Sustainable packaging leader DS Smith has been awarded the prestigious ‘Platinum’ rating by EcoVadis for its performance as a responsible and sustainable business – up from a ‘gold’ rating last year. The recognition places DS Smith in the top 1% of the 75,000 best-rated companies assessed by EcoVadis globally and in the top 2% of its industry overall.

The company scored 90% for its performance in sustainable procurement with praise for its supplier engagement program and FSC chain of custody certification and 80% on environmental issues, with commendations for its “exceptional” reporting.

It was also praised for its:

  • Work to close the loop through better design and to protect natural resources as part of its Now and Next sustainability strategy
  • Commitment to sourcing 100% recycled or chain of custody certified papers
  • Commitment to 100% of in-scope sites maintaining ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification

EcoVadis is one of the world’s most trusted provider of sustainability ratings. Companies partner with EcoVadis to strive toward a more sustainable economy with a common platform, universal scorecard, benchmarks and performance improvement tools.

“Following our recent FSC and ISO 50001 certifications in North America, we’re thrilled that we’ve achieved a platinum rating from EcoVadis, knowing that our customers rely on the platform to assess our performance as their provider of sustainable packaging solutions,” said Keith Ledbetter, managing director and chief financial officer for DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper.

Oliver Bradley, sustainability reporting manager at DS Smith, said, “EcoVadis sits alongside our other priority ESG ratings that we engage with to independently review our performance and reassure customers, investors and other partners that we are delivering strong ESG and sustainability performance throughout our business. There are always opportunities to improve and we value the chance to have our performance assessed.”

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