Performance and data

Commitment to transparent reporting

We continue to increase the comprehensiveness of the non-financial disclosures we make. Statutory data remains in both Annual Report 2020 and Sustainability Report 2020. Stakeholders who require a greater level of quantitative detail about the performance of DS Smith during January to December 2019 can download our Sustainability Databook 2020.

Verification statement from Bureau Veritas UK

Bureau Veritas UK Limited (‘Bureau Veritas’) has been engaged by DS Smith Plc (‘DS Smith’) to provide independent verification of the environmental performance indicators presented on page 34 of its Annual Report & Accounts 2020 for calendar year 2019 (the ‘Report’). This Assurance Statement applies to the related information included within the scope of work described below.

The scope of our work was limited to assurance over the following information included within the Report for the period 1st January to 31st December 2019 (the ‘Selected Information’): total energy consumption; total energy exported; Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; raw material usage; water consumption; total water effluent; landfill waste; discharge to air and water; and total production.

On the basis of our methodology and the activities described above for the agreed scope, nothing has come to our attention to indicate that the Selected Information as stated below and in the Report are not fairly stated in all material respects.

Bureau Veritas UK Ltd, 10 June 2020

The full verification statement, including the methodology, limitations and exclusions can be found below.