Nampak strives to create packaging that is balanced in terms of providing protection and preservation to products, is cost-effective, creates maximum consumer appeal and at the same time takes into account environmental responsibility.
Nampak is a diverse packaging company engaged in the production of metal, glass, plastic and paper packaging for food, beverage and a variety of other end-use markets. The company operates in Africa and Europe.
The management and staff are committed to ensuring that Nampak is an environmentally responsible company and believes that the integrated actions we take within our operations to conserve natural resources and protect the environment make sound business sense. These commitments are achieved by operating an effective environmental management system in order to:
- Comply with the requirements of ISO 14 001:2004
- Identify and comply with relevant legislative requirements, internal standards, as well as the requirements of our stakeholders
- Improve our environmental performance through establishing a framework for measurable and appropriate objectives and targets, regular monitoring and environmental audits
- Promote environmental awareness, both internally and externally, through training and proactive communication with stakeholders
Prevent pollution and continually improve our performance through focusing on the
following aspects of our operations:
- Increasing our energy efficiency and reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a commitment to managing our impact on climate change
- Minimising and recycling waste generated by our operations as well as postconsumer waste
- Reducing resource use through light weighting, and Conserving water resources
- Provide the necessary financial and human resources at board and divisional level to give effect to this environmental policy, and
- Communicate the policy to our staff, contractors and other stakeholders.
This policy is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it remains appropriate to our business.
Operational risk management
Nampak is committed to complying with the law in all our operations to minimise our risks and impacts by developing robust and documented systems to measure, monitor and communicate environmental performance both within operations and to the broader community. Consequently, we have adopted an environmental management system based on the ISO 14 001:2004 standard.
In smaller operations which employ fewer than 60 employees and where ISO 14 001:2004 certification has not been obtained, we have integrated regular peer assessment into the risk control operational reviews.
Extended product responsibility
Nampak is fully committed to its role in the recycling of metals, glass and plastic. We participate in and contribute to various recycling initiatives*. Industry in South Africa invests more than R300 million in recycling activities each year. There are more than 250 recycling companies in South Africa.
|The Glass Recycling Company||www.theglassrecyclingcompany.co.za|
|PETCO (Pty) Ltd||www.petco.co.za|
|South African Containers Association||www.rosefoundation.org.za|
|Polyolefin Recycling Company||www.polyco.co.za|
Nampak innovates through research and development
Nampak produces packaging
Customers fill the packaging
Collect-a-Can joint venture with ArcelorMittal.
Investment of over R725m from inception in 1993
Aluminium beverage cans and closures
are 100% recyclable
Beverage can recycling rate of about 70%,
among the best in the world
Every new glass bottle in South Africa contains more than 40% of recycled content .
Food cans – 45mm and 52mm are lighter than their predecessors.
“Super shorty” closure – at 2.4g is 33% lighter than its predecessor.
Nampak’s “Infini” plastic bottle uses between 15% and 21% less raw material.
Nampak’s multi-layered milk bottle used for long-life milk is 100% recyclable.
Aluminium beverage cans weigh on average 60% less than tinplate cans.
Test solutions to extend shelf-life of products thereby reducing food and beverage waste.
Trial new products for food safety.
Packaging plays a significant role in preventing food waste which results in less waste to landfill.
Estimated 10 million tonnes of food are wasted annually at a cost of >R61 billion
Approximately 51% of all packaging placed on the market is collected for recycling with <2 million tonnes ending up as unrecovered waste
Purchases about 63 000 tonnes of recycled glass from over 4 000 SMME suppliers for use in glass manufacturing process
The Glass Recycling Company reported a recycling rate of 40.6% which is ahead of the USA
Nampak invested R160 million in a cullet recycling plant
Over 80% of beer is sold in returnable glass bottles
Collection and recycling of about 1.9 billion PET beverage bottles annually, around 46% of the total bottle consumption (PETCO)
Provides jobs for an estimated 25 000 people across the formal and informal waste sector (PETCO)
South Africa recycles 33% of postconsumer plastic packaging
Climate change represents both risks and opportunities for us. For a holding company as diverse as Nampak, with interests in metals, glass, plastics and paper, and with 53 manufacturing sites, our facilities are susceptible to risks ranging from shortages of resources, severe weather events to logistics interruptions.
As a packaging supplier, we are indirectly exposed to the same risks and opportunities as our suppliers and customers.
These are assessed and deliberated in various forms of engagement with our stakeholders and form part of risk assessments undertaken by the divisions.
We appreciate the worldwide concerns regarding global warming and aim to systematically reduce our energy intensity and carbon emissions. Identifying and implementing energy-reduction opportunities reduces our reliance on energy purchased from Eskom and contributes to our efforts to contain costs. Energy purchased from Eskom remains the largest component (70%) of Nampak’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the rest of Africa, we place more reliance on other sources of energy including gas, diesel and petrol.
Nampak continues to report our carbon footprint using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol — Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. Carbon Calculated performs this calculation, using data provided by our divisions and the report is independently verified according to the ISO 14064-3 International Standard for GHG verifications. The reporting period is aligned with the group’s financial reporting period.
We include energy targets in the key performance indicators for responsible senior management. Performance against these targets forms part of the individual performance measures that determine annual salary increases and incentive bonus payments
Nampak recognises that many industries across the supply chain of packaged products face challenges related to water scarcity and we evaluate the associated risks to our sustainability during risk assessments.
The bulk of Nampak’s water usage takes place in the production of beverage cans and in the glass manufacturing process.
Standards and governance
We use local and global standards, protocols and guidelines to report on how we are addressing our sustainable and responsible business performance.
We reference the following sustainability standards when measuring our performance:
- King Code on Governance (King III)
- JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index
- United Nations Global Reporting Index
- International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Six Capitals
- United Nations Global Compact
- International Labour Organisation
- UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework for Business and
- Human Rights
- Further details on key risks and opportunities, emissions, energy intensity targets water consumption available on pg. 17-18 of the Group Sustainability Report