Our Approach to Sustainability

Our Approach


Sun Chemical’s sustainability policy is based on the concept of eco-efficiency as defined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Eco-efficiency is achieved by the delivery of economically competitive goods and services that satisfy our customers’ needs and bring quality of life, while progressively reducing ecological impact and resources intensity throughout the life cycle.

Download our latest Sustainability Report which shows how Sun Chemical achieved its own recent energy and water usage goals and highlights various initiatives that have been implemented to increase the company’s overall commitment to developing sustainable solutions for customers, such as:

  • A long-term strategic target to reduce CO2 levels by at least 30% by 2030
  • The reduction of water usage beyond the 32% achieved in 2018
  • The identification of areas to improve in driving innovation of sustainable procurements, as highlighted by EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings
  • The company’s connection to CEFLEX to promote a circular economy for flexible packaging
  • Greater levels of biorenewable content in Sun Chemical products

Sustainability Roadmap

Sun Chemical is taking a phased approach to our sustainability effort and is using a roadmap to improve the eco-efficiency of our products and processes.

For our processes, we will:

  • Set improvement targets for energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and solid waste emissions.
  • Measure and report these parameters, regularly, by site and by product.
  • Establish actions to improve, then re-check and re-measure.

For our products, we have:

  • A structured and robust approach to product development that includes risk management and eco-efficiency improvements as key criteria.
  • An infrastructure for product stewardship that leads the industry.
  • Proactive approach in working with suppliers, customers, and industry trade groups to promote best practices.

To support our sustainability efforts in our operations and product development, we use what we call “the five Rs” – reuse, reduce, recycle, renew and redesign. To learn how you can use “the five Rs” to grow your business sustainably and contribute to a circular economy, download Sun Chemical’s Sustainable Growth – a guide to help you grow your business sustainably and contribute to the circular economy.

Data-Driven Reports

We are challenging ourselves internally to look for ways we can improve our processes at individual sites by monitoring key metrics to understand and manage our environmental impact. We will regularly report on the following parameters:


Sun Chemical publishes a corporate sustainability report every year, which focuses on these metrics. You can also learn how we’ve aligned our sustainability goals with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ambitious plan of our parent company, DIC Corporation, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sun Chemical is committed to an established system of values and ethical conduct in all its relationships.

For example, Sun Chemical collaborated with 33 companies to help found the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), which enables a responsible and sustainable mica supply chain in India free of child labor.

We encourage our employees at all locations worldwide to interact with and support their local communities. Employees have done so in a variety of ways, including:

EcoVadis is a trusted partner of Sun Chemical that provides third-party business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for our global supply chain. The EcoVadis platform ranks Sun Chemical’s corporate social responsibility using a variety of categories, such as environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

Sun Chemical has scored a bronze rating and is at the 69th percentile for its industry sector. The score is important in helping Sun Chemical to identify areas where the company can make further improvements.


Market Collaborations

Sun Chemical is committed to collaboration to improve sustainability. For example, we joined CEFLEX to further enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the circular economy by designing and advancing sustainable solutions for the market.

As a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Association of Plastic Recyclers, Sun Chemical collaborates with other packaging sustainability stakeholders to identify actionable improvements to existing packaging systems that would ultimately benefit people and the environment.

Sun Chemical creates products that:

  • Have high levels of bio-derived or recycled content
  • Improve the shelf life of packaged products
  • Make printed products easier to recycle

To accomplish this goal, Sun Chemical procures bio-renewable or recycled raw materials and makes regularly improvements in its manufacturing processes. Then develops solutions that keep food fresh, use less energy and reduce waste. Considerations also have to be taken for the end of life of the packaging, such as recyclability, repulpability, compostability, and de-inkability.

To learn more about our products and services with sustainable benefits, see Our Offerings.

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