International plastics and additives distributor Biesterfeld Plastic has now also joined the ranks of raw materials suppliers who have earned ISCC Plus certification.
A voluntary commitment, the certification is an affirmation of the Biesterfeld Group’s ambition to promote the development of more circular materials with a lower environmental impact.
ISCC Plus - International Sustainability & Carbon Certification - is one of the world's leading certification systems for guaranteeing the sustainability of raw materials and products. The ISCC Plus standard focuses on traceability of raw materials within the supply chain, using the mass balance principle.
Applicants for ISCC Plus certification go through an audit process carried out by an independent third party, based on the applicable requirements as laid down in the ISCC system documents. It is a process that requires requires thorough preparation. For ISCC, the entire chain is always involved so that full traceability and sustainability claims are guaranteed for raw materials in every conceivable sector. In practice, this means that suppliers, producers and buyers must cooperate or be ISCC certified themselves. Moreover, since all participants in the value chain must also be ISCC Plus certified, starting from the raw material producer, the value chain becomes a chain of custody.
Hence, obtaining the certification underlines the high priority that the Biesterfeld Group attaches to the topic of sustainability, said Carsten Harms, management spokesperson at Biesterfeld Plastic and member of the executive board of the Biesterfeld Group.
The certification expands the Group’s ability to supply sustainable material solutions to its customers via warehouse and direct delivery.
“Together with our suppliers and partners, we are developing innovative solutions that provide entry into the circular economy for the plastics industry,” said Martin Umbach, member of the management board at Biesterfeld Plastic and Business Manager, Sustainable Polymer Solutions.
"With the certification, we are once again emphasising the principles of the UN Global Compact, to which the Biesterfeld Group committed itself several years ago, concluded Harms.