Working with stakeholders


In order to achieve our ambitions, we collaborate with key stakeholders – we believe that no one organization can address the challenges of sustainability alone. Together, we must build a common understanding of sustainable development that considers the balance between environmental, social and economic factors, and is based on fact-based conversations.

We believe that the key for unlocking sustainability is innovation, and in order to innovate, we need partners across the value chain. We want to be an enabler and a catalyst for change, which is why we work together with many different stakeholders in order to be able to deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda. Innovative packaging solutions are necessary to transform the sector and help solve global challenges.

We partner with multiple stakeholders across the value chain and across industries to design for circularity, covering a wide range of systems and products. We believe that together we can create incremental, breakthrough and transformative innovation that can lead to systemic, long-lasting change beyond the present.

We play a key role in facilitating fact-based discussions between the packaging industry and regulators to help move the sustainability agenda forward and create a favorable environment for innovation. It is this shared understanding underpinned by fact-based conversations that will drive evidence-led decision-making and avoid unintended and damaging consequences.

As an advanced manufacturer, we are at the center of value chain – co-creating sustainable innovation with many different stakeholders

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Think Circle brings stakeholders together

In 2020, Huhtamaki stepped up its stakeholder engagement. We launched the Think Circle initiative, a platform that brings together key stakeholders from across the global food value chain to openly address issues we face as we design for packaging circularity. This platform reflects differing viewpoints from a range of contributors, such as leaders from academia, business, NGOs and other key institutions.

Its aim is to move the circularity dialogue forward, contribute to a common understanding and arrive at breakthroughs that deliver significant progress.

Read more about Think Circle and the stakeholders involved

Addressing stakeholder concerns

Our stakeholders continue to be concerned by the impact of plastic waste on the environment and are also increasingly seeking low carbon solutions. Huhtamaki continues to support plastic substitution, plastic reduction and solutions that increase the circularity of packaging, including the recycling of used packaging to enable the re-use of materials.

We work with stakeholders and policymakers to drive a better understanding of the essential nature of food packaging and how it plays a crucial role within food systems in delivering safe, hygienic, affordable, accessible and durable food around the world.