Coats

Community engagement

Take back and reuse programme

Within the Cleaner and Lighter initiative waste reduction has been identified as a priority area of focus in order to drive more concerted action towards achieving our 25% reduction target by the end of 2022.

One approach has been to address a reduction of supplier packaging waste, principally targeting paper and cardboard, plastic and wood, by developing an overall approach for each of our regional clusters. In July 2021, our procurement team began work with our major global suppliers to reduce packaging waste in addition to looking at opportunities for the re-use of supplier packaging within our own distribution.

One of our principal Asian units was established as a pilot for the trial of this re-use scheme. Although the project is still in its early stages, the collaborative relationships with suppliers have been extremely positive and successful. The project has already achieved a cardboard waste reduction of 140 Tonnes by the end of 2021..

Progress is being tracked on a monthly basis. The goal for 2022 is to continue the development of this project and to roll out similar schemes with our suppliers across all of our clusters.

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