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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda. This comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 193 UN member states therefore made a commitment to a plan of action the goal of which is nothing less than to achieve a positive transformation of the world.

It is primarily the UN member states, but also other stakeholders, who are expected to implement steps to achieve these Sustainable Development Goals, which comprise 169 subgoals. The then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon therefore made an explicit appeal to the business world: ‘Business is a vital partner in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Companies can contribute through their core activities, and we ask companies everywhere to assess their impact, set ambitious goals and communicate transparently about the results.’
 

Sustainability has been an integral part of ALPLA’s approach and identity ever since the company was founded. And as the company has become increasingly global, this issue has also increased in importance in terms of ALPLA’s strategic focus and operational management. We were therefore more than happy to respond to Ban Ki-moon’s appeal and we gave a great deal of consideration to the SDGs in 2018. We drew on the SDG Compass, a guide for business action on the SDGs, as the basis for this and took the following steps to enshrine the SDGs within the company and to communicate our progress:

  1. Analysis of all our business activities throughout the value chain in order to identify the positive and negative impacts on each of the 17 SDGs.
  2. Identification of the SDGs of particular relevance to ALPLA because our core business activities can have a considerable influence on achievement of these specific goals.
  3. Definition of the targets and measures needed to boost the positive impact we have on these SDGs or to minimise or eliminate any negative impacts.
  4. Enshrining the goals in the global corporate strategy to allow their implementation to be worked on around the world at numerous levels.
  5. Communication of the progress made in achieving these goals and regarding these measures to the employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

ALPLA is focusing in particular on the following four SDGs:

We identified four SDGs that ALPLA will focus on above all others. This takes into account the influence not only of our production facilities, but also and in particular the impact of our products.

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

 

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
 

  • Cutting-edge technologies for the resource-efficient manufacture of our products
  • Design for recycling
  • Ongoing packaging optimisation, e.g. weight reduction, minimises material consumption
  • Beverage bottles made entirely of recycled PET
  • Development and use of alternative, bio-based materials
  • In-house operations create local infrastructure and jobs, and minimise transport journeys
  • Close collaboration with customers and suppliers

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 

  • Many years of experience in plastics recycling
  • The company’s own recycling plants and partnerships result in high-quality regranulate
  • rPET produced in Wöllersdorf (PET Recycling Team) results in 90 per cent fewer carbon emissions than new PET
  • Recycling plants in Austria and Poland are run entirely on renewable energy
  • Reviews performed by independent organisations, including by SMETA and EcoVadis in accordance with ISO 14000 and ISO 50001
  • Championing a functioning circular economy, signatory to New Plastics Economy’s Global Commitment (2025 goals)

SDG 13: Climate action

 

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
 

  • High production plant energy efficiency reduces emissions
  • In-house operations eliminate transport journeys and outer packaging
  • Use of recycled PET reduces carbon emissions
  • Use of renewable energy sources
  • Reduction in absolute carbon emissions

SDG 14: Life below water

 

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
 

  • Expansion of recycling activities: correct disposal, sorting and reuse prevents littering
  • Recycling gives plastic value and allows the infrastructure needed for functioning waste management to be created. What’s needed is collaboration with governments, NGOs, businesses and civil society
  • Giving support to global NGOs (such as Waste Free Oceans, The Ocean Cleanup and Plastic Bank) which are committed to combating marine pollution
  • Staff training
  • Raising awareness among customers and end consumers