Our sustainability plan

The primary objective of the RPC Astrapak Sustainability Plan is to identify ways in which RPC Astrapak can improve its sustainability performance. The Plan aims to provide a framework for improving the sustainability of the organisation as a whole, and for making sustainability decisions based on ambitious yet realistic objectives, measures, benchmarks and targets.

The Sustainability Plan frames the organisation’s sustainability aspirations as realisable goals, by laying out specific implementation steps and establishing metrics for measuring the results of these. The Plan is centred on the management of RPC Astrapak's material sustainability issues.

Management Approaches to material issues also comprise a critical element of the GRI G4 reporting process, and are therefore a central component of the Sustainability Plan, as a tool for the management of the Group’s material issues.

Each material issue identified in the Sustainability Plan is described in terms of:

  • The existence and communication of relevant and effective policies;
  • Management processes;
  • Benchmarks, targets;
  • Third party systems or standards;
  • Supply chain interventions/ requirements/influences;
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • The recording of information and the filtering of this information through reporting processes; and
  • Leveraging success internally and externally.

Our sustainability barometer

In order to quantify the Group’s success in achieving its sustainability targets, a Sustainability Barometer was developed, to provide RPC Astrapak with a simple mechanism through which to approach the Sustainability Plan. The Barometer includes the key aspects of the Sustainability Plan and examines the following:

  • Area of focus (Material Aspect)
  • Objective
  • Measurement
  • Target
  • Actual performance

The Barometer is intended to form the basis of management approaches to material issues, through discussion at regular meetings.

What is sustainable plastic packaging?

  • It is beneficial, safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its lifecycle
  • It meets market criteria for performance and cost
  • It is sourced, manufactured, transported and recycled using renewable energy
  • It optimises the use of renewable or recycled source materials
  • It is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
  • It is made from materials healthy in all probable end-of-life scenarios
  • It is physically designed to optimise materials and energy
  • It is effectively recovered and utilised in biological and/or industrial closed-loop cycles.