FSC® Core Labour Requirements: New Versions of Chain of Custody Standards
The Forest Stewardship Council® has released in September 2021 new Core Labour Requirements in its chain of custody certification standard, to provide added protection for the rights of workers in all FSC® certified operations.
The new standard focuses on ILO declaration and conventions, with special regards to:
- Child Labour abolition
- Prevention of any form of Forced Labour
- No Discriminations, to ensure equal access to occupation and professional growth
- Freedom of Association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
In that contest, ICT decide to promptly adopt the new version of the standard FSC-STD-40-004 (V3-1) since of next re-certification audit, as the protection of workers’ rights has always been part of our commitments and the base of our Policy and Mission.
ICT Poland celebrates its 20th anniversary
This year, ICT Poland’s anniversary celebrations took place in a different way. Instead of the usual party with music and dancing, many other activities were organised, including the creation of murals in the town of Kostrzyn.
‘Everyone at ICT Poland is delighted to be celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary. So why not share this joy with all the inhabitants of Kostrzyn nad Odrą? With this mural, we want to mark a very important event in our history, but at the same time we also want to make these spaces more attractive and colourful for Kostrzyn’s residents and visitors.’ – Michał Wrembel, General Manager of ICT Poland
The winning project
Together, we chose the project by Justyna Hołubowska-Chrząszczak. The author is an illustrator living in Gdańsk. Throughout her career she has worked for: The Times, Puro Hotels, Casa Editrice MAC, Diana Kotb, LPP, Party by Modern and Herbapol. Justyna is also the author of the mural projects created in Toruń, Warsaw and Lublin.
A new challenge for ICT France !
ICT France is still growing in line with the authorisation obtained and included in the Greenfield project. The investment foresees installation of a new, 70,000 ton per annum, continuous machine to double the production capacity and resulting expansion of reel, finished product warehouses and converting area.
The company is proud of this business growth led by the French team in these first ten years since the first machine started up, and is determined to continue with the project to speed up further growth and consolidate its leadership in top quality Tissue European consumer markets.
The start up is scheduled for the second half of 2023, will require considerable commitment and will involve several people from the internal teams of ICT France and of the group and many external partners.
As with each Group investment, the project will satisfy the highest technological, functionality and efficiency standards available on the market.
A novelty for sustainability and environmental protection
A system improving the efficiency of the press section installed on the PM31 of ICT France. The new system facilitates the drainage of the water by increasing the temperature of the paper entering the suction press, thanks to the recovery of the thermal energy of the hood exhaust air, and consequently reduces the need for electrical and thermal energy, required for drying the paper and thereby contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
5th competitive business summit
Every year the Government of Aragon holds a Competitive Business Summit where companies of Aragon are chosen that, for certain reasons, are recognized for their EXCELLENCE.
In its 5th Edition held last February 19, and considering the special economic health situation of the region caused by Covid, it was decided to select a small group of companies that showed their solidarity by providing aid in different areas.
ICT Ibérica was one of the selected companies and received public acknowledgment from the Government of Aragon and the King of Spain FELIPE VI for their health aid delivered to different sectors. Our contribution was targeted at the equipment of emergency ambulances as well as the purchase of respirators and support material for the old people's homes.
King FELIPE VI in person awarded us with a plaque in recognition of our citizen awareness and business solidarity.
Today the Welsh Government announced ICT UK's new investment on the Northern Gateway site in Deeside, North Wales
European tissue producer to invest in North Wales creating more than 200 jobs
More than 200 jobs will be created on the Northern Gateway site in Deeside, North Wales, as a leading European tissue manufacturer announces it will be constructing a brand new facility with Welsh Government support.
The Welsh Government has provided £5m towards the new 700,000 sq ft facility. This follows a £10m investment in the Northern Gateway in March, to unlock the development potential of the site.
Italian company ICT has signed a preliminary contract for a 50-acre site, to develop a state-of-the art integrated tissue production and conversion facility – the first of its kind in the UK in more than 15 years. Construction is expected to begin early next year and, once complete, will create 229 new jobs
The new facility, equipped with the latest technology, will deliver consumer tissue products marketed through retailer private labels and ICT’s own brand FOXY to the UK and Irish markets.
According to the company, the location and development presents the “perfect opportunity” for retailers and their customers to benefit from the highest quality tissue products with availability assured from ICT’s industry leading supply chain expertise.
Ahead of a visit to North Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “This development is good news for the Northern Gateway site, Deeside and North Wales. It will bring a brand new state-of-the-art facility to the site with more than 200 jobs, and the possibility of further expansion in the future.
“The Northern Gateway site has tremendous potential and I’m very pleased that we have been able to support ICT’s decision to locate its new facility here. It will be an important employer in the future and will be a key contributor as we build a stronger and fairer North Wales.”
Minister for North Wales Lesley Griffiths said: “This is excellent news for North Wales. ICT is a world leader in its field and it will be bringing skilled employment to the region. I look forward to seeing these exciting plans develop.”
A spokesperson for ICT said: “Working with the Welsh Government team over the last two years has been a very positive experience of cooperation. ICT has carried out a very thorough feasibility study of potential sites all over the UK during the last three years and we are more than pleased with our final choice to make Deeside our new home and to expand our business footprint to North Wales and to the UK.
“We look forward to swiftly getting to work on the site and creating our local ICTUK team.”
ICT Group is headquartered in Lucca, Italy and has been operating in the consumer tissue business since 1978. Now a leading European producer, with manufacturing sites in Italy, France, Spain and Poland, ICT markets its premium toilet paper, kitchen towels, napkins and facial tissue products through its own brand Foxy and retailer’s private labels. The business includes the sale of parent reels through its B2B division. ICT employs 1,680 people and has a turnover of more than €840m.
ICT Poland: works have begun in the cellulose storage areas
Works have begun in ICT Poland to create an additional warehouse for the storage of cellulose. The completion of the works is scheduled for the end of November 2021. The total construction area is 6,314.50 m2. The new structure will guarantee a number of advantages, including increased storage safety (dry and stable stacks), the availability of larger storage areas, as well as the possibility of stacking the cellulose on three floors, which reach a storage of approx. 9,000 tonnes.
Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti invests in Italy, in its area of origin
In cooperation with the Tuscany Regional Government and the Municipality of Coreglia Antelminelli, the company is about to embark on a huge investment plan, estimated at approximately €50 million, which involves expanding the production plant in Piano di Coreglia and carrying out several construction works, also necessary to reduce the hydraulic risk, to make the surrounding area safe.
This new project is part of the ICT group’s growth and expansion programme, and will also help to promote and support growth in the local area and all linked industries.
Pozzani Disposables obtains FSC® and PEFC™ certifications
Pozzani Disposables S.p.A. is pleased to announce that in March 2021 it obtained the Chain of Custody certification according to the FSC® and PEFC™ standards.
By achieving this important milestone, the Company consolidates the social and environmental commitment of ICT Group by choosing only cellulose that comes from sustainably managed forests for the production of its nappies.