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ATTENTION SONOCO SUPPLIERS: Earn SEMS™ Certification if you already have a sustainability program in progress. Only Sonoco suppliers with a sustainability plan are eligible for the discount. Click here to register for the Certification Exam.





Sonoco Supplier Sustainability Engagement Initiative
Sustainability is not an option for small and diverse suppliers that want to do business with Sonoco Products. The company is partnering with ACF Enterprises LLC and the Institute for Sustainable Business Education to help small businesses work through the key steps to create a customized sustainability program.


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ACF Enterprises and the Institute for Sustainable Business Education are partnering with Sonoco Products to advance sustainability among small and diverse suppliers. The hands-on training is full of advice, tips and tools to help small suppliers document a sustainability plan of action and monitor sustainability performance improvements. The courses are completely online and available 24/7 for a period of 4 months. Here’s how a small supplier can benefit from Sonoco’s Supplier Sustainability Engagement Initiative:

• A self-assessment tool provides a glimpse of how a supplier company is doing with regard to sustainable performance.

• An easy-to-use tutorial and template assist in the development of a customized sustainability plan of action.

• An audit tool makes it easy to regularly conduct internal sustainability audits to monitor and measure progress.

• The Supplier Sustainability Environmental Scorecard (SSES) developed by Procter & Gamble is used in the training as a case study.

Participants earn a non-credit Certificate from the Institute for Sustainable Business Education and Sonoco upon competing a sustainability plan and passing a final exam with a score of 70 or better. It is not necessary to submit the final plan to Sonoco.


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