We believe that all companies and all people have an inherent responsibility to do their
part, and we are no different. We are also committed to protecting the health and safety
and promoting the wellbeing of our employees around the world, because they are one of
our most important assets.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities we developed a holistic plan that goes beyond
conservation and aims to deliver value to all touch points for customers, suppliers, and
our communities while ensuring a sustainable future for CCL.
We are investing in resource saving technologies and waste reducing processes at our
facilities worldwide. By focusing on engineering with more efficient manufacturing, we
can offer our customers the best solutions to meet their sustainable packaging needs.
Sustainability is about more than just conservation; it also means being responsible
corporate citizens while producing quality products. A key part of this process is
working internally with employees and externally with our supply chain partners to
create more efficient and environmentally friendly options for our customers. We are
working to decrease the impact of transportation, reduce waste, and increase the use of
sustainable alternatives within our supply chain.
Being a socially responsible corporation means that we have fair labour practices,
maintain safe workplaces, and give back to our employees and the communities in which we
Our holistic approach addresses five areas that are critical to our success:
Compliance with the applicable regulations around the world is closely monitored to
ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place and are being followed.
Senior management also reviews CCL’s global accident statistics, with an objective of an
injury free workplace and appropriate responses to all incidents. EHS is an important
subset of sustainability and social responsibility and a key focus of senior management.
CCL’s Board has a Human Resources Committee which reviews compensation guidelines,
trends and legislation that potentially affect CCL’s business and employees, and reviews
any reports of non-compliance of the Global Business Ethics Guide.
While it is beneficial to have publicly stated policies, in order to make continuous
improvement, it is important to have measurable goals. Some of CCL’s Workforce Injury &
Illness Reduction goals, for instance, are:
Perform safety audits at 25% of CCL’s plants on an annual basis
Maintain an annual recognition program to reward CCL operations for EHS excellence
Engage a minimum of 300 hours of external safety loss control consulting per year
Report global accident statistics on a quarterly basis to senior management
Implement and maintain Health & Safety Committees at all operations worldwide
Maintain a program to perform environmental due diligence prior to acquisition of
all new businesses
Some of CCL’s Workforce Wellness goals are:
Provide financial incentives to employees that complete an annual medical exam
Implement and maintain Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to help employees with
financial information and legal support resources, tobacco cessation counselling and
weight loss/health programs, Guidance Resources® Online and confidential counselling
Implement and maintain biometric screenings on-site
We have already made improvements in our use of natural resources, but we strive to
CCL is utilizing capital investment, process improvement and supply chain management to
reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the projects and initiatives undertaken over the
years within our worldwide operations include:
CCL Label Holzkirchen, Germany introduced an environmental management system that
conforms to DIN EN ISO 14001:2004 regulations. Its thermal post-combustion system was
reconstructed and its exhaust air system optimized
CCL Label Moussy-le-Neuf, France is Imprim’Vert certified, a certification awarded in
the printing industry for minimizing impacts on the environment through reducing the use
of energy in the production process, eliminating the use of products with toxic
ingredients, and by having an efficient, documented and legally conforming waste
CCL Container’s greenfield facility in Guanajuato, Mexico was constructed using a closed
loop recycling system that cleans and reuses water used in our manufacturing process,
thus investing in a sustainable future
CCL Label’s facility in Raleigh, North Carolina was built with roof-top solar panels, so
that the plant operates using clean energy, while generating minimal emissions. There
are also charging stations on site for electric cars which can be used by employees and
The following is a small list of other things that CCL is doing to achieve our
CCL has undertaken a Full Carbon Disclosure Program for its North
CCL participates in third party sustainability websites like www.ecovadis.com
CCL has started a program to record energy and water consumption at all plants along
with the amount of waste disposal
CCL has full disclosure on its paper sources, and monitors the amounts from fully
CCL has developed its own LED industrial lighting fixture line, which provides the same
lighting levels using 80% less energy
CCL has greatly reduced its water consumption for cleanup processes; 99% of water-based
inks have now been replaced by solid UV cure inks, and we have invested in waterless and
solventless Flexo platemaking equipment worldwide to replace water wash Flexo and letter
We know that in order to serve our customers we must stay responsive to current and
future market needs.
From our product designs to the resources we use, CCL reimagines how packaging is
created in order to make it better.
By seeking out the newest technology and best materials, we offer superior products to
help meet customer ecological and quality goals. If what you seek is not currently
available, we will put one of our product development teams to work so your company can
be first to market.
A few examples of CCL’s innovative and sustainable products are:
CCL is the pioneer of a 100% water wash-off removal beverage label system that allows
glass bottle recovery for reuse and recycling. Our pressure sensitive beverage labels
have been designed to shrink and be easily removed during the wash-off of empty bottles,
with the ink and adhesives remaining on the label so as not to pollute the washing bath.
