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Colpac has appointed Talia Goldman to the newly created role of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Manager.

The development comes as the importance of ESG is rightfully recognised as central to any leading organisations’ strategy and operations. Colpac, a UK based SME, designing and manufacturing food packaging from renewable resources, has a history of embedding sustainability into its products and has worked to have a positive impact on the industry, community, and the environment.

Now, the appointment of Talia will focus all areas of the business on continuing to strengthen Colpac’s ESG activities, whilst building a stronger voice for the company to help shape legislation and other initiatives to develop food packaging for the future.

Talia brings a wealth of experience across sustainability, communication, and environmental policy to the position. Having previously supported Colpac as Sustainability Lead while studying for an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from UCL, Talia returns to Colpac as ESG Manager having spent the last year on secondment to the Cabinet Office as a Policy Advisor on the UK’s COP26 Nature Campaign.

“Nature, deforestation, and sustainable resource use was front and centre at COP26,” comments Talia. “It was a defining moment where people realised the vital role that materials and resources play in addressing climate change, and that businesses are often a step ahead of the Government in making considerable changes as we move towards a net zero and nature positive future.”

This business commitment is reflected within Colpac. While sustainable resource use has long been at the heart of the company, through eco-design principles, waste reduction, and using recyclable and compostable materials from sustainable sources such as FSC® and PEFC™, the company has also invested in nature locally and in cutting its carbon footprint.

One of Talia’s first objectives is to scale up the company’s decarbonisation plans and continue to drive forward due diligence in the company’s multiple supply chains, in a bid to provide customers with complete traceability. “Colpac has worked hard to create an ESG foundation which underpins its business, my role is to make this as robust as possible.”

“ESG is integral to Colpac,” comments Andrew Grimbaldeston Commercial Director. “Each of the elements are central to our values. This vision is shared throughout the company as we seek to develop food packaging for the future. Now, we are witnessing a change in emphasis across the entire industry which reflects the reality that best practice goes beyond the typically narrow definitions of sustainability. Our ESG role will develop and drive our agenda forwards to meet those challenges with innovation and creativity.

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