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12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Reduce paper waste through reduced packaging and improve overall packaging efficiencies




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


Category Assessment



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(1) Encourage manufacturers to package their products in an easy-to-open package solution, by ensuring the use of recyclable materials only for packaging.
(2) Amazon, one of the industry top users of industrial paper and packaging, developed the frustration-free packaging (FFP) program. their packaging is designed without plastic clamshells, wire ties, and other redundant packaging features, so it’s super easy to open and 100% recyclable. Cross-check with your current suppliers to identify whether a similar program can be integrated. If not, consider some form of program adoption to ensure paper waste reduction


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Reduce the paper usage and associate your company (brand) with third party organizations and suppliers who are aligned with your business values.

Industry paper usage is in the scope of utilizing materials from recycled options to ensure usage reduction - this is essential to environmental conservation and reducing carbon emissions through the reduction in industrial paper use.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Establish goals and targets that you see fit for your company and the potential commercial benefits associated with a sustainable initiative
(2) After establishing these targets, determine what degree of transition is appropriate (if a high-grade paper is necessary for the function of the company, consider smaller-scale innovations than the 100% recycled materials)
(3)Align with paper/ paper packaging suppliers about this initiative and determine the level of transition they are willing to make to help the initiative.
(4) Align employees with the sustainability initiative and its benefits to get them on board with the potential sacrifice in quality that comes with the use of recycled paper.
(5) Procure the sustainable alternatives that you settle on with suppliers.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Negotiate with suppliers on value-added elements including shipping and handling, installation, disposal of end-of-life supplies.
(2) Establish supplier performance measures which would be tracked (e.g. packaging waste disposal, use of reusable paper for packaging and reuse of the used materials etc.)

Supplier Performance & Management

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Re-evaluate the established targets on an annual basis; discuss new technologies in terms of sustainable paper materials and the potential for the procurement of these products.
Perform annual Supplier Relationship Review and are required for sustainability reporting in annual reviews. Maintain records of turnaround time, takeback program profit and loss reporting, purchasing, and warehousing cost, average inventory level, and inventory variations.
Perform an internal review after certificates have been obtained. Evaluate the commercial impact of procuring paper products from ethical suppliers, include an assessment on environmental impact; compare to historical data to track progress

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