Packaging giant launches funding for biodiversity projects

DS Smith has confirmed new funding is available to partnerships and charities across the UK.

The packaging firm said the DS Smith Charitable Foundation is focused on improving the environment and inspiring the next generation. As part of the company’s Now and Next Sustainability Strategy, the Foundation will offer grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 to organisations or individuals set on improving biodiversity within communities across DS Smith’s global footprint.

DS Smith revealed it will implement 100 biodiversity projects by 2025, and its paper mills will each launch biodiversity programmes. Projects eligible for the grant include wildflower meadows, community gardens or tree planting projects.

Wouter van Tol, chair of the Charitable Foundation and DS Smith’s head of sustainability, said, “As a large employer operating across multiple countries, we recognise the importance of reinvesting in our communities and supporting the natural environment. We’d love to hear from organisations across the world that are looking to improve the environment for plants and animals, protect natural habitats or enhance species diversity, and we look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of this work.”