Tetra Pak Sustainability Efforts Pay Off

11:23:30 AM | 12/19/2019

The two notable awards in sustainability awarded in just two months of October and November 2019 by European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) and Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) recognize Tetra Pak as a pioneer in promoting sustainability in Vietnam, further affirming the company’s dedicated efforts.

Sustainability as a trend

Nguyen Thi Dinh, 35, who lives in Hanoi, has a habit of reading product packages carefully before buying. She is in favor of plant-based products and those that are friendly to the environment.

Mai Thi Hoa, 45, from Ho Chi Minh City rarely uses plastic bags from supermarkets but uses her own canvas bag instead, because she understands that it will take hundreds of years for plastic bags to completely dispose.

Tetra Pak Vietnam’s factory in Binh Duong, one of the first factories in Vietnam to achieve the globally-recognized LEED Version 4 Gold certification

These examples show that the world is moving towards sustainability, which is reflected in consumer behavior. This is also what is happening at Tetra Pak Vietnam.

In Mid 2019, the Sweden-based FDI released its sustainability report, which highlighted its strong commitment to build a low carbon, circular economy and a sustainability approach that covers the entire value chain. In Vietnam, nearly 100% of its cartons are made from FSC labelled packages.

In 2019, Tetra Pak expands the carton packaging collection campaign of School Recycling to more than 1,400 kindergartens and primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Sustainability as a priority

The Swedish giant is now pioneering initiatives to drive sustainability in the industry. As evidence, in 2019, the company inaugurated its manufacturing hub in Binh Duong that is amongst Vietnam’s first factories to apply the latest, most-demanding environmental standards set by the globally-recognized LEED certification which enables up to 36% reduction of energy, over 21 million liters of water reused a year.

Another evidence lies in the company’s and its partners’ efforts to develop initiatives to collect and recycle used cartons in Vietnam for the past twelve years. In 2019, these efforts go into a plan to expand the carton packaging collection campaign of School Recycling to more than 1,400 kindergartens and primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to instill the good habit of classifying and collecting used cartons among schoolchildren and the public.

Currently, Tetra Pak holds a network of nearly 30 drop-off stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This is the result of its active engagement with community organizations to establish and expand the chain of public drop-off stations so that consumers can bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling.

By end of November 2019, this network has added another four drop-off stations as a result of Tetra Pak’s cooperation with LOTTE Mart and NHC to launch the Carton House campaign in LOTTE Marts in Nam Sai Gon. These carton houses are made from recycled cartons and serves as a destination for consumers to bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling.

Under the driving ambition that all packaging materials put into the market by Tetra Pak will be collected for recycling by 2030, the company aligned with eleven other leading food & beverage and packaging businesses to establish Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO) to promote package collecting and recycling in Vietnam.

Thanks to Tetra Pak’s remarkable efforts, the company was honored with the Best Sustainable Business Initiatives Award and officially recognized by VBCSD under Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry as among the top 10 firms in the Manufacturing Category in the Top 100 Sustainable Businesses 2019.

Mr. Jeffrey Fielkow, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Vietnam, receives VBCSD’s Award as a Top 10 Sustainable Business in the Manufacturing Sector

In the long run, Tetra Pak is committed to reducing its operational green-house gas emissions by 42% and to have 100% of its operations supplied with renewable electricity by 2030 and a vision to deliver a package made entirely from plant-based packaging materials. Tetra Pak Vietnam is dedicated to have its part in making this vision happen. 

D.A (Vietnam Business Forum Magazine)