carbon intensity,
2009 - 2016), thanks to investments in energy
efficiency, the use of cogeneration
plants, and the use of renewable energy
sources. The group has also limited use
of water in its production facilities well
below the industry average, and sources
100 percent of its pulp from certified
and managed sources (FSC, PEFC, SFI).
Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel
Group, believes it is not enough to simply meet the company's own sustainability
goals. "Promoting sustainable and responsible growth also means, within our vision,
raising awareness and promoting involvement of our partners so we can do more and
do it better," Lazzareschi says.
To that end, Sofidel created its Suppliers
Sustainability Award (3Saward), which is
supported by the Italian Ministry for the
Environment and Protection of Land and Sea.
Suppliers with notable projects associated
with environmental and social sustainability
were honored in November, 2017, in London.
Nearly 400 suppliers from Europe and North
America took part.
The award is based on the "TenP -
Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment
Platform" created and promoted by the
Global Compact Network Italia (GCNI)
Foundation, of which the Sofidel Group is
a founding member. Built on the UN Global
Compact's Ten Principles, the platform takes
into account human rights, working conditions, the environment, and the fight against
corruption, with the aim of identifying common challenges and solutions to improve supply chain sustainability.
Sofidel's 3Saward was held in collaboration with partner companies Elettric
80, Fabio Perini, Södra, Henkel, A.Celli,
Kemira, Industria Cartaria Pieretti, Pulsar,
Fondazione Ecosistemi, Touchware, and
Tissue World Magazine. The three categories, and the 2017 winners, are:
* Best Supplier - the company that
has achieved the highest score on the
Sofidel 3Saward guest speaker Dame Ellen
MacArthur. She founded the Ellen MacArthur
Foundation, a charity that works with business to
accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Pulp Producers: Suzano Pulp and
Procurement & Purchasing: Valmet
Logistics Services: Kuehne + Nagel
Marketing & Sales: Vizeum
Deutschland GmbH (2nd year)
* Best Improver - the company that has
obtained the best improvement in its
results by setting up new environmental
and social sustainability procedures:
Pulp Producers: Zellstoff- und
Papierfabrik Rosenthal GmbH
Procurement & Purchasing: Windsor
Engineering (Hull) Limited
Logistics Services: LKW
* Best Sustainable Project - the company that has implemented a particularly
important environmental and social sustainability initiative (two winners in each
Large Enterprises: Fibria
International Trade GmbH; Skymark
Packaging International Ltd.
Medium/Small Enterprises: Dasara
Trasporti S.p.A.; Groupe SGP
"We're convinced that building a sustainable future involves a widespread, common
commitment, and a need to assume, each
within their area and according to their
role, new and broader responsibilities,"