“Achieving 100% ASI-certified aluminium for SIG aseptic carton packs marks another industry first from SIG and a significant milestone on the Way Beyond Good,” said Ian Wood, Chief Technology Officer at SIG. “100% of our liquid packaging board is already purchased with FSCTM certification since 2021 and now we are continuing to deliver on our responsible sourcing ambitions by purchasing 100% ASI-certified aluminium. Customers can now include the ASI label, as well as the FSCTM label, on any SIG pack to show consumers these materials are sourced responsibly.”
Driving improved standards for aluminium production
SIG has led the way in offering the world’s first packaging materials without an aluminium layer for aseptic cartons since 2010, including a full barrier solution without an aluminium layer launched in 2022. But these are not yet available in all formats and many of SIG’s aseptic carton packs still require an ultra-thin layer of aluminium foil to protect the food inside.
Through ASI certification, SIG is demonstrating its commitment to source aluminium for its packs responsibly. ASI sets leading standards for responsible aluminium production and sourcing, covering a broad range of ethical, environmental and social topics, including specific limits on carbon emissions in the production of aluminium.
By requiring all its aluminium suppliers to meet ASI standards, SIG is helping to improve performance in supply chains and drive lower-carbon aluminium production. This in turn supports reductions in the value chain carbon footprint for SIG and its customers.
Dr. Fiona Solomon, CEO at ASI: “SIG was one of the first companies in the world to achieve certification to ASI’s Chain of Custody and Performance Standards. To now reach 100% ASI certification for all its aluminium suppliers is a great achievement that is supporting ongoing improvements in the aluminium supply chain. The option for on-pack ASI labelling also offers a further opportunity to spread the message about responsible aluminium production and sourcing to consumers.”
Leading the industry on responsible sourcing
SIG has led the industry on responsible sourcing certifications for more than a decade with a host of industry firsts related to Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) certification of liquid packaging board, including purchasing 100% of its liquid packaging board with FSCTM certification since the start of 2021.
Customers have been able to include the FSC label on any SIG aseptic carton pack since 2016. Now they can add the ASI label to any SIG aseptic carton pack to demonstrate their commitment to responsible sourcing to consumers. The FSC label is included on nearly all SIG packs and the ASI label was already included on nearly 1.4 billion SIG packs in 2022. Featuring these labels on product packaging can also have a wider positive impact by increasing consumer awareness and demand for responsibly sourced raw materials.
Responsible sourcing, verified through recognised third-party certifications, is central to SIG’s ambitions to go Way Beyond Good for people and planet. The latest milestone on ASI certification further demonstrates its commitment to deliver positive societal impact by offering customers the most sustainable packaging solutions on the market.
ASI-certified aluminium foil will be rolled out as the new standard for SIG aseptic carton packs, starting with new customers and existing customers that launch new SKUs or change their package design.