Thriving through circularity
For IFCO, FY23 was once again a time of tangible progress against our goals; a time when we continued to empower our employees, our suppliers and our customers to advance the circularity of grocery supply chains. It is truly inspiring to see what we can achieve when we work together to deliver against shared sustainability targets.
Guided by our strategy, we have worked diligently to help customers eliminate single-use packaging and food waste from their supply chains. In fact, by making the switch to IFCO RPC’s, our customers avoided 346k tonnes of solid waste this year alone. And in recognition of our product performance, we also received Silver Cradle to Cradle® certification for our European Lift Lock RPCs. It’s results like that that have helped us achieve Sustainalytics’ coveted recognition of ESG Regional Top-Rated Company in Europe.
Receiving this sort of external recognition is incredibly rewarding, and not something we take lightly. Quite the opposite: it is the encouragement we need to continue innovating our solutions and operations for greater circularity.
Achieving our ESG goals will require a concerted effort and I am so encouraged by the collective passion I see from everyone at IFCO, every day. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each employee and each value chain partner. It is through your hard work and dedication that we will make our purpose a reality.
VP ESG & Strategic Marketing
Back in 1992, we introduced the first Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs) that operated through a pooling system. More than 30 years on, championing a circular economy model is still at the heart of what it means to be IFCO.
One crate at a time, we have established ourselves as the leading provider of reusable packaging as a service for the global fresh grocery supply chain.
We’re determined to use that scale for positive impact, helping customers redefine their supply chains to benefit business, society and the planet.
We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our own operations too, and to addressing other fundamental priorities through a comprehensive ESG program and rigorous 2025 targets.
Our ESG Strategy
Thriving in the circular economy
The statistics paint a stark picture: the world is producing twice as much plastic as two decades ago, yet only 9% is recycled successfully. The remainder is sent to landfill, incinerated or leaks into the environment.
However, there are signs the tide is turning on the global approach to plastics – fueled by shifts in consumer expectations, economic conditions and regulations. With this evolution comes a clear business case for circularity.
In the face of all this change, businesses that stick with linear production will find themselves – and their customers – falling behind. As a company founded on the principles of circularity, IFCO is optimally placed to lead a circular revolution.
By working together with our customers to make fresh supply chains more sustainable through reusable packaging solutions, we can ensure we collectively remain ahead of regulatory, economic and consumer-driven change.
Progess: Thriving Planet
Progess: Thriving Society
Progess: Thriving Business
Circular Supply Chains
Read the full ESG 2023 Report here: