RESEARCH

The Foundation Algorithm

“The Foundation Algorithm” is the title of the Report drawn up by the Commission on Sustainability Istituto Italiano Imballaggio which provides the Foundation with a valuable scientific tool to accomplish one of its primary goals: promote an ethical and sustainable business culture for the packaging industry.

The idea to set up a Commission on Sustainability was born on the desire of Anna Paola Cavanna, President of the Italian Packaging Institute – a project extensively shared and supported by the Board of Directors of the Institute. The Commission met for the first time in 2009. Originally, the members of the Board of Directors were part of it.

 

In September of the same year, the commission decided to expand the participation in the Commission works also to all the companies affiliated to the Italian Packaging Institute. The response of the members by far exceeds the expectations with more than 100 experts of the sector that pool their highly qualified expertise in drafting the Report.

“The Foundation Algorithm” is the title of the Report drawn up by the Commission on Sustainability Istituto Italiano Imballaggio which provides the Foundation with a valuable scientific tool to accomplish one of its primary goals: promote an ethical and sustainable business culture for the packaging industry.

The idea to set up a Commission on Sustainability was born on the desire of Anna Paola Cavanna, President of the Italian Packaging Institute – a project extensively shared and supported by the Board of Directors of the Institute. The Commission met for the first time in 2009. Originally, the members of the Board of Directors were part of it.

 

In September of the same year, the commission decided to expand the participation in the Commission works also to all the companies affiliated to the Italian Packaging Institute. The response of the members by far exceeds the expectations with more than 100 experts of the sector that pool their highly qualified expertise in drafting the Report.

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Since January 2020, five working groups have been meeting on a regular basis every 45 days with the aim to draw up the ground rules relating to five thematic chapters:

 

1. Glossary Definition
2. Legislative and normative framework
3. Calculation algorithm for environmental sustainability
4. Environmental claims and labelling
5. UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

 

One of the ambitious projects of this task force is the creation of an innovative algorithm to calculate packaging sustainability by starting from the 10 points of the Ethical Packaging Charter and associating them with the 17 goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

 

Thanks to this algorithm, companies can “measure” the positioning of their products in terms of environmental sustainability. The first draft of the Report is currently being worked on.

 

Let us remember point 10. Sustainable of the Ethical Packaging Charter: “Packaging is sustainable if designed in a holistic way, fully balanced with the product and its use, such as to lift the overall environmental performances”.

Since January 2020, five working groups have been meeting on a regular basis every 45 days with the aim to draw up the ground rules relating to five thematic chapters:

 

1. Glossary Definition
2. Legislative and normative framework
3. Calculation algorithm for environmental sustainability
4. Environmental claims and labelling
5. UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

 

One of the ambitious projects of this task force is the creation of an innovative algorithm to calculate packaging sustainability by starting from the 10 points of the Ethical Packaging Charter and associating them with the 17 goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

 

Thanks to this algorithm, companies can “measure” the positioning of their products in terms of environmental sustainability. The first draft of the Report is currently being worked on.

 

Let us remember point 10. Sustainable of the Ethical Packaging Charter: “Packaging is sustainable if designed in a holistic way, fully balanced with the product and its use, such as to lift the overall environmental performances”.

The “The Foundation Algorithm” report
in a nutshell:

[ Work start: January 2020
[ Member: more than 100 packaging professionals
[ Organization: 5 working groups
[ Schedule: meets every 45 days
[ Contents:
1. Glossary Definition,
2. Legislative and normative framework,
3. Calculation algorithm for environmental sustainability,
4. Environmental claims and labelling,
5. UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
[ Goal: provide ground rules and tools to measure environmental sustainability for the packaging industry
[ News: sustainability algorithm
[ Publication: 2021

The “The Foundation Algorithm” report
in a nutshell:

[ Work start: January 2020
[ Member: more than 100 packaging professionals
[ Organization: 5 working groups
[ Schedule: meets every 45 days
[ Contents:
1. Glossary Definition,
2. Legislative and normative framework,
3. Calculation algorithm for environmental sustainability,
4. Environmental claims and labelling,
5. UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
[ Goal: provide ground rules and tools to measure environmental sustainability for the packaging industry
[ News: sustainability algorithm
[ Publication: 2021