Bolton Group presented today its third sustainability report and the new environmental and social commitments that directly concern our products, our production models, and the communities where we operate. Among the commitments we are committed to achieving:
– By 2024, we will move from the current 70% to 100% of tuna from responsible fishing, i.e. MSC-certified or from substantial fisheries improvement projects (credible and comprehensive FIP). Since 2016, we have partnered with the international organization WWF to increase the sustainability of our tuna supplies, under the Rio Mare, Palmera, Saupiquet and Isabel brands. In addition, we are one of the founding members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), an international organization that works to maintain the environmental and social sustainability standards of the tuna industry.
– We will move from the current 87% to 100% of recyclable packaging by 2025 and use 40% recycled or biobased plastic for our packaging, gradually reducing the ratio of virgin packaging to finished product.
– We will decrease greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product by 20% over the next 5 years, also by switching from the current 85% to 100% of electricity from renewable sources.
– With regard to waste, our objective is to achieve “Zero waste” to landfills by 2025: today, 95% of our Group’s waste is already recycled or recovered.
– We will produce, by 2025, only sun creams that comply with the Hawaiian Reef Bill, a regulation introduced to protect corals from bleaching due to specific ingredients in sun creams.
– We aim at reaching more than half a million disadvantaged young people in 5 years through educational projects with the aim of supporting fragile situations and opposing school drop-outs. In 2020, more than 185,000 young people were involved and, until today, up to EUR 15 million have been invested to support the most disadvantaged sections of local communities.
This is all part of a multi-year process of continuous improvement. In fact, Bolton Group has, for a long time, integrated social responsibility and environmental sustainability into a single program based on three pillars: the sourcing of raw materials and packaging, the production of branded products and the wellbeing of its people and of the communities where it operates.
This ambitious journey is inspired by the principles of an increasingly circular and humane economy, founded on constant collaboration with organisations such as WWF, Oxfam, Save the Children, Banco Alimentare, Valore D, and We World.