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Monday, 19 February 2018
Environment - our commitment

Our commitment to sustainable development

  • Sourcing

As part of its pulp procurement policy, Arjowiggins Group gives priority to well managed forests. Arjowiggins Group then supports forest certification and sources the fibres from selected pulp producers under long term contracts. Wherever possible, we purchase FSC Certified Products (either Mixed Source or Recycled materials).

Where FSC Certified products are not available in sufficient quantities, Arjowiggins Group follows the FSC Controlled Wood Standard and avoids sourcing Wood Pulp produced from wood originating from any of the following controversial categories : 
a) illegally harvested wood; 
b) wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights; 
c) wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities; 
d) wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use; 
e) wood harvested in forests in which genetically modified tress are planted. 

Arjowiggins Group then commits to source Wood Pulp  from pulp producers suppliers which 
b) have been assessed by an FSC-accredited certification body for conformity with FSC Chain of Custody and FSC Controlled Wood requirements to demonstrate that materials sourced and/or sold as controlled are authentic and any associated claims are truthful and correct, OR 
a) have been identified and, where necessary, inspected by the company for avoidance of the unacceptable sources listed above, based on a company-own risk assessment and verification programme.

  • Certification

- ISO 14001 across all production sites (except China & Greenfield)
- FSC for production sites and a large portion of the product range

  • Preservation of natural resources
    Arjowiggins has set up action plans aimed at reducing water consumption, optimising the treatment of effluent, and introducing recycling processes in order to cut consumption of raw materials and energy.
    Arjowiggins is developing and implementing enzymatic refining in order to reduce energy consumption.
    The company also uses biotechnology procedures, particularly in water treatment.
    The implementation of a water management policy has reduced water consumption by 30% over the last five years.

  • Reducing carbon emissions
    In order to preserve the planet's natural resources, Arjowiggins has adopted a long-term policy of reducing CO2 emissions resulting from its activities.

- Developing environmentally responsible transport: optimising delivery routes, environmentally friendly driving etc.

- Improving energy efficiency in production plants: A large-scale programme has been developed to improve energy efficiency across Arjowiggins mills. The electricity used to manufacture one ton of paper has reduced by 20% in five years; the consumption of fossil fuels (natural gas, steam, fuel, coal) has also dropped by 12%. These achievements are the result of ongoing investment in renewable energies such as bio fuel.

- Air quality: A system has been introduced at several production sites whereby flue gases are collected and condensed. This means that less waste is released into the atmosphere and fewer fossil fuels are consumed.

- Reducing the carbon footprint: At all Arjowiggins production sites, greenhouse gas emissions are assessed by recognised independent organisations.
Arjowiggins provides customers with an "environmental declaration" for each product range.

  • Compliance with the European REACH regulation
    Arjowiggins complies with the REACH regulation, which aims to offer enhanced protection of human health and the environment.
    As a result, Arjowiggins does not use any "substances of very high concern" (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic).
  • Waste management
    Most of Arjowiggins' packaging materials can be recycled or incinerated to produce energy.