DS Smith achieves ‘Platinum’ EcoVadis rating, placed in top 1% of companies globally

In our most recent EcoVadis sustainability assessment, we achieved ‘Platinum’ rating, which places us in the top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis globally

Notably, we scored 90% for our performance in sustainable procurement, with praise for our Supplier Engagement programme and FSC chain of custody certification, and 80% on environmental issues, with praise for “exceptional” reporting on environmental issues.

We placed in the top 2% in our industry overall.

Our top strengths include our work to close the loop through better design and protect natural resources, as part of our Now and Next sustainability strategy (commended by EcoVadis as the ‘systematic use of lighter items to save paper’), our commitment to sourcing 100% recycled or chain of custody certified papers, our commitment to 100% of in-scope sites maintaining ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification and packaging designed for easy dismantling and easy recyclability.

Importantly for our customers, many of whom closely follow our EcoVadis score, this shows that we are leading the way in sustainability and enabling the transition to a circular economy.

Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith

We are delighted with our improved EcoVadis rating. EcoVadis is an important rating to our customers, who use the EcoVadis platform to assess our performance as their provider of sustainable packaging solutions. As a key part of their packaging supply chain, our customers want reassurance that we can support them in achieving their own sustainable packaging goals by reducing the impact of the products they buy from us and delivering strong ESG performance with our Now and Next sustainability strategy.

— Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith

EcoVadis has grown to become the world’s largest and most trusted provider of sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 75,000 rated companies. Companies partner with EcoVadis to collaborate on sustainability with a common platform, universal scorecard, benchmarks and performance improvement tools.

EcoVadis sits alongside other reputable ESG ratings that we proactively engage with and learn from to continuously improve our performance on ESG topics, including environmental, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement issues.

Oliver Bradley, Sustainability Reporting Manager

EcoVadis sits alongside our other priority ESG ratings that we engage with to independently review our performance and reassure customers, investors and other partners that we are delivering strong ESG and sustainability performance throughout our business. There are always opportunities to improve and we value the chance to have our performance assessed, which feeds into our future plans.

— Oliver Bradley, Sustainability Reporting Manager