Sonoco kicks off supplier sustainability award program

Company announces first-year recipients during supplier diversity business conference

May 9, 2013
by PurchasingB2B Staff

HARTSVILLE, SC—Sonoco, a global packaging and services company, has unveiled its Sonoco Supplier Sustainability Award program. Recipients, including Arcelor Mittal, Buckman International, Staples and W.R. Grace, were recognized during a dinner at the 9th Annual Sonoco/JBE/MYCA Supplier Diversity Business Conference on May 7.

The company said the supplier sustainability program recognizes suppliers that demonstrate clear differentiation from their competitors with measurable, strategic and transparent social and environmental responsibility efforts. The idea for the program was first presented to Sonoco’s corporate sustainability team in late 2012. Sixty of Sonoco’s top suppliers were contacted with a call for entries in January 2013 and candidates’ entries were reviewed in April.

“Approximately 15 entrants participated this first year,” said Marc Ensign, director, strategic sourcing at Sonoco. “We expect to have many more next year, and were very impressed with our suppliers’ initiatives in the areas of sustainability, environmental responsibility and diversity.”