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Our Sustainability Commitment

At Macfarlane Group we recognise our responsibilities to operate and invest in our business to improve sustainability. We also understand our role in supporting our customers to minimise the impact their operations have on the environment.

Consequently, we have set targets for reducing Macfarlane Group’s carbon emissions and are focused on implementing initiatives that help our customers achieve their sustainability objectives. These targets and initiatives form part of our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy. You can find out more below, or click here to download a complete copy of our latest ESG report.

Our 2022 ESG highlights

Annual CO2 reduction - blue skies

Annual CO2 reduction

11% reduction in our absolute carbon footprint, relative to the prior year. 9% of this reduction was due to the sale of Macfarlane Labels on 31 December 2021.

We have also seen a 33% improvement in carbon intensity, measured by sales relative to our baseline year of 2019.

Macfarlane electric trucks

New electric trucks

First new 16T Electric Truck added to the commercial vehicle fleet, paving way for learnings for a future wider rollout.

Macfarlane - Charitable donations

Volunteer days

Macfarlane Group colleagues donated 263 hours of their time to charitable causes through their paid volunteer days in 2022.

Landfill full of waste

Waste diverted from landfill

99% of Macfarlane Group waste diverted from landfill.

Helping our customers

Our customers

Helping customers reduce waste and CO2 through optimised packaging.

Happy customer - customer satisfaction score

Customer satisfaction

50 – our average Net Promoter Score for 2022 (2021:48).

Using energy from renewable sources

88% of our energy now comes from renewable sources. (2021:67%)

Introducing charity partnerships

We have welcomed our first charity partnership with Blue Cross, a charity that provides specialist care, support and services to pets and their owners.

Board diversification

33% of the Macfarlane Group board is now female.


Macfarlane packaging electric truck

We are taking proactive steps to:

  • Tackle our CO2 emissions, especially from our truck fleet
  • Protect natural resources through monitoring and managing their use by the business
  • Closing the loop through better design and sourcing
  • Leading sustainable change in protective packaging


Social workers

We are meeting the needs of customers and colleagues by:

  • Working with customers to build a more sustainable future for all
  • Investing in the community we serve by supporting colleagues in fundraising and volunteering
  • Protecting our colleagues through health and wellbeing initiatives as well as employee development
  • Promoting diversity and encouraging employee engagement


Macfarlane ESG sphere

There are clear policies in place to promote strong ethics in the business. This is further supported by our core value of integrity, ensuring that is the basis for our key decisions and interactions.

Environmental, Social & Governance Report 2022

Our certifications, awards and standards

Sedex Member
Smartest energy logo
iso14001 logo

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