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Accreditations & Certificates

Colpac is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment, both in our actions as a business and in the materials we use to produce packaging, and this is shown in the breadth of accreditations and certificates that we sign up to. Our ISO: 14001 accreditation means that we make sure environmental responsibility is driven into our daily practices. From recycling 100% of our boardwaste to implementing multiple on-site recycling options, we have identified clear objectives to monitor the impact of our activities and ensure we are always improving our environmental performance.

We look to source as locally as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. We participate in schemes such as Woodland Trust, a carbon capture initiative, to further reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing. We also take part in local carbon off-setting schemes and partner with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust to protect our local wildlife.

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ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. These principles are explained in more detail in ISO’s quality management principles. Using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

ISO 45001:2018 Health & Safety Management


ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, issued to protect employees and visitors from work-related accidents and diseases. ISO 45001 certification was developed to mitigate any factors that can cause employees and businesses irreparable harm. Its standards are the result of great effort by a committee of health and safety management experts who looked closely at a number of other approaches to system management — including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. In addition, ISO 45001 was designed to take other existing occupational health and safety standards, such as OHSAS 18001, into account — as well as the ILO’s labor standards, conventions and safety guidelines.

ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2015 is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.


BRCGS Packaging Materials Standard

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The BRCGS Packaging Materials Standard provides a robust framework for all types of packaging manufacturer to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements, while maintaining legal compliance. Certification against the Standard is recognised by many brand owners, retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers. In response to demand, the Standard has been translated into many languages to facilitate implementation by packaging materials companies across the world

On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)

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A Simple, Consistent Message

The On-Pack Recycling Label scheme aims to deliver a simple, consistent and UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging – whatever your sector – to help consumers recycle more material correctly, more often. That simple consistent message is now recognised by more than 3 in 4 consumers, with over 570 members now using it.

Forest Stewardship Council®

The FSC® is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.

FSC runs the global forest certification system with two key components, Forest Management and Chain of Custody. FSC also licenses retailers and other end users to promote FSC certified products, without holding FSC certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests recycled materials and/or other controlled sources.

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At PEFC, we care for forests globally and locally. We work to protect our forests by promoting sustainable forest management through certification. This means we can all benefit from the many products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come.

Forest certification provides a mechanism to promote the sustainable management of our forests and ensures that forest-based products reaching the marketplace have been sourced from sustainably managed forests.

British Sandwich Association

The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association represents those businesses where sandwiches form a core part of the Food To Go offer.

Originally named the British Sandwich Association, our remit has grown over the years and we officially changed our name in 2015 to formally include the wider food to go market. For brevity, the BSA is still used as it has long since been a recognised shorthand for the Association. 

We set technical standards, encourage innovation and excellence while providing a collective voice for all involved in the making, distribution and retailing of sandwiches, sushi, salads, baked goods and the full spectrum of food to go.


Sedex is a membership organisation that provides one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains. We provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.

Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA)

The FPA is the representative voice of the industry, promoting the responsible manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, usage and disposal of food and foodservice packaging.

With packaging in the news every day, there has never been a more important time to be a member of the trade association that best represents your business at all levels.

The FPA engages with all four UK governments representing the industry with key departments and committees including Defra, HM Treasury and BEIS. The FPA collaborates with other trade associations with a strong packaging remit such as INCPEN, UK Hospitality, the British Takeaway Campaign, Pack2Go Europe, Confederation of Paper Industries, British Plastics Federation and the Packaging Federation.

Woodland Trust

We’re planting to tackle climate change. Trees are one of the best ways to fight a changing climate.

We plant woods and trees to combat climate change, build a greener future for the UK and create havens for wildlife.

We restore, we bring damaged woods back to life. We restore these irreplaceable ecosystems so wildlife can thrive once again.

We protect by saving woods from decimation. We stand against needless destruction and lead the fight against tree pests and diseases.

We care for over 1,000 woods, keeping them open for you to explorer and enjoy. We want to inspire a love for woods and trees for generations to come.

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