As part of Huhtamaki’s commitment to sustainability, we want to support the communities in which we are active.
In 2020, we made several donations to international NGO’s as part of our 100th anniversary. These were global sustainability initiatives with a local impact – projects where we are acting today, educating for tomorrow and funding innovation for the future, making a difference where it matters most to help address global sustainability challenges and build circular economy initiatives.
Addressing global sustainability challenges through partnerships
Huhtamaki and the international charity WasteAid announced a partnership in 2020. The Huhtamaki funded project will provide financial support to WasteAid to deliver education and training on waste management and circular systems. It will enable WasteAid to work with key stakeholders in South Africa, Vietnam and India to fast-track and amplify local solutions that create value and reduce waste and pollution, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Huhtamaki and the impact-focused startup accelerator Food System 6 announced the “Huhtamaki Circular Economy Start-up Program”, aimed at surfacing and supporting the most innovative circular economy startups worldwide.
Huhtamaki also funded a project that aims to stop the flow of plastic into the Indian Ocean from the Mithi River in Mumbai. The Mithi River Project is a global partnership between the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, RiverRecycle and Earth5R. The project uses emerging technologies to collect plastic waste and seeks ways to valorize it by turning it into valuable fuels, chemicals, bio energy and fertilizers.
Joining forces with the Red Cross to provide COVID-19 emergency relief
Huhtamaki has also been conscious about its role as a corporate citizen and donated EUR 0.5 million in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) COVID-19 appeal. The funds were channeled via the Finnish Red Cross to support emergency relief efforts in Asia and Europe particularly for the most vulnerable communities. The Red Cross donation was one part of our support towards alleviating the impact of the pandemic.
Taking action locally
Globally Huhtamaki teams across its 81 locations have sought opportunities to assist their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis, be it in the form of producing face shields for healthcare workers or donating products to health care systems to ensure food hygiene and safety making a difference where it matters.