Sustainability / Report
ASPAPEL published the first Paper Sector Sustainability Report in 2005, thus starting a ground-breaking initiative in Spain. No sector had hitherto carried out a similar exercise in transparency: in fact, ASPAPEL’s was the first sectoral sustainability report to be published in Spain - a report that is now in its fourth edition and which is supplemented with annual updates.
This fourth Paper Sector Sustainability Report, published in 2015, covers the period 2011-2014 and brings all the information featured in the previous edition, published in 2011, fully up to date.
On this occasion, the interim period has been extended from three to four years, due to ASPAPEL’s desire to prepare the Report in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s recommendations in its new G4 Guide for the Preparation of Sustainability Reports and to the extra work this endeavour has entailed. In the process of defining the contents, ASPAPEL has been fortunate to count on the invaluable assistance of over 300 representatives of stakeholders through a wide-reaching online survey.
The historical data contained in this edition covers the period 2006-2014 in order to offer clearer understanding of how the data has evolved and of the importance of including references dating from before the start of the economic crisis.
Based on the concept of circular economy, the industry's commitment to sustainability is based on four pillars: sustainable forest management (GF), efficient and responsible production processing (PP), leadership in recovery and recycling (LR), and generation of wealth and contribution to the quality of life (GR).
Information and data on topics that are materially relevant and include aspects that directly or indirectly have an impact on the sustainable development of the sector for each of those 4 pillars are organised into four separate chapters. Thus, the Report looks at fundamental issues of sustainability from the economic, environmental and social viewpoint.
Information on each of the indicators is collected from sector companies and the sum of those data included in the Report. Being a trade organisation, ASPAPEL has the advantage of offering an overall portrait of the sector as a whole, which, as has been seen in previous editions, serves as a model and source of encouragement for companies to publish their own reports with their individual data.
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