A year of supporting local communities
We are proud to announce that we have achieved our annual 2020/21 community engagement target in our Now and Next sustainability strategy; all sites with 50 or more employees to complete a community activity or project each year.
Equipping people to lead the transition to a circular economy
We’re focused on championing the transition to a circular economy, within our industry and beyond. But we cannot build a sustainable future alone. We’re using our expertise to engage 100% of our employees on the circular economy by 2025 and 5 million people on the circular economy and circular lifestyles by 2030.
We operate across hundreds of sites across the world and we have the responsibility to serve and support the communities we operate in. Every DS Smith employee, site, and division has a vital role to play in delivering upon our commitments outlined in the Now and Next Sustainability Strategy. That’s why, through our Strategic Partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we have been focusing on embedding circular economy engagement and training materials into existing development programmes across our business.
A total of 166 DS Smith sites engaged with their communities as of 31 April 2021, with activities occurring almost every other day somewhere at our sites in the last financial year.
How we achieved this target
We delivered 71 Covid-19 related community projects that engaged customers, local policymakers and won hearts and minds.
We manufactured and donated 10,000 multipurpose bedside tables made from corrugated cardboard to IFEMA field hospital in Madrid to help during Covid-19.
We donated 7000 e-commerce packages for disinfectants so they could be safely delivered to those who needed them.
We manufactured over 100,000 plane and helicopter toy models, partnering with Carrefour supermarket to distribute them to children confined to their homes during their school holidays.
We donated 75,000 boxes to SalutetheNHS.org's campaign to help ship personal care packs to frontline NHS staff.
We made a charitable donation of benches made from recycled plastic to the temporary hospital in Bridgend, Wales.
Education is a key part of our community programme and charitable giving. We worked on multiple educational initiatives and created a circular economy lesson plan for use in schools and on digital platforms across the world.
We worked with the Pais Dezső Elementary School to build a new eco-classroom with a rainwater collection system, solar panels, organic garden and compost - creating a space for inspiring education and stimulating eco-consciousness.
We developed a circular economy educational package for nearly 200,000 Dutch schoolchildren every year. It included a digital tour of our sites, presented by Anne Appelo, known for presenting on Dutch television.
We designed and delivered an educational programme to over 200 children aged 6 -10; teaching them about sustainability and the circular economy.