Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has recognized global packaging provider Amcor Ltd. with a 2012 Supplier Sustainability Award. Amcor Rigid Plastics and Amcor Flexibles were both recognized for their overall sustainability efforts as well as their roles as suppliers to J&J. One of 43 nominated suppliers in J&J's worldwide competition, Amcor was one of seven award winners.
“Our emphasis on sustainability is a major focus of our business and we are extremely proud to be recognized by J&J for our targeted efforts in this area,” said David Clark, Amcor’s Vice President of Safety and Sustainability, in a press release. “This award reaffirms our commitment to providing innovative and responsible packaging solutions that protect the many resources invested in products and reduce waste throughout the supply chain.”
Nominees were evaluated on a range of environmental and social and economic criteria, including energy use and reduction, water use and reduction, waste reduction, workforce injury/illness reduction, workforce wellness, and community/human rights investment, Amcor stated in the press release. Amcor reports that it was recognized for its efforts in all six sustainability areas, related to its supply of absorbable suture packaging, polypropylene cups, flexible foil, PET bottles, and catheter, orthopaedic, and Sterrad pouches utilized by J&J’s MDD businesses.
One example of Amcor's efforts is a 50% PCR PET bottle it developed that resulted in nearly a 20% carbon footprint reduction compared to the 100% virgin PET bottle. It also optimized several flexible packaging solutions to improve design as well as improve manufacturing processes, leading to a reduction of carbon footprint and other life cycle impacts in the range of 15-20%.
Amcor Rigid Plastics produces HDPE bottles, PET bottles, and PP caps/vials; Amcor Flexibles manufactures plastic film, foil, pouches, lids, and labels. Amcor Rigid Plastics, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas, based in Zurich, Switzerland, supply packaging to J&J from global production sites in the United States, South America, and Western Europe.