DS Smith Furthers Commitment to Sustainable Packaging with FSC Chain-of-Custody Certification

DS Smith, a leading sustainable packaging company, announced today it has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification across its U.S.-based packaging operations. Along with the company’s existing Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Sourcing certification, FSC certification demonstrates DS Smith’s commitment to providing sustainable solutions for customers.

DS Smith’s FSC Chain-of-Custody certification is a public commitment to use fiber from responsibly managed forests, and it provides a link between responsibly sourced fiber and the packaging used by manufacturers, ensuring brands and consumers are confident that the products they are buying come from a responsible source. 

This certification is part of DS Smith’s industry-leading Now and Next sustainability initiative, which is focused on the sustainability challenges we are facing today and those that will impact future generations.

“Consumers appreciate being able to participate in supporting sustainability through their purchases, and FSC’s credibility is a great benefit for brands who value sustainability,” said Giancarlo Maroto, managing director, paper, forestry and recycling, for DS Smith North America. 

“Certifications from FSC and SFI provide peace of mind to our business and our customers, knowing that we can service the increasing market demand for forest products from responsible sources and provide our customers with additional support as they make sustainable choices about the paper products they use,” he said.

DS Smith’s packaging materials begin life in responsibly managed forests and can be easily recycled up to 7 to 10 times through conventional recycling infrastructure or biodegraded naturally, without causing long-term environmental impacts.

FSC works to ensure that forest managers comply with domestic laws and international agreements and consider the environmental, social and economic principles and criteria related to the forest. Depending on the needs of companies seeking certification, certifiers evaluate both forest management activities (forest certification) and tracking of forest products (chain-of-custody certification). The chain-of-custody includes the forest, pulp mill, paper mill and paper.

DS Smith supports a circular economy that aims to reduce and eliminate waste and advocates for the reuse of materials. The DS Smith Box-to-Box in 14 days model ensures boxes are collected, recycled and turned into new boxes within two weeks. 

In 2020, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the company launched its Circular Design Principles, centered on optimizing sustainability and waste reduction design. In 2021, it unveiled its Circular Design Metrics, an industry first, that allows customers to rate the circularity of their packaging.

About DS Smith

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors, including e-commerce, fast-moving consumer goods, and industrials. Through its purpose of Redefining Packaging for a Changing World and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society — replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke Box-to-Box in 14 days model, design capabilities, and innovation strategy sits at the heart of this response. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people, and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family. 

North American operations are based in Atlanta, with 15 manufacturing, paper and recycling facilities, totaling more than 2,000 employees.