In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) went virtual and took the theme of #CIRCULARVINYL. The half day event centred around speeches, open and interactive debates, quality panel discussions, and live polling sessions. The virtual event brought together over 180 participants from 24 countries. The successful event showcased the united PVC industry’s major achievements and plans to build the new sustainability programme towards 2030.
The event was not only a recognition of the PVC value chain’s achievements but an opportune moment to discuss and give feedback on the new 2030 sustainability programme in development. The conversation built on an external stakeholder consultation carried out by Accenture on key sustainability drivers, and challenges and opportunities for the PVC industry to respond to over the next decade. The VSF participants engaged in a lively debate and provided their views on the direction of the programme and on pertinent issues such as enhancing VinylPlus’ engagement with stakeholders and ensuring the long-term sustainability of PVC.
Take a look at the highlights 2020:
Over the last 20 years, we have witnessed the profound impact that a global awareness of sustainability has had on business. As a united industry we have worked together to tackle the challenges of circularity, taken an active lead on environmental issues, adopted innovation and new technologies and forged partnerships across the industry.
Sustainability, accountability and transparency have always underpinned our programme and enabled us to embrace policy initiatives impacting the plastics sector, as shown by our active participation in the Circular Plastics Alliance. Through the VinylPlus® Product Label, the sustainability certification scheme for PVC products in the building and construction sector, VinylPlus also recognises companies delivering the highest sustainability performance and contribution to the Circular Economy.
It has been an amazing journey and one VinylPlus is proud to continue with all our partners and stakeholders looking to 2030 and beyond. With the culmination of the voluntary commitment to sustainable development and the achievement of our targets in sight, the hard work is not behind us. The dynamic policy landscape covering the European Green Deal, Circular Economy, sustainable development, energy efficiency, climate change, preservation of biodiversity, and much more makes #CIRCULARVINYL more relevant than ever.
- Rewarding and recognising sustainability - The VinylPlus® Product Label