APCO: Supporting industry progress

Working towards packaging sustainability is a journey that is different for every organisation. For some, it begins with legislative compliance. For others, it is a commitment to a strategic approach to sustainable management and performance that delivers organisational and financial gains.

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) Sustainability Pyramid is a framework that captures variations in the levels of development in commitment, structure and performance.

The APCO has helped a large number of its members progress through the four stages of the pyramid (denial, compliance, efficiency and strategic), and has provided tools to measure members’ continual improvement along their packaging sustainability journey.

This includes the new Packaging Sustainability Framework and Annual Reporting Tool for APCO Members.

Launched in November 2017, it shifts the focus from compliance to business sustainability and shared values.

An updated set of criteria for reporting provides members with multiple pathways to packaging sustainability that recognise the need for a flexible and holistic approach. The framework takes a whole-of-lifecycle approach, with a view to optimise resource use and encourage design for recovery for all members. It enables continuous improvement in sustainability processes and outcomes, while acknowledging the different levels of knowledge, capacity and progress within individual organisations.

This presentation will outline:

  • The unique APCO shared responsibility model and value proposition.
  • The Sustainability Pyramid and its levels of management and performance.
  • The research that was undertaken to design the Packaging Sustainability Framework, based on global standards and best practices.
  • How the APCO supports members’ individual and collective progress and development through a thought leadership, knowledge sharing and recognition programs.

This presentation will feature at this year’s Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference and Waste2018 conference at Coffs Harbour. Details below: