3M emerged as the APCO 2020 Industry Sector winner – General Merchandise & Apparel, based on excellent performance in its APCO Annual Report.

Building on last year’s excellent efforts to improve packaging sustainability and reduce waste, this reporting period, 3M proudly achieved a zero waste to landfill result across 30 per cent of its sites.

Through a comprehensive review against the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines as well as Life Cycle Assessment tools, 3M Australia also reduced 279kg of packaging across its range.

The company also committed to including recycled and renewable materials within its packaging, and continued to actively engage its consumers on the importance of recycled content and packaging sustainability through on-pack labelling and customer campaigns.

Similarly, 3M Australia has diligently worked to ensure supplier adherence to packaging sustainability goals through its comprehensive Responsible Business Conduct policy and Sustainable Supplier Agreements.

Food & Drink Business

Asahi Beverages has appointed Nigel Parsons as the new CEO of Asahi Lifestyle Beverages. He will join the company on 1 March 2021.

A research project commissioned by sustainable tech company iugis found businesses don’t fully grasp the scale of the food waste problem, or how it relates to the climate emergency.

Cobram Estate has been awarded one of the best oils in the world by the International Olive Council. Its Black Label Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the best oil in the Southern Hemisphere.