Smurfit Kappa Sponsors SciFest

Smurfit Kappa Sponsors SciFest

Smurfit Kappa Announce Gold Sponsorship of the 17th Annual SciFest 2022 STEM Fair

September 2021

SciFest is delighted to announce that Smurfit Kappa has joined SciFest as a gold sponsor. Smurfit Kappa will be sponsoring the Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award at the 16 regional SciFest@College STEM fairs in 2022. Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in 23 European countries and 13 countries in the Americas.

Smurfit Kappa's uses its strength and industry leading expertise in sustainable materials to develop sustainable packaging solutions for their customers that are renewable, are designed to be recyclable and if littered biodegrades naturally without leaving a trace. Smurfit Kappa also contribute to a world without packaging waste by supporting the concept of circularity. As part of that, they play a role in collecting used packaging and re-use more than 90% of this material in their close loop business model. Smurfit Kappa's Our Better Planet Packaging initiative seeks to make a positive impact on billions of supply chains and consumers by reducing the environmental footprint of packaging and its traces on the planet.

Speaking about the sponsorship, SciFest's Founder and CEO, Sheila Porter said: “We are delighted to have Smurfit Kappa join us as a Gold Sponsor and we look forward to working with them going forward. Having a global FTSE 100 company such as Smurfit Kappa sponsor a sustainability award at the 16 SciFest regional fairs further emphasises the importance of this topic and will encourage our students to seek innovative solutions to the challenges facing society in this area. Smurfit Kappa have an enviable reputation in the world of sustainability. The Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award will raise awareness of sustainability issues in schools and local communities and we look forward to seeing the student projects which this award will recognise.”

Sharon Whitehead, Vice President, Human Resources, Smurfit Kappa, said: "Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of sustainable packaging in the world. We create innovative and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions for our customers and precious resources for future generations while caring for the environment and the planet. To continue our innovative and sustainable approach, we need to promote the various STEM programmes in schools and universities because for us, this is all about engineering and creativity. Therefore, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award, and we can't wait to see the ideas brought to life by Ireland's young talent who are always a leading force in world innovation and pave the way for better world".

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.5 billion in 2020. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 12 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our pro-active team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

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