Avery Dennison Foundation has announced a $200,000 grant to the Rainforest Alliance to foster best practices in forestry management, create jobs and increase access to sustainably-managed forest products.
“As a leader in labeling and packaging, we’re in a unique position to move our industry toward sustainably sourced materials, and that includes investing in the communities that manage natural resources,” says Dean Scarborough, chairman, president and CEO of Avery Dennison. “By working with the Rainforest Alliance, we can improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families while creating economic dividends for the entire value chain.”
Avery Dennison – whose materials are used for labeling and packaging products by a variety of industries, including apparel, food and beverage and personal care – has been using responsibly sourced paper since 2008 and, with guidance from the Rainforest Alliance, announced an industry-leading paper sourcing policy in 2013.
The company is actively working to eliminate controversial fiber sources, increase certified and recycled sources, and improve environmental performance in the supply chain.
“The best way to keep forests standing is to use them wisely,” says Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. “That’s why we’re so pleased to work with Avery Dennison in Honduras to improve business skills of local community managers, increase efficiencies and open access to new markets. Avery Dennison has made a significant commitment to FSC certification and sustainable sourcing and we are excited to collaborate with them on this next phase of their sustainability journey.”