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IN 2001, the company introduced new vision and mission statements.

The vision: a commitment to making food safe and available everywhere. It’s a vision that reflects the company’s desire to deliver consumer choice and convenience throughout the world.

Tetra Pak’s new mission statement clearly anchors environmental sustainability, supported by profitable growth and good corporate citizenship, as part of its foundation for business success.

Tetra Pak also introduced a new motto for Tetra Pak – protects what’s good – as a further endorsement of its industry approach and commitment.

“We believe our customers, consumers and society in general, expect Tetra Pak to assume environmental leadership in our industry. Our global ‘One Step Ahead’ program states our intention to be at the forefront of proactive environmental activities in all the places where we operate,” Tetra Pak Group President and CEO Nick Shreiber said.

One Step Ahead

Environmental leadership is a goal set for every market company in Tetra Pak - and the One Step Ahead program is a key tool in the process towards that objective.

In 2002, each market company developed plans to become environmental leaders in their own country, and defined how to be One Step Ahead (OSA) in its market. This requires defining what OSA means to them and how it contributes to their business strategy.

Enhancing quality of life

Tetra Pak has initiated School-Feeding programs in more than 35 countries. The company is also participating in disaster relief projects worldwide and support programs for children in under-privileged areas.

The company uses carton board taken from its managed forests and actively supports recycling activities around the world.

Tsunami disaster relief support

In co-operation with international and local aid organisations, Tetra Laval and Tetra Pak are providing support to the countries most severely affected by the Tsunami disaster.

This support, with the value of USD$1.5 million, will be channeled through the local Tetra Pak organisations in those countries.

Environmental concerns

Tetra Pak’s primary environmental objective is to minimise the environmental impact of its products throughout their entire life cycle. This means making efficient use of resources in its product development and design, in its manufacturing processes, and in its operations generally.

Based on a careful assessment of life cycle impacts, customer and social needs, legal requirements, and the extent to which the company can control the impacts, Tetra Pak has developed a list of key issues and impacts that it needs to manage as a priority.

Tetra Pak considers environmental management systems as cost-effective tools to assess and manage the environmental impacts of its activities, to achieve local and corporate environmental goals, and to make continuous improvements.

One of the most effective methods of remaining continuously focused on environmental issues is to integrate them into the company’s business strategy.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Tetra Pak uses a well-known and internationally recognised environmental management instrument, called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

LCA is a tool that helps to identify and assess the environmental impacts of a product throughout its life cycle, identify areas for improvement and communicate the environmental profile of products.

Manufacturing professionalism

Tetra Pak uses the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) concept as the basis for all of its converting activities worldwide.

World Class Manufacturing is an industrialised system of continuous improvement of all performances. The core of this methodology is to reach global performance in all areas such as quality, delivery, cost, flexibility, adaptability and innovation and to constantly improve the use of company resources.

Supporting innovation

Tetra Pak is a proud sponsor of the Dairy Award in the inaugural FOOD Magazine Challenge Awards.

Sponsored by iCiX the Approved Supplier Exchange, the FOOD Magazine Challenge Awards program has been established to recognise and reward excellence in Australia’s food and drink processing industry, and to recognise industry leaders in their drive to ‘best practice’ food and drink processing.

The awards are open to all companies regardless of size that have a food and drink processing presence in Australia.

There are nine award categories - see opposite page for details - with entrants required to demonstrate product innovation in ingredients, processing, safety, packaging, export and marketing.

Entry is free and the deadline for entries is 2 May 2005.

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