Huhtamaki has come a long way since our founder, the young visionary Heikki Huhtamäki, set up a confectionery factory in a barn in rural Finland a hundred years ago. Since then, we have followed in our founding father’s footprints, by continuously taking on new challenges to become a company that delivers sustainable packaging solutions to billions of consumers around the world.
Today our customers, consumers, communities and the planet need our sustainable packaging solutions more than ever before. This gives us a profound responsibility as a business to protect food, people and the planet. By protecting great products, delicious food and beverages, we ensure hygiene and safety. By preventing food waste, our packaging reduces the biggest environmental impact of daily food consumption globally. By developing environmentally responsible products and processes, we ultimately protect the planet.
Our 100th anniversary year has not been easy. We are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic and are focused on safeguarding our people and our business during these turbulent times. However, whilst acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on our lives and our business, we remain committed to our ambition to become the world’s preferred choice in sustainable packaging solutions.
I want to thank all our colleagues for their commitment and contribution to making Huhtamaki what it is today. We base all we do on our values Care, Dare and Deliver and let our values help us make a difference where it matters. We asked our colleagues from all around the world to tell what our values mean to them in the everyday life at Huhtamaki. A small portion of these inspiring greetings are collected in this below video. Let me present to you: 100 Thoughts about Huhtamaki.
Here’s to the next century in Huhtamaki’s history! My aspiration is that when future generations look back to 2020, they recognize this as the year we embarked on a transformation — which sets us up for the next 100 years. I look forward to starting this next chapter of our journey today, together with all our stakeholders and employees.