This maximizes performance in reducing plastic waste volume and water, chemical and
energy consumption during the label removal process, thereby lowering the carbon
footprint, while significantly reducing costs.
Our tubes can be purchased with our post-consumer recycled (PCR) content and bio-based
Our aluminum containers are 100% recyclable.
We have introduced varnishes that now have renewable content (botanically derived versus
petro chemically derived oils).
CCL’s ReNew label film pressure sensitive stock was developed to comprise 40% recycled
content and the adhesive is water-based acrylic emulsion designed to remove cleanly,
reducing scrap within our industry.
Downgaging of materials and utilizing ultrathin films for high volume label applications
reduced resources and logistics by 30% over the last 10 years.
Our Super-Stretch-Sleeve technology has the smallest carbon footprint of all decoration
technologies. The sleeves are stretched and applied to the container without the use of
adhesives or heat. The natural elasticity is all that is required to hold the sleeve in
place. The extremely low density films allow an easy and clean separation for
Recycling compatible pressure sensitive labels and sleeves, optimizing yield for primary
recycling of plastic containers.
By taking care of our employees and investing in community-based causes, CCL is able to
be a catalyst for positive change.
A key part of our approach to sustainability and social responsibility is working with
employees and community partners to be excellent corporate citizens. As a global
company, we want to support the communities in which we operate.
We understand that each country and each community has different needs. By encouraging
each CCL location to participate in the ways that best serve their constituents, we are
able to be a global company that is responsive at a local level. Some of the many
organizations we support are schools, non-profits, chambers of commerce and local
CCL is committed to higher education, and we believe in investing in tomorrow’s leaders
today. CCL’s Gordon S. Lang Scholarship Program originated in 2000 to honour CCL’s
founder, Mr. Gordon S. Lang. The program is designed to reward the leadership and
excellence of the children of our employees around the world by assisting them in
reaching their educational goals. Each year CCL’s Scholarship Program provides five
scholarships worldwide. Since the inception of the plan, CCL has provided over 62
scholarships, awarding more than $650,000 in scholarships.
CCL also believes strongly in its workforce wellness. Not only is safety of our
employees of paramount importance, we care about their fair treatment and personal
wellbeing. CCL has a Global Business Ethics Guide which deals with human rights,
compensation and the workplace environment. Worldwide, CCL is committed to equity in the
workplace and to providing its employees with a workplace that is free from all forms of
harassment, discrimination, drugs and/or violence. CCL maintains an independent and
confidential Ethics Hotline for employees to report ethics concerns, and an Employee
Assistance Program which provides advice and support on a variety of personal problems
our employees may have outside of the workplace.
And finally, CCL operates in many countries around the world, including emerging
markets. Our employees are treated with the same respect and care, no matter the
jurisdiction. CCL strictly prohibits forced labour, and we do not employ children –
anyone under the age of 15. However, we do comply with the local laws, when the law is
By working with our customers and suppliers we are decreasing the impact of
transportation, reducing waste, and increasing our use of sustainable alternatives.
With CCL’s Supply Chain Management Service we are able to help companies plan their
orders to better manage their portfolio. Our supply chain model emphasizes agility and
speed to market, while reducing working capital.
Through predictive forecasting and responsive production we are able to drive down lead
times, and help lower inventory and material costs. The increased efficiency has the
added benefit of reducing waste and unnecessary production, lowering the effects on the
To support our drive in supply chain innovation, CCL has globally developed and is
continuing to expand Near Site Distribution Centers. They are located within minutes of
our customers’ manufacturing sites, and support inventory from multiple CCL sites. With
the uncertainties inherent to manufacturing, our Near Site Distribution Centers have
saved our customers countless hours of potential downtime and waste, while reducing the
carbon footprint through reduced transportation.
Another unique feature to CCL’s supply chain model is our use of reusable packaging in
the form of plastic pallets and boxes which are direct replacements to both wood and
corrugate packaging. Not only are these pallets reusable, they also reduce overall
transportation costs and the carbon footprint due to their ability to be vertically
stacked; three trucks become one.
CCL works with its customers and suppliers to customize the supply chain model to help
achieve sustainability goals. For example, CCL assists customers with recycled content
supply chain programs, by collecting waste liners from labels and returning them for
reprocessing and reuse.
Like our customers, CCL is committed to sustainability efforts as well as quality at the
highest levels. The above examples are but a few of the positive impacts we have had in
partnering for sustainability, and we will continue to do so as we expand utilization
across our business.