DS Smith designated ‘leader’ in latest Sustainability Index

This week the MSCI increased our ranking to ‘AA’ from ‘A’ in the ACWI Index; designating us as a company leading in sustainability in our industry.

By achieving this score we have outperformed our competitors within the Containers & Packaging sector, demonstrating our commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG), the circular economy and our Purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World.’

DSSmith_110919-51 (1).jpgAn MSCI ESG Rating is designed to measure a company’s resilience to long-term, industry material ESG risks.The MSCI ACWI Index takes the information in its reporting process and scores companies based on their journey through disclosure and towards sustainability leadership, grading businesses from ‘AAA’ to ’CCC’.

The Index noted our product strategy sustainability focus, and aligned with industry best practices, our proactive steps to sustainably managing our waste through new technology and innovations. This accolade gives us a competitive edge for eco-conscious consumers who are looking for sustainable packaging solutions.

“The MSCI is an important benchmark and our recent upgrade to ‘AA’ demonstrates our marked improvement across a range of critical areas of ESG, including recognition of our inherently circular business model and industry leading performance in governance. While we are demonstrating real leadership within the Containers & Packaging segment, our new Sustainability Strategy provides the foundation for continued investment and improvement in key areas including carbon reduction and water efficiency.”

- Wouter van Tol, Head of Sustainability, Community and Government Affairs

View our Sustainability Strategy, to find out more about how we are transitioning to a circular economy by partnering with customers, communities, governments and influencers to keep materials in use, design out waste and regenerate natural systems.