Paperboard manufacturer Iggesund Paperboard has received the highest rating for sustainability in an evaluation by EcoVadis. The assessment applies to sites in Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England.

‘This is one of many confirmations that Iggesund Paperboard and its parent company, the Holmen Group, have a very strong sustainability programme,’ said Johan Granås, sustainability communications manager at Iggesund. ‘The issues have shifted over time from being purely environmental ones to now encompassing the entire field of sustainability.’

Both Iggesund Mill and its sister mill at Workington, Cumbria, have received the highest rating, the Gold Standard, putting them in the top 1% of all the companies assessed by EcoVadis and in the top 2% of assessed companies in the paper industry.

‘It’s becoming more and more important to be able to document your sustainability work so that customers know where we stand in this regard,’ Mr Granås added. ‘That’s where EcoVadis and similar systems come in. They are a major advance in simplifying the exchange of information between customers and suppliers.’

EcoVadis has conducted more than 45,000 evaluations in 150 countries, including for household names such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, L’Oréal and Heineken.