WWF Report Cites SCA as Fore-Runner Within Sustainable Sourcing

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WWF Report Cites SCA as Fore-Runner Within Sustainable Sourcing

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:50am

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July 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - A new report from WWF International highlights SCA as a good example within sustainable sourcing and sustainability information. According to the report, unlike SCA, the vast majority of leading consumer goods companies and retailers have not taken “meaningful” actions to source sustainably produced commodities.

"We are happy  to be acknowledged for our ambitious work with sustainable sourcing, which today is becoming a crucial competitive edge – both when it comes to our customers for choosing our products but also from our quality and sustainable conscious suppliers”, says Carl Magnus Stensson, Vice President Sourcing at SCA.

In its “Slow Road to Sustainability” report, WWF assessed the Consumer Goods Forum* member companies according to actual commitments and progress on sourcing soft commodities, such as palm oil, paper, soy, sugarcane and farmed fish based on WWF-approved standards.    

22 of 256 consumer good companies source sustainably

WWF International claimed that only 22 of 256 leading consumer goods companies and retailers have taken constructive action to source sustainably produced “soft” commodities derived from forestry, farming and fisheries, despite making such commitments.

WWF particularly cited concerns that unsustainable production of such commodities potentially contributes to overfishing, water scarcity, deforestation and climate change. It also highlighted a “lack of transparency,” claiming that only 42% of the companies publish sustainability information in their annual report or in a separate sustainability report.

In addition to SCA, companies cited as front-runners included: Grupo Bimbo, General Mills, Marks & Spencer, Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Sofidel, Colgate-Palmolive, SC Johnson, Nike, Unilever, Coop Switzerland, Kao Corporation, PepsiCo, Waitrose, Danone, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Ferrero, L’Oreal and Royal Ahold.

“It is great to see that the good work of SCA and our commitment towards a sustainable and responsible partner is recognized by WWF. SCA has a good relationship and dialogue with WWF on these and other matters”, says Anna Brodowsky, Vice President Public Affairs at SCA. 

Read more on WWF’s web site.

*The report was released ahead of the Consumer Goods Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa, June 15-17.