We are pleased to present the Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) 2020 Sustainability Report. Our longstanding and simple corporate mantra of “just do the right thing” is as relevant today as ever. The events of the past year impacted every one of us in some manner, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the greater recognition of social injustice. In the face of these challenges, an opportunity for positive change exists.
Embracing sustainability is one of the areas where we believe IPG can impact our employees, the communities where we live, our customers including end-users of our products, our suppliers, and our shareholders. 102-14
IPG has always focused on our employees’ health and safety, and we emerged from 2020 stronger than ever in our safety message. We have established enhanced processes and procedures to implement safety measures that will continue to benefit us. I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our employees last year.
In 2020, we made several significant steps forward on our sustainability agenda.
We advanced our strategy to increase our offering of more C2C Certified™ products. In 2020, IPG was awarded C2C Certifications for our Exlfilmplus performance shrink films, our SuperFLEX® and StretchFLEX® stretch film, and our NovaShield® structure membrane products. Each of these products is the first-to-the-world product in its respective product category to be C2C Certified.
We published our Sustainable Product Design and Development Vision Statement, publicly stating our commitment to developing safe, circular, and sustainable products.
The Board of Directors established a new committee of the Board, the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Committee, to govern our
stakeholder sustainability activities.
We formalized our sustainability management structure by introducing a Vice-President, Sustainability position reporting directly into the
Chief Financial Officer.
Our Truro, Nova Scotia manufacturing facility achieved ISO 50001 certification of its Energy Management System. Truro is the first IPG facility to achieve ISO 50001 certification, signifying another critical step forward in our sustainability journey.
We continued our focus on ENERGY STAR® practices. During this past year, we were recognized for the sixth consecutive time by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and
We signed the Association of Plastics Recyclers Demand Champion Commitment letter signifying our support of including increased amounts of
postconsumer recycled content in our products.
We also signed the U.S. EPA America Recycles pledge to further demonstrate our commitment to supporting a circular economy and eliminating the concept of waste.
Over the next several months, we will be formalizing our sustainability goals and will plan a public announcement in early 2022.
We are proud of the effort and commitment demonstrated by our employees and business partners that delivered the successes and opportunities shared in this report. However, we view sustainability as a journey, and we must continue to move forward.
We will continue to do the right thing for People, Planet and Profitability, bringing a sustainable future closer through our actions and impacts every day.