Sustainability Report 2020

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“Our suppliers require transparency. Only when they know exactly what we expect from them in terms of sustainability can they meet these requirements.”

Rita Shaw (Greiner Bio-One) Vacuette Setup


Earth Overshoot Day in 2020 was on August 22. This is the day on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. From this day onwards, we are living out the rest of the year at the expense of future generations. Humanity’s demand for natural resources has risen by 240 percent since 1970 to 92 billion tonnes (as of 2017). The higher our consumption of biomass, fossil fuels and metals, the higher the resulting waste and emissions. In addition, the use of materials and activities related to materials are responsible for over half of global greenhouse gas emissions. Consumption of raw materials is forecast to almost double by 2060 due to rising populations and higher standards of living. As a result, the pressure on our environment is continuing to increase, with unpredictable consequences.

Our goal

We want to be a fully circular business by 2030.

Our targets


By 2020, 80 percent of our total purchasing volume to come from suppliers who have signed the Greiner or an equivalent Code of Conduct.

Scope 3

Inclusion of emissions from our purchasing (Scope 3 emissions) in emission reporting by 2021.


EcoVadis to evaluate strategic suppliers of Greiner Packaging by 2020. External evaluation of strategic suppliers for all divisions by 2023.

Our performance


In 2020, 65 percent of our total purchasing volume came from suppliers who had signed the Greiner Code of Conduct or an equivalent code.

Scope 3

Scope 3 emissions relevant to procurement were included in emission reporting in 2020.


54 percent of all strategic suppliers of Greiner Packaging were evaluated by the end of 2020.

Greenhouse gas emissions
Anthropogenic greenhouse gases are produced as a result of the manufacturing and burning of fossil fuels, agricultural activities, deforestation and industrial processes and the municipal disposal of waste and wastewater. The carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases emitted as a result of these activities change the composition of the atmosphere and are a major driver of climate change.
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