Material Sustainability In ITC’s Businesses
All ITC Units continue to pursue efficient use of raw materials through extensive R&D and waste elimination/reduction through process management. In addition, all Businesses are focused on sustainable sourcing of raw materials to ensure their long-term availability at fair market prices.
A large proportion of raw materials used in ITC businesses are agricultural produce. Our Social and Farm Forestry models, watershed management programmes, empowering the marginal farmers through e-Choupals (described elsewhere in this report), etc have helped us progress towards raw material sustainability in ITC Businesses. In 2012-13, ITC consumed over 24,00,000 tonnes of externally sourced raw materials, out of which close to 97% are agri based products grown on long standing farm land or low productivity wastelands.
Environmental Footprint of Our Products
ITC products can be broadly classified into the following categories:
1. FMCG (B To C) Products
Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care Products
2. Industrial Supplies And Exports
Paper; Paperboards; Packaging; Leaf Tobacco; etc
Hotels and ITC Infotech
Since ITC is vertically integrated to a large extent, it provides opportunities for successive value addition, within the system for several categories of products such as paperboards for packaging. This integration provides the Company unique opportunities to establish synergy thereby minimising environmental impact through optimum utilisation of raw materials, recycling/ reuse of wastes and optimum logistics and transportation. This synergy, significantly, reduces the environmental footprint of ITC products and services.
We have completed studies on life cycle assessment of different products. Based on the learnings that have emanated, we plan to carry out more such studies of products/services to evaluate the environmental impacts at the various life cycle stages and thereby identify opportunities for improving their environmental attributes.