Responsible Business Practices

Our responsible business practices focus on environmental performance, human rights, communities and responsible procurement.

Mondi Steti production worker

Responsible business practices underpin our MAP2030 performance

Our sustainability framework, Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030), is based on responsible business practices spanning environmental performance, human rights, communities, and responsible procurement. 

Our responsible business practices at a glance

Resource efficiency is fundamental to many of our material issues. We work with partners across our value chain to use resources wisely, prevent environmental degradation and support a circular economy.

We are committed to reducing water use and increase water recycling, as well as to finding alternative solutions for waste by recycling or reuse.

Mondi Richardsbay energy plant

reduction in specific NOx emissions compared with our 2020 baseline


social investments in our communities

Over 7000

supplier sites assessed since the launch of the Responsible Procurement process

2023 responsible business practices highlights

Our responsible business practices commitments, their targets and performance

Environmental performance: We will continually work on improving the environmental performance of our operations to minimise environmental impacts


Reduce specific contact water consumption by 10% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline

On track

Reduce specific effluent load (measure COD) by 15% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline

Behind target

Reduce specific NOx emissions from our pulp and paper mills by 10% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline

On track

Reduce specific waste to landfill by 30% by 2030 from a 2020 baseline

On track

100% of our operations will be certified according to globally accepted environmental standards equivalent to ISO 14001 by 2025

On track

2023 performance

The specific contact water consumption of our pulp and paper mills decreased by 4% compared with our 2020 baseline. We reported a slight decrease of 1% compared with last year.

Specific COD emissions increased by 2% compared with our 2020 baseline, and increased by 10% since last year, due to operational challenges at the wastewater treatment plants of two mills. We are working to resolve these challenges and once again reduce our COD emissions in line with our target.

Our specific NOx emissions were 10% lower compared with our 2020 baseline, due to investments in energy efficiency and modernisation of our energy plants at our mills. In Świecie, for example, we replaced some natural gas by light fuel oil and decreased the NOx emissions by more than 15% since 2020. 

In 2023, we reported a 44% decrease in specific waste to landfill compared with our 2020 baseline, due to two initiatives in Richards Bay (South Africa) and Ružomberok (Slovakia).

100% of our pulp and paper mills and 76% of our converting operations were ISO 14001 certified in 2023.

Human rights: Strengthen governance systems to prevent human rights violations and remedy any adverse impacts.

Communities: Maintain social investments in our communities to support sustainable development aligned with local needs.

Responsible procurement: We mitigate risks and create greater transparency in our supply chains through our responsible procurement process

Responsible procurement: Ensure that all our wood fibre (round wood, wood chips and market pulp) is sourced solely from credible wood sources