Sustainability Strategy & Approach
We collaborate across the global value chain to advance a circular, net-zero economy that helps our customers meet ambitious sustainability goals and creates long-term social, environmental, and economic value.
Our Sustainability Strategy
As a global leader, we are committed to more for our environment, employees, and customers. Through our Impact 2025 strategy, we are dedicated to deliver sustainability innovations for our customers and our operations.
Environmental, Social, and Governance Goals
To help customers meet the growing sustainability demands of today and tomorrow, we design and develop innovative products that increase the use of renewable and recycled content, minimize waste and emissions, and improve reuse and recyclability, while reducing the environmental footprint of our operations.
We are committed to ensuring a safe, ethical, inclusive, engaged, and rewarding work environment. By providing support where we can help the most – through donating time, resources, knowledge, and expertise – we are dedicated to creating positive impact within our manufacturing and innovation center communities across the globe.
Leveraging our unmatched global capabilities, sustainability leadership, and deep innovation expertise, we lead with integrity and prioritize responsible growth, financial stability, increased transparency and continuous improvement.
Our Strategic Approach
To create positive, lasting change and help our customers meet the growing sustainability demands of today and tomorrow, we put Berry’s Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts into practice through the lens of our customer promise, continuous improvement and responsible growth.
Our customers inspire us at Berry Global. We collaborate with them around the world – whether large or small, global or local – to create packaging and protective solutions that meet performance requirements, environmental impact targets, and aesthetic needs. We are committed to helping each customer make transformative leaps toward their sustainability goals and solve whatever challenges comes next in their business.
Because our customers are at the core of our decisions, Berry’s ESG strategy must align to support our customer priorities. And brand owners have made it clear they aim to achieve a circular, net-zero economy. With an eye toward decoupling from fossil fuels that make virgin plastic, our customers expect Berry to help them achieve ambitious sustainability goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving resources multiple lives through reuse and refill options, lightweighting, increased use of renewable and recycled content, and improved recyclability while evaluating opportunities to improve on an ongoing basis.
Stemming from our history of more than 47 acquisitions, Berry has a strong, diverse, global culture that prioritizes continuous improvement. Rather than building our 250+ manufacturing sites from green fields, we have continuously worked to integrate the mosaic of acquisitions and approaches into the strength of One Berry. We listen to each other and outside experts, and continually leverage best practices at individual sites across our entire global footprint.
With safety always in focus, we push the limits of innovation for our customers with new, sustainable packaging solutions and educate on advances in material science and manufacturing. But continuous improvement goes beyond designing for circularity. To support our role as an industry leader and vision to be an employer of choice, we are continuously improving our employee experience to foster an environment where differences are acknowledged, celebrated, and used to drive growth and affect positive change. We also continuously evaluate our governance mechanisms to ensure we are prioritizing investments, improvements, and ESG efforts that matter most to our company.
With growth and leadership comes responsibility. We take our role as a responsible corporate citizen seriously – throughout our company, across our value chains, and in the communities in which we operate. Our ESG efforts not only help our customers minimize risk and meet ambitious sustainability goals, they also create long-term stakeholder value by advancing a circular, net-zero economy through Berry’s industry leadership position.
Responsible growth touches all the areas of ESG. To grow responsibly, we must respect the environment and preserve our natural resources for future generations. We must respect people, ensuring human rights both in our operations as well as our supply chains. This goes even further for our employees, whom we must nurture through talent development in a safe workplace with an inclusive culture. And we must act ethically, including proper governance to ensure the things we expect to happen, do happen.
As one of the largest plastic converters in the world, we have both the opportunity and the obligation to drive the industry forward, and we are embracing that opportunity. Our Impact 2025 Environmental, Social, and Governance commitments demonstrate our progress and dedication to act for people and the planet.
Management of ESG
The topics outlined in our sustainability reporting are determined by a wide-ranging materiality assessment and our direct stakeholder engagement in accordance with the material topics defined in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.
Relevant stakeholders are chosen based on their influence or necessary contributions towards the continued success of our company, value chain, and the plastics industry.
We value being transparent and accessible with our internal and external stakeholders on sustainability issues and believe it is important to provide annual updates on our management approach and keep metrics for material issues in-line with the reporting principles and key report frameworks.
News & Insights
Increasing Transparency by Making it Quicker, Easier to View Our Company’s ESG Performance
Our company has been publishing an annual sustainability report since 2015. As we elevated our public commitment to social impact, environmental sustainability, and corporate governance, we began leveling up our reporting efforts. As we began reporting across an increasing number of frameworks, the length of these reports and appendices rose from 20 to 120 pages!
Berry Global Unveils New Circular Stretch Film Innovation and Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Berry Global, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, sustainable packaging solutions recently opened the doors to its “Circular Innovation and Training Center” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The new 12,000 square foot center will accelerate the development of highly innovative products driven by superior materials science and engineering, foster a collaborative space for training, and incubate cutting-edge stretch film projects that help keep materials in use and out of the environment.
New Silotite® Film Uses Recycled Content for Improved Environmental Credentials
Berry Global’s leading balewrap brand, Silotite®, has added a new film made with 25% post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) to its B Circular Range of agricultural films. SilotitePro1800 Sustane incorporates PCR into a high-performance product to deliver a quality silage film with an improved environmental profile.
Berry Global Again Receives Silver ESG Rating and Improves Overall Score from EcoVadis
Berry improved its overall score from 61 to 67, moving the global packaging leader from the 82nd to the 89th percentile with score increases in three out of four categories: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, and Sustainable Procurement.