I’m Caterina, an Italian-Swedish sustainability phanatic living in the Netherlands who was very lucky to convert my biggest passion into my profession. My passion for sustainability started when I was very young as a member of several NGO’s and I soon released that creating awareness at all levels was a very important first step. But having a deep knowledge on this topic and its different aspects had to come next. Therefore, I decided to study chemistry and specifically environmental chemistry. Sustainability is a very broad and dynamic concept. Therefore, acquiring complementary hard and soft skills has been, and still is, a very important part of my personal development and fundamentally necessary to create a positive impact at a bigger level, as for example in international corporations where I chose to work.
My job is about making the company fit for the long-term future in relation to environmental, social and governance issues. It is about working for creating long-term value for all our stakeholders rather than just ethics. I’m dealing with numerous tasks associated with innovation, operations, customers and communities relations, communications, compliance, reporting, finance, etc every day so it is not possible to improve PACCOR’s sustainability only by myself and 100% of my job is therefore about interaction with others. Also, to deliver impact, sustainability must be embedded in everyday’s business, it should be how we do business, so a large part of my job is also about fostering the right corporate culture.
Trained Ph.D. chemist with specialization in inorganic and environmental chemistry, with almost 25 years of leading sustainable business strategy developments and implementation with businesses & functions in international Corporations (chemical, pulp/paper, paints and coatings and packaging industry).
I’m already working with my dream job, but if I have to choose I would say that is to create a tangible positive environmental and societal impact in practice and at scale, and to contribute to delivering a scientific based argumentation to the overall plastic packaging discussion.
There is still a lot of misinformation about plastics in public debates and decisions are often taken based on public beliefs more than science-based facts or holistic considerations. One typical example is that there is a big difference between plastic and plastic waste, but often these two terms are taken as synonyms. Investments in consumers’ education is the key.
Sustainability, of course! But also diversity and inclusion. For PACCOR a diverse and inclusive workplace means creating an organization where people feel included, respected and engaged. We believe it is important to attract talents from all demographics, because diverse and inclusive teams are better able to understand our customers and innovate to meet society’s current and future needs. On the gender diversity, if one think that 50% of our management team is composed by women and overall women in management position are more than 32%, then one realizes how well embedded is the diversity and inclusion value in PACCOR’s daily business and how it makes us unique in the packaging sector.
I always had a passion for sustainability and wanted to improve life on earth, especially to protect all natural species. I’m very lucky to have this as part of my daily work in a company which wants to be the leader in circular economy and makes it the way in which we do business.
My biggest learning ist that plastic packaging is sustainable and in most cases better than alternatives.
Great support! Starting with genuine interest in my wellbeing and by creating an open and collaborative working climate with continuous information sharing.