What sustainability means to kp

At Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), we believe in the sustainable protection of everyday needs. It’s why we do what we do; it’s why we exist.

Our purpose is to be the leader in sustainable rigid and flexible plastic solutions that improve lives, communities and health, while protecting the planet.

We can achieve this by delivering food and consumer products safely to meet the needs of a modern-day society, while optimising the use of scarce resources.

We will ensure our products protect and help reduce food waste and provide affordable hygiene and protection in today’s complex supply chains, while operating a sustainable business for generations to come. This underpins our growth, builds upon our heritage and defines our culture.

Our sustainability strategy focuses on three areas:

  • Our people and communities
    We support our people and communities by promoting diversity, employee health, safety and well-being, and engaging with the communities where we operate.

  • Our operations
    We innovate within our operations to reduce our environmental impact and to ensure sustainability throughout our value chain.

  • Our products
    We innovate and simplify our products to make sure they’re designed for circularity and recyclability while remaining fit for purpose.
Plastic has been solving countless societal and environmental issues, and transforming lives around the world, for generations. It was launched as a miraculous material – and it still is!

Endlessly recyclable, plastic cuts food waste, saves lives and protects a multitude of everyday products. In fact, this incredible solution only becomes a problem when we don’t dispose of it properly. That’s why at kp we don’t view plastic litter as waste – for us it is an incredibly valuable raw material to be used again and again.
Globally in 2018, kp used 120,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled PET

Our four-point plan for a future with less waste – Positive Plastics Pledge

We have a huge responsibility to design products and packaging to achieve closed-loop solutions. We aim to use the highest amount of recycled material, maximise the use of sustainable materials, design for recyclability and sustainability, engage with consumers to handle plastics responsibly, and partner with our key stakeholders across the value chain to collectively drive change at scale - that is to create the much-needed social shift towards a circular economy.

The world of plastics is changing at an unprecedented rate. We are determined to make that world sustainable for society and for our environment. Our Positive Plastics Pledge is our four-point plan designed to put circular thinking into action.

Read more about our Positive Plastics Pledge

Working towards a circular plastics economy

Endlessly recyclable, we believe that, with the right infrastructure, plastic waste will be a thing of the past and will become a source of its own raw material.
Watch the videos to follow the lifecycle of our 100% rPET Elite™ meat trays and strawberry punnets and help us create a circular economy for plastic by recycling your packaging when you’re done with it!

Contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched by the United Nations in 2015 with ambitious targets to address major global issues – from ending poverty to tackling climate change.

Not every company or organisation can be expected to influence all 17 goals. However, here at kp we have identified the 12 key areas where we believe our people, our expertise and our sustainable portfolio of products can have the greatest impact – by preventing food waste, delivering medication and protecting the integrity of countless products.

SDG 1: No poverty

Improve access to basic goods and services for people living in poverty.

SDG 2: Zero hunger

Fight hunger, improve food security, safety and protection, and reduce food waste with innovative approaches to food packaging design.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Support healthy lives and promote well-being through the provisions of pharmaceutical and medical devices.

SDG 4: Quality education

Offer internships and traineeships that give students earlier access to a corporate environment, while also providing existing employees with continuous opportunities to improve their skills and advance their careers.

SDG 5: Gender equality

Support gender equality through equal renumeration and opportunity for women and men.
 
Zero tolerance of workplace violence and harassment. 

Provision of childcare services and benefits.

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Offer apprenticeships and foster an entrepreneurial culture.

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Continue to invest in new, resilient infrastructure in developing countries and/or retrofit existing infrastructure to make it more sustainable.

Promote innovation by giving all our stakeholders the opportunity to develop creative solutions to sustainability challenges.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Use innovation to ensure products and applications address sustainability megatrends. Champion energy efficiency in production.

Reduce manufacturing impacts by substituting virgin materials for recycled, promoting waste reduction and re-using plastic wherever possible.

SDG 13: Climate action

Increase investment in innovation and environmental measures to help improve our manufacturing efficiency and reduce both our own and our customers’ carbon footprint.

SDG 14: Life below water

Improve the design of our products to reduce the amount of waste potentially entering the environment, raising consumer awareness about the effective disposal of waste.

Improve resource efficiency by generating value from waste. 

Utilise a value chain approach that creates connections between the design, packaging, marketing and recycling of materials in order to reduce the environmental impact at the end of lifecycle.

SDG 15: Life on land

Implement environmental and social safeguards that ensure responsible sourcing practices exceed basic compliance.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Use our global, multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilise and share the knowledge, expertise, and technological and financial resources needed to achieve sustainable development.