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We are proud of our track record on sustainability, having achieved almost all of our five-year commitments from 2016 to 2020. Building on this, our recently launched Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030) sets out the actions we need to take over this critical decade to achieve ambitious sustainability goals by 2030.

Sustainability lies at the centre of our purpose, culture and strategy to drive value accretive growth. We believe business has a leading role to play in helping to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Being part of the solution to global sustainability challenges will secure the long-term success of our business and benefit all our stakeholders.


2016 to 2020

Our Growing Responsibly model (GRM) was the framework through which we responded to sustainability challenges and opportunities and addressed societal issues these past five years. It has formed part of our business strategy and has enabled us to clearly demonstrate, monitor, improve and communicate our sustainability performance across the value chain.

Applicable to all our operations Group-wide, the GRM was designed to articulate the focus and value of our sustainability commitments to our business and our stakeholders. The model comprised 10 Action Areas which reflect the aspects of sustainability that are most relevant to Mondi and our stakeholders.

Each Action Area included commitments which ran to the end of 2020 and a carbon emissions commitment that runs to 2050. In 2018, we became signatories of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, which runs to 2025.

“Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. Our focus on sustainability has contributed to our strong performance across the business and is fundamental to our success."

- Andrew King, Mondi Group CEO

We see it as a key responsibility of business to help deliver the UN SDGs and we highlight the main links between the 10 Action Areas of the GRM and the corresponding SDG targets.

We identified seven SDGs where we believe we have the greatest impact and opportunity to make a real and lasting difference at scale: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 15 (life on land). A detailed overview can be found in our SDG Index, which identifies the links with all the SDGs and their respective targets, mapped against our actions.

"Our Growing Responsibly model has successfully guided our responses to sustainability challenges and opportunities these past five years."

- Gladys Naylor, Group Head of Sustainability

Over the course of the GRM reporting period we met most of our targets and made significant progress against our commitments. We aim to build on these achievements, while continuing to work on the areas that proved challenging over the past five years. 

“I think we have really matured in the five years of the Growing Responsibly model and it has been pivotal in growing the businesses sustainably. Our purpose is to be Sustainable by Design and the GRM has been a great learning tool on this journey."
- Dominique Reiniche, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Sustainable Development Committee


Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030)

As the end of our five-year GRM commitment period neared, we evaluated our sustainability framework and defined a pathway to 2030. From our stakeholders such as investors, customers, communities and colleagues we listened to feedback and used it to shape our new commitments defined by MAP2030.

Launched in January 2021, MAP2030 builds on the strong progress we made to date and sets out the actions we need to take over the next decade to achieve our ambitious sustainability goals.

MAP2030 is also aligned to the UN SDGs and it connects our 26,000 colleagues with a shared sense of purpose to contribute to a better world by making innovative, sustainable packaging and paper solutions.

Andrew King: “To make things truly sustainable, we must embed them deeply in our organisation, changing behaviours and mindsets. That is why we have set a longer time horizon for our new MAP2030 commitments.”

We believe that by focusing our efforts on circular-driven solutions, created by empowered people, taking action on climate, we can have the most impact. Each of these action areas have three high-level commitments, which are underpinned by more detailed targets, with the overall plan grounded on a foundation of responsible business practices spanning business ethics and governance, human rights, communities, procurement and environmental impact.


“We want our employees to see MAP2030 as something that links what they do to our strategic initiatives and investments. The three Action Areas are grounded in our everyday business and translate into what people see happening around them."

- Lars Mallasch, Group Technical and Sustainability Director 


“We cannot deliver our commitments alone – collaboration with others along the value chain is essential,” he added. “We will continue to think carefully about where to target our future strategic partnerships and collaborations to drive innovation and transformation where they are needed most.”

MAP2030 will enable us to monitor, improve and communicate our sustainability performance as we progress and foster collaborative relationships and partnerships. We believe it is only by working together that we will achieve the impact, innovation and scale necessary to bring about positive change beyond our own boundaries. 

Read more in the 2020 Sustainable Development report.


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