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Paper mills achieve highest sustainability rating

Both of Iggesund Paperboard’s paper mills have received Gold Standard recognition - the highest rating for sustainability.

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Johan Granås, head of sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard

The recognition places Iggesund Paperboard among the top 1% of all companies assessed by rating firm EcoVadis, and the top 2% in the paper industry. The rating has been awarded to its mills in Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England.

Iggesund Paperboard has always had a focus on environment, and the firm’s head of sustainability Johan Granås explains that over the years, the firm has witnessed a shift in issues from being purely environmental to now encompassing the entire field of sustainability.

Because of this, the topic of sustainability has not only been a key focus of the company but has also been included in discussions about possible investments.

“It’s easy to point to business deals where our sustainability position was a decisive factor, and the importance of these issues will only increase in the future,” Granås says.

This is not the first time Iggesund Paperboard has received recognition for its sustainable efforts. Over the last ten years, the Holmen Group – the firm’s parent company – has appeared on indexes of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies, drawn up by both the UN’s Global Compact and the Corporate Knights.

We believe that our customers, the brand owners and we ourselves are all winners in this trend towards greater openness

The group has also been named by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a leader in the work against climate change.

As well as its environmental operations, the use of the products it produces is also contributing to sustainability. The firm’s paperboard has a low environmental impact and if used to replace plastic packaging, can contribute to even more positive climate effects.

Granås says: “When this type of material replacement is added to the equation, companies can achieve a dramatic reduction of their climate impact by using our material.

“These effects are not included in the EcoVadis assessments, but they are also an important part of the battle against the greenhouse effect.”

Commenting on achieving the Gold Standard across both paper mills, Granås adds: “We believe that our customers, the brand owners and we ourselves are all winners in this trend towards greater openness. And of course, it’s very gratifying to see that we’ve already ranked so highly today.”

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