Started three years ago, the program aims to help companies engage with suppliers and improve their grasp of the carbon footprint left by their supply chain in order to make more informed decision on sustainability.
So far the program has attracted 56 members including a number of big companies in the dairy and food sector including Unilever, Danone, and Nestle.
However, Elopak, which specialises in dairy and beverage packaging, is the first packaging company to become a member.
Frances Way, head of CDP Supply Chain, said she was delighted that Elopak has realised the benefits of reporting on climate change and encourages others in the packaging industry to follow suit.
Membership of the program involves companies giving the CDP a list of suppliers. These suppliers, who have agreed to open their books on carbon, send information to the CDP who then analyse it on behalf of members.
Explaining the benefits, Elopak environmental director Sveinar Kildal said: “Elopak has now become a member of the program in order to measure climate change impact and risk within our own supply chain. This will provide a complete and visible data source within our entire supply chain – right back to the forest.
“The CDP puts the risk of climate change (and how we behave to combat this) at the centre of our global business strategy.”
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation set up to improve the information flow on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In addition to the supply chain program, the CDP runs other initiatives including investment, water disclosure and public procurement programs.