Packaging Sustainability Framework

The APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework (the Framework) is a consistent and transparent framework for assessing and tracking packaging sustainability. The Annual Report which all APCO Members are required to complete is based on this Framework.  


The Framework consists of thirteen independent criteria that belong to three separate categories. These categories are:

  • Leadership
  • Packaging Processes and Outcomes (Outcomes)
  • Operations


Structure of the Framework

There are two types of criteria within the Framework:

  • Core criteria are mandatory and must be answered by all Members when completing the Annual Reporting Tool.
  • Recommended criteria are not mandatory, but Members are encouraged to complete as many recommended criteria as possible.


The thirteen criteria are:


Packaging Sustainability Framework 13 Criteria


Levels of Performance

Each criteria is divided into five levels of performance ranging from ‘getting started’ to ‘beyond best practice’. The Reporting Tool assigns a performance level for each criteria and an overall performance level / score based on responses. The diagram below illustrates key differences between performance levels.


Packaging Sustainability Framework Levels of Performance


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