Today, SIG announces it is the first in the beverage carton industry to become a member of AIM-Progress, a global forum of leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains.
“Sourcing responsibly is central to our Way Beyond Good ambition to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet,” said Samuel Sigrist, SIG CEO. “By joining AIM-Progress, we are opening up new opportunities to build strong partnerships with customers. Together, we will lead the way in ensuring respect for human rights and driving positive impacts through the value chain.”
Collaborating for positive impact
Responsible sourcing has been a key pillar of SIG’s net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment since the outset. This commitment is closely aligned with AIM-Progress’ focus on collaborating for positive impact through responsible sourcing, making membership a natural fit.
The goal of AIM-Progress is to positively impact people’s lives and ensure respect for human rights, while delivering value to its members and their supply chains. A priority is to build members’ and suppliers’ capability to adopt and implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
As the first beverage carton provider to join the organisation, SIG has an excellent opportunity to build strong partnerships with other members. The aim is to work together to co-create solutions and share best practices that can positively impact people’s lives and ensure human rights are respected through the supply chain.
David Spitzley, Responsible Workplace Senior Manager, Mars and Co-Chair of AIM-Progress: “As Co-Chair of AIM-Progress, I’m delighted that SIG are joining their peers and fellow brands as part of the AIM-Progress group. Our collective ambition to improve peoples’ lives in our shared supply chains is strengthened by working more closely with leaders in industries such as packaging. We look forward to welcoming them in; sharing best-practice with them; and benefiting from their experience with their value chain as well.”
Helping customers meet demand for responsible sourcing
FMCG brands are seeing increasing demand from consumers, investors and other stakeholders to demonstrate that they meet high ethical, environmental, labour and human rights standards – not only in their own operations, but throughout their products’ supply chain.
SIG’s solutions enable customers to clearly demonstrate that their packaging comes from responsible sources. The company has led the industry in the development and adoption of certifications for responsible sourcing for over a decade.
SIG is the only aseptic carton provider to offer packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced – FSCTM-certified liquid packaging board, ASI-certified aluminium foil and ISCC PLUS-certified polymers. All three of these certifications include stringent requirements on human rights as well as other social and environmental criteria. SIG has also made a strong commitment to human rights in its business and supply chain as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.
Joining AIM-Progress will support SIG on its journey Way Beyond Good and in delivering value as it partners with customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way.