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Ontex sustainability efforts recognised by CDP

Dec '20
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Leading provider of personal hygiene solutions, Ontex, has received B scores from CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) in 2020 for both its climate and forest protection efforts, improving on the scores achieved in 2019. CDP analyses the sustainability efforts of thousands of companies for institutional investors that manage over $100 trillion in assets.

Ontex achieved its climate action rating upgrade by strengthening the internal governance of climate action, by reducing the energy consumption of its plants, and by sourcing 70 per cent of the electricity used in its plants worldwide, 100 per cent in its European plants, from renewable electricity. Sustainable forestry management is the key for Ontex as forests supply the paper fluff and wood pulp used in its personal hygiene products. Ontex sources 100 per cent of its fluff from controlled or certified sources. The company invests in a monitoring system to identify the sources of its agriculture-based raw materials. Monitoring sources enables Ontex to support suppliers with sustainable practices, according to a press release by Ontex.

“The 2020 CDP sustainability ratings for Ontex rewards our investment in sustainability expertise and energy efficiency. I am proud of the steps taken by Ontex colleagues across our geographies to reduce carbon emissions, and to ensure that the key wood-based raw materials we use in our hygiene products are sourced from sustainably managed forests. We are committed to mitigating the climate impact of our activities, therefore the CDP recognition is of utmost importance to us; furthermore, proven commitment and tangible results in that field are increasingly requested by our customers and consumers,” Thierry Navarre, CEO, Ontex said.

“We’re clearly on the right sustainability track and we have a clear ambition to do even more. We want to make our operations carbon-neutral by the end of this decade. In 2021, we plan the launch of a new fibre and agriculture-based product sourcing policy. This could positively impact our next CDP score,” Annick De Poorter, Ontex executive vice president for sustainability, quality and innovation, said.

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