Japanese beverage manufacturer Suntory Beverage & Food has secured chain of custody (COC) certification from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its paper-made packaging materials.
In the first phase of production, during August, the certified corrugated paper and paperboard material will be used for Suntory Tennensui, a mineral water brand of the group.
The Suntory Group will also use the certified paper-made packaging materials for its domestic products such as Suntory Beverage & Food, Suntory Spirits, Suntory Beer and Suntory Wine International.
On securing the certification in the P4 category in May 2017, Suntory claims to be the first licensed firm for paperboard boxes in Japan.
Suntory Beer will also adopt FSC certified paper-made packaging material for its products, that include all free non-alcoholic beer-type beverage brand and all free collagen.
The two types of FSC certification include FM certification for forests and COC certification for management of processing and distribution.
Cardboard paper and paper boards or printed materials and other 40 categories can avail the COC certification.
The FSC, established in 1993, is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.
FSC, headquartered in Germany, certifies timber producing forests, and processes that distribute and manufacture products from timber cut from such forests.
The certificate is given to produce in timber in a method which is environmentally appropriate, economically viable and beneficial to local community surrounding forests.
Suntory Beverage & Food, headquartered in Tokyo, employs over 23850 people and has over 115 group companies.