Product Stewardship

Product Stewardship

Product stewardship is a concept whereby environmental, health, and safety protection center around the product itself, and all involved during the lifespan of the product take responsibility to reduce its environmental, health and safety impacts.

For more than a decade, food safety concerns have spurred U.S. federal and international organizations, such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), European Union (EU), China, and other countries, to implement global food safety initiatives whereby regulations controlling the manufacture and use of food packaging materials and materials that are used in product of food contact articles require testing and, in some instances, certifications of compliance. Examples of these regulatory requirements include reductions in heavy metals and dangerous chemicals in the manufacture of packaging material and food contact substances, requiring independent, third-party testing, protecting drinking water sources from toxic substances, and prohibiting importation of all plant matter (wood fiber) that is illegally sourced.

At KapStone, we understand the importance of the ultimate end use of our paper products and the need to comply with the numerous global regulations applicable to that end user. All of our products are FDA and EU compliant. This means our products do not allow for unacceptable migration of dangerous chemicals into the food products packaged using our materials. All KapStone facilities implement Quality Management Systems that comply with applicable requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and everyone involved in the supply chain process of a product is called upon to take responsibility to reduce environmental, health, and safety impacts. We initiated training in the 2015 update of ISO 9001 and plan to implement the risk assessment and management of change elements over the next year. Declaration documents are available for the following regulations:

  • Food Safety Declaration (per FDA, EU and BfR requirements);
  • CONEG/heavy metals compliance;
  • U.S. Lacey Act and European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR);
  • Toy Safety Standards;
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS);
  • ISEGA Biodegradability & Compostability;
  • Conflict Mineral Declaration (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act);
  • Safety Data Sheets;
  • California Proposition 65; and
  • California Transparency in Supply Chain Act.

In 2015, key accomplishments in product stewardship across the KapStone enterprise include:

  • Expanded centralized product stewardship integration to include KapStone Container Corporation.
  • Automated the RFI (Request for Information) process for the papermill system.
  • Maintained compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act regarding conflict materials.
  • Met the requirements of the Global Harmonization System, which is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical, and environmental hazards.
  • Implemented a more diligent, comprehensive chemical approval process for all of the paper mills including an improved automated SDS management system.
  • Actively participated in the AF&PA Chemical and Product Stewardship subcommittee meetings and activities.
  • Standardized and streamlined common compliance documentation for consistency and improved customer satisfaction.

"Our products are developed and manufactured in a way that is consistent with sustainability. We utilize up-to-date technology to be innovative, profitable, safe, and environmentally responsible."

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