For 200 years, we have been putting our knowledge and passion for glass production into practice. Every day, 10,000 people with a passion for their trade do everything they can so that consumers around the world can enjoy beverages and food with healthy, attractive and sustainable glass packaging. It is our mission to proudly offer innovative, customised and environmentally friendly solutions.
While the process of making glass has remained the same over the centuries, our world is changing at an accelerating pace. We must therefore align Verallia with society’s broader challenges and expectations, from people matters (health and safety, diversity and inclusion, talent and skills, aspirations to “work differently”) to the fundamental issues of the climate emergency and the depletion of natural resources.
With 34 glass production facilities in 12 countries, our Group is the European leader and the world’s third largest producer of glass packaging. As a leader in our industry, we have a responsibility to address the environmental challenges facing the planet by going even further and working even faster to strengthen the circular and virtuous dimension of glass packaging.
Our purpose: Re-imagine glass for a sustainable future. This defines our ambition and strategy, which focus on three core pillars: enhancing the circularity of glass packaging, decarbonising our activities and ensuring a safe and inclusive work environment for all. At Verallia, we are committed to ensuring that these drivers are more than just messages. They are part of the Group’s DNA and give meaning to our actions. It is with this in mind that we decided to publish this report. Focused on our CSR actions, it explains how Verallia takes action in the best interest of its teams, its customers and society.
CEO, Verallia group
The circular economy is emerging as a major societal trend. Both markets and consumers are seeing how relevant it is to saving natural resources and energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As a material that can be reused and recycled over and over again, glass is an ideal material for a circular economy. However, it still has to be melted down to produce new bottles or jars. Today, this operation is the main cause of CO2 emissions from our Group’s activities.
The Group’s 10,000 employees can count on their employer’s strong commitment to health and safety. 91% of the employees who participated in the latest engagement survey identified compliance with safety rules as one of the Group’s key professional behaviors. Awareness campaigns, risk awareness programs… are priorities issues Verallia adresses as closely as possible to the field.