WRAP is a climate action NGO working around the globe to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and give the planet a sustainable future. The organisation was established in the UK in 2000; and now works in 40+ countries.
One of WRAP’s unique skills is the organisation’s ability to convene across international experts, and contexts. The organisation is curious and engaged regarding the context we are working in, and is therefore able to synthesize and translate expertise and others insights to be helpful to where we are in South Africa.
In the context of our work as the SA Plastics Pact, WRAP has a range of experts in-house who can feed in and bring perspectives across topics from plastic conversion and recycling, to alternatives to plastics, to sound evidence-based guidance for packaging design and selection, to consumer communication and behaviour change.
WRAP and GreenCape, the SA Plastics Pact secretariat, continue to partner, as part of WRAP’s network of Plastics Pacts, in further developing the SA Plastics Pact by growing the membership, and driving progress towards the 2025 targets, with a view to developing targets for 2030.
WRAP has also supported GreenCape and the SA Plastics Pact on specific projects, for example with a recent UKRI project. The aim of this project was to sustain and continue to build the momentum of the collaboration towards the 2025 targets, in the following four key areas:
- Growing the Pact business membership and thereby increase the proportion of plastic packaging placed on the market in SA represented by Pact members
- IMPACT actions by Pact members will therefore have greater impact nationally to drive a circular economy for plastic packaging in South Africa
- Increasing member action in specific areas towards Pact targets, through regular member meetings and the co-development of action plans specifically tailored to each member
- IMPACT increased member retention, and more focused member support, and retained focus on Pact target
- Convene collaborations among key Pact members and stakeholders to drive progress on high impact activities
- IMPACT specific areas identified as critical to achieving Pact targets are focus areas for collaboration, to boost progress towards Pact targets
- Transparent annual reporting to highlight member progress, and incentivise further progress towards 2025 targets
- IMPACT focus areas for Pact activities can be highlighted for re-assessing and redesigning Pact activities as needed; members are acknowledged for their actions, and new members are potentially attracted.
The SA Plastics Pact is grateful to WRAP UK for their ongoing support.