of thriving circularity

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Report Introduction

As we celebrate our 30-year anniversary, it is rewarding to see that the same environmentally conscious mindset that drove our founders to find a more sustainable solution to fresh produce packaging has only grown – and continues to be the main driver of our business.

During FY22, we have been able to take our sustainable solution to over 30 countries: delivering close to 2 billion RPCs that replace single-use packaging. Thanks to the passion and drive of our employees, we have been able to provide sustainability benefits to our customers at a scale that was unthinkable 30 years ago.

I am extremely grateful to every IFCO employee and to our partners for embracing our ESG program and contributing to the advancement of our 2025 goals.


Inigo Canalejo
Vice President ESG

Inigo Canalejo

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Who we are

Business, for good. It’s been at the heart of our company and in the soul of our people since the very beginning, when IFCO started our Reusable Packaging Container (RPC) pooling system way back in 1992. Daring to dream differently, we knew there was a better way to deliver fresh food.

Fast-forward to 2022: celebrating 30 years of redefining the fresh grocery supply chain with the largest network of any other RPC company and empowering thousands of growers, producers and retailers to be more sustainable.

Today, we are the world’s leading supplier of RPCs, setting the gold standard for packaging as a service. And as a leader, we believe that with constant innovation, limitless empathy and partnerships rooted in trust, we can achieve great things. Disrupt the status quo. Reimagine old ways of thinking. Change the world even. One crate at a time.

customers in
50+
countries of operation
87m+
RPC production capacity
2bn
annual shipments
370m
RPCs in circulation
~1,660
employees
114
Service Center

Our ESG Strategy

Thriving in the circular economy

The sustainability spotlight is on business more than ever before. Consumers, investors, and partners across our value chain are sharpening their focus on ESG performance.

As the leader in our industry, we are going beyond business as usual. Through our Thriving in a Circular Economy strategy, we’ve set bold goals that foster the environmental benefits of our business model and address the issues that matter most to our business, stakeholders, employees and communities.

It’s how we’re carving a sustainable, resilient and profitable path – with our head in the clouds, and feet on the ground – and contributing to a thriving world.

FY22 progress

Thriving Planet

Our ambition is to protect and regenerate natural resources by going beyond our circular economy model.

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Thriving Society

Our ambition is to be a force for good for our people, our partners and our communities.

See progress

Thriving Business

Our ambition is to transform fresh grocery supply chains for a resilient future through circularity, innovation and best-in-class governance.

See progress

Progess: Thriving Planet

Circular Supply Chains

  • Increased environmental savings delivered to customers by 4%

Governance

  • Received Sustainalytics low ESG rating of 11.2, which is TOP 3 globally within our sub-industry
  • Received Circulytics excellent score of A- which reinforces the circularity of our business model

Customer Innovation

  • Launched new innovations to further reduce environmental impacts such as Gregg the dairy and egg RPC, and testing the new IFCO flower bucket

Progess: Thriving Society

Climate change

  • IFCO has committed to Science Based Targets (SBTs)
  • Increased the use of renewable electricity at IFCO sites by 75%

Water

  • Reduced the amount of fresh water used per RPC by 2.5% and piloted a ground-breaking water reclamation technology

Materials

  • Increased the closed-loop recycled content of the RPCs produced in FY22 to 27%
  • Decreased the amount of waste sent to landfill at all sites by 28%

Progess: Thriving Business

Our people

  • Maintained employee satisfaction score above the industry global benchmark
  • Successfully launched our first ever ESG and Innovation weeks

Our partners

  • All of our key strategic partners have implemented ESG initiatives with tangible progress

Our society

  • Became the official RPC partner of Food Banks in Europe (FEBA)

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