OPRL announces intention to align with SDGs in new report

The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has published a report today (20 August) setting out its aims to align the company’s governance, policies and practice to nine of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report sets out nine priorities for action, which include the full implementation of OPRL’s Carbon Policy, collaborating with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and other stakeholders to tackle greenwashing, and benchmarking the company’s actions on equalities against similar organisations.

Several priorities for action focus on OPRL’s relationship with its suppliers, pledging to survey suppliers to determine their actions on equalities, and in order to understand what proportion of the company’s procurement spend supports under-represented groups. The report also sets out intentions to create a supplier code ‘addressing key equalities and sustainable development issues’.

OPRL will report annually on its progress towards these goals, and has announced its goal of achieving at least 50 per cent scoring in each of the nine SDGs identified by the end of this business year (June 2021), improving performance substantially where this has already been achieved.

The report has been released days ahead of Earth Overshoot Day (22 August), which marks the date on which humanity has exhausted the sustainable limit of Earth’s resources for the year.