Our approach to sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
An End-to-End approach that has positive impact on your footprint
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
At FPS as a sustainable flexible packaging supplier, we help you to reach your sustainability targets should they refer to reduce, reuse or recycle their industrial bulk bags. Buying sustainable flexible packaging from FPS has a positive impact on your net environmental footprint. We invest in circular economy strategy in which we focus on innovating and create more sustainable fibc solutions. Sustainability reaches all levels of our organization.
The Rebu concept is a service which includes the collecting of your emptied FIBCs at end user’s premises, and after cleaning, inspection, and repair (if necessary), will be returned to you. To minimize the costs of transport we offer your customer support, such as training of personnel and correct usage of our palletizing system to collect your empty FIBCs.
Due to the European regulations and extended producer responsibility for single use of plastic, it has become increasingly important for customers to find ways of complying to rules. The EU Council’s proposal of a plastic tax is also making it gradually more important to find sustainable ways while saving on costs.
For more information on this service, check out Rebu’s website.
Through innovation, FPS provides flexible packaging sustainability solutions while keeping the customers’ needs in the center of attention driving customer satisfaction.
- Our Recycling Hub in Romania turns the collected Big Bags into new Big Bags. For 1 loop bags 30% of the material will be PCR, which is also our goal for 2023.
- MAPGuard: Controls the atmosphere (gas composition) of the inner bag to preserve the packed commodity (like nuts, rice and more) ultimately increasing the shelf life, product quality, and freshness.
- The latest manufacturing facility added to our global network is our FPS Ji’an plant. This facility is a best-in-class plant, specializing in FIBC production for Electric Vehicle Battery Powder. Thanks to several years of success in this industrial sector in the Chinese market, we built this customized plant to service specific industry requirements.
- Specialty liners aim to include barrier liners (Alu, EVOH) into the recycling stream with our in-house multi-layer production enables for best in class development.
CO2 emission calculation tool based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) models for different packaging designs. Quantify the environmental effect of your sustainable FIBC!
- Analyzes the environmental impact of different FIBC designs over their life cycles
- Calculates the carbon emissions based on your specifications
- Compares different designs and scenarios
- Shows how you can improve the sustainability of your packaging choices
- Guides how you can reduce your environmental footprint and achieve your sustainability goals
Sustainability Ratings and Memberships
FPS is a member of Sedex which is an ethical trade membership organization, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
FPS is proud to be a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. Since 2019, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste has rallied around 90 member companies, project partners, allies and supporters who are committed to ending plastic waste in the environment and promote eco friendly flexible packaging.
FPS is currently working on Ecovadis Sustainability Rating and planning to get the certification in the second half of 2023.
FPS Flexible Packaging Solutions is consistently taking actions to improve operations and find more sustainable solutions.
Below are some key projects:
Reduce Waste to Landfill
“Waste is our key driver for our business, therefore we promise to reduce our operational waste and waste to landfill to achieve a better circular economy system. 25% of our plants have already achieved zero waste to landfill, therefore we celebrate in 2021 our Changzhou, Montceau Les Mines, Rheine and Thirsk plants. We started to initiate “learn from the best” program to compare and implement best examples across our facilities.
Recycle Internal Scrap
Two wind turbines in Turkey produce 2.4 GWh of energy, saving 1.758 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Scrap Ratio Decrease
FPS has implemented a 3-year waste reduction program in its Hadimkoy plant in Turkey, resulting in a scrap decrease of 20% over 3 years.
Energy Saving Devices
By using LED Lights and energy saving devices on high power, we save 229 MWh and 113 tons CO2 emissions per year.
Invest in Efficient Machinery
FPS as a sustainable packaging supplier, has an investment plan to replace and upgrade old machinery with more efficient and less energy consuming appliances. This project will save 6 GWh energy, 4.400 tons CO2 emissions and 400 tons of PP and PE scrap per year.
Another initiative on waste reduction is using water based inks. Our Matehuala – Mexico and Botoşani – Romania plants are using this ink and accordingly, we started to make tests in Turkey facilities and Negreşti – Romania plant to introduce both 4 loop and 1 loop businesses. “
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance
FPS commits to sustainability and the ESG framework defines our sustainability principles:
How We Integrate Sustainability
Health & Safety
With over 4000 people, the safety of the workers is the most serious element to consider at FPS Flexible Packaging Solutions. No operation is more important than the safety and health of our colleagues, therefore there is a priority in all FPS workplaces to ensure this.
We are very proud that FPS achieved a best-in-class performance with an MCR of 0.12 for 2022. Our target is to reach a Medical Case Rate of Zero in all facilities by 2025.
Each facility holds an annual Safety Week with the goal of raising safety awareness. All production employees in FPS receive safety training, ensuring our safety culture is understood and practised every day.
9 out of 14 FPS facilities had zero accidents in FY 2020, and 10 FPS facilities received the Chairman's Safety Excellence award, for scoring a 90% or higher on a third-party safety audit and achieving a Medical Case Rate of zero.
Human Rights and fair labor practices
As a manufacturing company, FPS is operating in a labor-intensive industry. Our commitment to upholding human rights and fair labor practices is directly aligned with our dedication to the health, safety and well-being of our colleagues. We maintain these standards and expectations throughout our supply chain. We are devoted to working with responsible partners to ensure our customers' confidence in our responsible sourcing and labor practices.
Diversity and inclusion
FPS is committed to creating work environments characterized by inclusive leadership and accountability among managers, equality and fairness of opportunity, and openness and freedom from bias and discrimination. The company aims to uphold a zero-tolerance policy for discriminatory behavior, such as bullying and harassment, and actively helps managers and staff to build a culture where all employees feel they can bring their whole selves to work. There is a focus on advancing diverse talent into executive, management, technical, and board roles.
We take pride in having a balanced gender distribution with 45% female and 55% male colleagues in our global network. The aim of gender equality in the workplace is to provide equal opportunities and outcomes for everyone, irrespective of their gender. A company that aims to create a sustainable work environment must address the diversity and inclusiveness of its work culture.
Our company’s greatest assets are its people – but in reality, this is only valid for the colleagues who are engaged. Our colleagues cooperate to improve the company and are committed to their work, they drive our innovation and move the company forward.
We are delighted to announce that FPS was awarded the Great Place to Work Certification in the countries of The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, France, Romania, Mexico, Vietnam, China, USA, and Turkey, based on the researched-backed employee survey analysis.
People Excellence is one of our four Business Priorities in our Identity & Intent Statement. We provide a workplace characterized by safety and well-being and where our colleagues feel supported. Our highly engaged colleagues cooperate to improve FPS and are committed to their work, they provide innovative solutions to our customers and move us forward. We as a reusable packaging company aim to empower and inspire our Team to achieve their own and common goals.
At our organization, we prioritize the professional development and well-being of our employees by providing mandatory trainings on a variety of topics. These trainings cover essential areas such as the "code of conduct" and "cyber security," ensuring that every employee is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain a secure and ethical work environment.
At FPS, we value continuous learning, adaptability, and the shared responsibility of creating a better world through sustainable practices. We aim to integrate sustainability into every employee's job and to foster a culture of growth, responsibility, and positive change within our organization and beyond.