Paper Packaging

At P&G, we have a responsibility through our procurement practices to ensure that the wood fiber in our packaging is sustainably sourced.

Perspectives on Packaging

We continually strive to optimize our packaging design, aiming to use the least amount of material, while ensuring adequate protection, delivery, and safe use of our products. As part of our ongoing efforts, we continue to identify source reduction opportunities to decrease overall material usage and to use recycled paper when it offers the best option to meet performance and business requirements. Our paper-based packaging is derived from wood fiber, and we have a responsibility through our procurement practices to ensure that the wood fiber in our packaging has been responsibly sourced.

We have an aim that 100% of our paper packaging will contain either recycled or third-party certified virgin content. Over the past several years, we have expanded our efforts to collect data from an increased number of suppliers to assess progress against this goal. In 2020, we received data from more than 120 suppliers representing more than 98% of our global paper packaging spend.

Paper Packaging Sourcing Policy

Though we do not own or manage forests, we have a responsibility through our procurement practices to ensure the sustainability of the world's forest resources. To deliver on this commitment, P&G now has a Paper Packaging Sourcing Policy to set supplier expectations.

In addition to our Paper Packaging Sourcing Policy, we work with our suppliers and other stakeholders to promote forest certification through our purchases. We give preference to the Forest Stewardship Council and accept Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification who ensure forests are responsibly managed.

Recycled Material

Typically, virgin fiber used for paper and board production is from timber that are usually by-products from lumber and unlikely to be used for other purposes. Once this virgin fiber has been made into paper, it can be recycled on average five to seven times. Recycled paper and board are a crucial part of achieving our Ambition 2030 goals.

We also recycle 'post-industrial' waste. This is material that, for one reason or another, was not used directly for packaging. The most common form is 'clippings' – waste generated when packaging is cut to shape.

As we go forward, our objective is to achieve 100% use of recycled or third-party certified virgin fiber in our paper packaging by 2022 and maintain this goal ongoing. We will continue to report data on our paper packaging on an annual basis.

Supplier List

P&G will share on an annual basis our paper packaging suppliers. We believe that transparency helps us to build a more sustainable supply chain. Our direct supplier list accounts for in excess of 98% of the wood fiber-based packaging P&G purchased in 2020. This list includes all corrugate, folding cartons, displays, paper labels, and packaging.

Progress & Goals

  • P&G has an aim to achieve 100% of the volume reported by our suppliers was either recycled or third-party certified virgin content by 2020. As of 2021, P&G is at 99.6% of this goal and intends to achieve 100% by 2022.
  • P&G will continue to give preference to FSC in our paper packaging sourcing. We have an ambition to achieve 50% FSC virgin fiber sourcing by 2025.

Data & Metrics

This data, which was self-reported by our suppliers, is summarized in the following table:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Total Metric Tons 915,000 840,000 700,000 743,000 701,000 794,000 856,000 992,000
% Recycled 83% 80% 85% 85% 85% 83% 79% 77%
% of Virgin 17% 20% 15% 15% 15% 17% 21% 23%
% of Virgin fiber that was 3rd party Certified 95% 94% 91% 93% 91% 86% 88% 81%
% of Virgin fiber that was 3rd party Certified FSC 44% 42% 40% 40% 38% 37% 37% 33%
% of total recycled or 3rd party certified virgin 99.6% 99.5% 98.5% 98.9% 98.6% 97.6% 97.4% 95.7%