Smurfit Kappa partners with Plastic Soup Foundation to address sustainable packaging
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The Dublin-based packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has partnered with the Amsterdam-headquartered group, Plastic Soup Foundation.
The Plastic Soup Foundation’s name refers to plastic pollution in oceans. The organisation’s mission aligns with Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging initiative.
Smurfit Kappa recently held the ‘Changing the future of packaging’ event, organised by the Plastic Soup Foundation.
“We have long been familiar with Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability credentials but were even more interested in working with them when we read about how much they are doing to create paper-based alternatives for plastic,” stated Harmen Spek, Innovations and Solutions Manager of The Plastic Soup Foundation.
“An integral part of our Better Planet Packaging initiative is to collaborate with new partners like the Plastic Soup Foundation to inspire innovative new ideas and encourage change,” noted Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe.
“The challenge of ocean pollution is something that can only be solved with open dialogue between multiple stakeholders.”
“We were happy to facilitate last week’s event in our Global Experience Centre to drive awareness and sow the seeds for change.”
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."