Dow wins UPM awards

Recognizing suppliers’ performance in responsible sourcing

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Dow wins UPM awards

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business of The Dow Chemical Company is the winner of the UPM Raflatac Label Life Awards 2016. These awards recognize strong performance in responsible sourcing from the company’s suppliers. The awards are dedicated to suppliers who develop sustainable business practices which are safe
and friendly for the environment and beneficial to society.

Dow was one of four Label Life Awards finalists that were faced with a round of rigorous questioning from jury members during the event hosted at UPM Raflatac’s Wroclaw factory in Poland. The other finalists were DRT, Henkel and Mondi. As was the case last year, the competition entries were of a high standard and evenly balanced.

Dow presented The Dow Chemical Sustainability Footprint Tool that helps company employees and other players in the industry bring sustainability into the innovation process. The tool helps evaluate new projects through different facets of sustainability – social, economic, organizational, greenhouse gas emissions, water and resource efficiency. It also facilitates sustainability education in the company.

“We consider The Label Life Awards an important opportunity to recognize our suppliers’ performance in responsible sourcing and share best practices. Our finalists’ projects are inspiring and something we can all learn from. Going forward, we will deepen our partnerships with the finalists to design products that are fit for the future,” commented Sami Poukka, vice president, sourcing, UPM Raflatac.

“Each presentation brought something new and unique to the conversation which was valuable. The Label Life Awards format is extremely well-structured and encourages discussion and collaboration across the whole label value chain – suppliers, converters and end-users. It’s really important to work on sustainability together,” appraised Patrick van Leeuwen, corporate account executive, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

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