The progress of the companies, Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, was presented in the fifth annual Proforest report on the Chain of Custody (CoC) commitment. The latest figure of 85% was recorded in 2011 and is an increase on the 78% reported in 2010.
According to ACE, the companies are on track to meet their commitment to “source 100% wood fibre that is traceable to legal and acceptable sources by 2015”.
“We are delighted to see our members’ steady progress towards achieving the high targets set in 2007”, comments Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK. “Traceability is one of our industry’s most important strategic means to combat illegal logging and is equally important in avoiding socially and environmentally unacceptable sources of wood.
“With 75% of a beverage carton, on average, being made from this natural renewable material, ACE member have a clear interest in ensuring that forests are responsibly managed.”