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Sonoco to Help Small, Diverse Businesses Become Sustainable

Article-Sonoco to Help Small, Diverse Businesses Become Sustainable

Sonoco, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, announces a partnership with ACF Enterprises, a WBENC-certified training company, to launch a Supplier Sustainability Engagement Initiative.

The goal of the initiative is to assist small firms in developing a sustainability program by providing guidance and access to powerful learning tools, such as webinars, templates, worksheets, and online courses.

"Sustainability is increasingly at the forefront of sourcing decision-making," said Marc Ensign, director, category management, supplier diversity and sustainability for Sonoco. "This training should make small firms more attractive and appealing to other companies."

Viewers will receive a free e-book entitled The Sustainable Advantage: Expert Advice on how to be a Valued Supplier, written by Icy L.
Williams and Joan Carroll-Flowers. The authors explain how lower-tier suppliers can gain a competitive advantage in the public and private sector supply chains. Williams is the former supplier diversity leader at Procter & Gamble and current president of Atmos 360.

“Small and diverse firms looking to reduce their energy use, manage their carbon emissions, and make operations more environmental friendly will benefit significantly from the training," said Carroll-Flowers, ACF's president.

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