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Compliace-Sustainability standards

Sustainability standards

Packaging that brings together the latest thinking in terms of sustainability with compliance against international standards

Despite the unique challenges of the pharmaceutical industry, it is possible to marry safe shipping and storage with sustainable packaging solutions.

DS Smith knows that packaging needs to adhere to stringent regulations around material traceability, goods manufacturing practices (GMPs), consistent quality, product protection, and often child-resistance.  Anti-counterfeiting is also an important issue, particularly in emerging markets, that can be addressed with the latest advances in secondary packaging.


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However, as a major player in the packaging industry, DS Smith also knows that incorporating sustainable solutions delivers a strategic advantage. Our approach to sustainability isn’t just at the material selection stage, but throughout the whole supply chain and product life cycle.

To be a success, sustainable solutions require a focus on the latest thinking in terms of technical, environmental and social relevance. Below are some examples of this put into practice.

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Forest management

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It runs a forest certification scheme to validate products have come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Since 2019, all of our sheet and box plants are Chain of Custody certified.

Cardboard recycling

DS Smith’s cardboard and paper products create sustainable value for our customers through responsible recycling, paper and packaging solutions. Our focus is on providing the right packaging for our customers, at the same time as adding value through increasing brand impact and ensuring functionality reflects the changing consumption trends that are typical of the pharmaceutical industry. 97% of paper used by DS Smith Packaging is recycled or chain of custody certified and we aim to achieve 100% certification in 2020.