Avery Dennison has committed to a range of sustainability targets, including an ambition to become a net-zero contributor to greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The company also made a series of pledges for the year 2030, each of which falls under one of three categories: deliver innovations that advance the circular economy, reduce environmental impact in operations and supply chain and make a positive social impact by improving the livelihoods of people and communities.

Specific targets include ensuring that all of its regions will offer labels that enable the circularity of plastics, guaranteeing that Avery Dennison is well-positioned to satisfy current or future recycling, composting or reuse requirements for single-use consumer plastic packaging, and making certain that 100% of its core film and paper product categories globally contain recycled or renewable content. The company is also expanding its portfolio to include more intelligent labelling to advance the communication of data, reduce costs and waste, and create better recycling processes.

Other aims include an ambition to procure paper exclusively from responsibly-managed forests to help ensure a deforestation-free future, to reduce emissions by 70% against its 2015 baseline, and to work with its supply chain to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 30% against its 2018 baseline. The 2030 goals also include targets for gender diversity, employee engagement and inclusion, safety, and more.

‘Meeting our 2030 ambitions will be the greatest test yet of our capacity to innovate, as well as an invaluable opportunity to position our business for lasting success,’ said Renae Kezar, senior director, global sustainability, label and graphic materials, Avery Dennison. ‘We are proud to have exceeded our 2025 goal for reducing absolute GHG emissions, and we are making steady progress on our other sustainability commitments.

‘With our 2030 goals, we’re expanding our focus to make an even greater difference. Since establishing our original sustainability goals, we’ve gained a greater understanding of where our business overlaps with the world’s most urgent environmental challenges — and importantly, the areas where we can, and will, lead.’