PROGRESS REPORT

Responsible Supply Chain

Facilities certifications are one of the important factors in our partner selection process. Our partner production facilities are certified to internationally recognised food safety standards. The majority of our products are manufactured by ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Standard) certified facilities – and the rest are in the process of applying for certification. We have been working with most of our manufacturing partners for over 10 years and constantly help each other to improve on quality and innovation. We regularly conduct on-site audits to ensure our stringent requirements are met and strengthen our business relationships.

Lea Maguero

Head of Sustainability

ISO 14001 Environmental

ISO14001 Environmental Certification for 80% of our manufacturing facilities.

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FSC™/PEFC™
Chain-of-Custody

All fibre products are certified to FSC™ or PEFC™ standards.

(FSC™ C110879 – www.fsc.org)

Social Responsibility Certification

Ethical audits such as (SMETA or BSCI) for all manufacturing partners.

Food Safety Accreditation

All manufacturing partners to comply with local and international food safety regulations.

Our Progress

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100% of our production facilities are certified food safe.

This year, BioPak UK have achieved BRC certification which is a Global Standard that proves your level of competence in HACPP, hygiene, food safety and quality systems.

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We regularly conduct third-party ethical audits (SMETA and BSCI) or our own audits.

We already support local manufacture for our BioBoard range in the United Kingdom. This year we have started manufacturing our new 2 & 4 cup carrier tray and all our corrugated BioBoard Boxes in Australia, using recycled materials that will be PEFC™ certified and we plan to increase our local manufacturing footprint further.

This is an area of significant improvement for us this year with the expansion of our team, business and experience. Our next steps will be to leverage our expanded team to improve our supply chain transparency, focusing on wood, paper provenance (country, area, species) and tier two suppliers.

Our industry advocacy is aimed at defining best practices and advising policymakers on compostable packaging and end-of-life.

Australia

In Australia, we are members of a number of industry bodies, such as the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) and the Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO). This year we’re in two APCO working groups: National Packaging Targets Implementation Working Group (Richard Fine) and the PFAS Action Plan Working Group (Richard Fine).

New Zealand

In New Zealand we are members of WasteMinz and part of The Packaging Forum’s PFAS Technical Advisory Group (Richard Fine) and their Compostable Packaging Advisory Group (Richard Fine).

Singapore

In Singapore we are working closely with the NEA, the National Environment Agency, to help educate the public about the issues with plastic use and the more sustainable alternatives.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, we are members of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA).

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To mitigate supply chain challenges and address capacity considerations, we’ve had to grow our supply chain considerably last year. As a result, we are now working with several manufacturers that are not certified yet, but are in the process of obtaining certification.

This transition has started but has been significantly delayed because of the current supply chain disruptions and the global shortages of certified paper.

Responsible Supply Chain Highlights

Made in Australia

This year we have started manufacturing our new 2 & 4 cup carrier trays and all our corrugated BioBoard Box in Australia from 100% recycled paperboard. When purchasing locally made products, you are supporting the economy at every level – creating jobs, strengthening local industries and supporting local communities. And as the pandemic highlighted, higher importance must be placed on local manufacturing to ensure we can sustain ourselves in the case of future supply chain disruptions and shortages.

Locally made products also have a lower carbon footprint as they spend less time in transit using fewer fossil fuels and less carbon is released into the atmosphere over the products’ lifecycle.

Meet the Sustainability and Quality Team

Growing our Sustainability and Quality Team is an area of significant improvement for us this year with the expansion of our team, business and experience including promoting Sam Walker from our UK team to Technical Director, hiring Toong Tsang as our Senior Quality Assurance Manager and Celine Garcia as our Sustainability Officer, both based in our Australian office.

Beware of Greenwashing

Why Certifications Matter

Certifications demonstrate a company’s commitment to quality, safety and sustainability. It affirms that a company’s claims regarding the products, processes and social impacts have passed specific performance, sustainability and quality assurance tests. Where claims to environmental impact are backed up by regulated, robust standards, it can help consumers and business owners alike to shop (and sell) responsibly.

The Ad Standards Industry Jury recently found a paper cups manufacturer’s claims that its disposable coffee cups were plastic-free, fully recyclable and compostable were in breach of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Code of Ethics. An article published on Ad Standards’ website stated: “The case serves as an important reminder to advertisers they must hold sound documentary evidence to support claims consumers are likely to regard as objective and are capable of objective substantiation, before publishing their advertising or marketing communication.”

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