Scholle IPN Corporation and its subsidiaries proudly support the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (Act), which prohibits slavery and human trafficking from its supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale. In compliance with the Act, Scholle IPN Corporation trains its supply chain employees and management with respect to mitigating slavery and human trafficking risks within the supply chain of its products, and, upon request, obtains written verification from its suppliers that materials incorporated into supplier’s products purchased by Scholle IPN comply with applicable laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the country or countries in which the suppliers are doing business. In accordance with the Act, Scholle IPN directly obtains self-certification of compliance from its suppliers, in lieu of less effective unannounced verification audits conducted by itself or third parties. Violations of the Act shall be referred to Scholle IPN’s Legal department for appropriate follow-up, in accordance with its accountability practices.
This statement is made on behalf of Scholle IPN UK Ltd., the local affiliate of the Scholle IPN global network of companies.
Modern slavery encompasses human trafficking, forced labor and servitude. Scholle IPN has a zero-tolerance to modern slavery of any kind. We acknowledge that companies can play an important role in eradicating this global challenge by implementing business practices in their operations which affect the qualification and ongoing engagement of their supply chain.
The success and sustainability of our company are, to a great extent, contingent on the respect and dignity with which we treat our employees. Scholle IPN strongly opposes the use of child labor, forced labor, and all other forms of human exploitation whether physical, emotional or psychological in nature.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to implementing effective systems and controls to safeguard against any form of slavery in our business. We expect our vendors and suppliers to apply the same standards and will continue to work with them to further develop and implement mechanisms toward this goal.
Scholle IPN is an industry-leading performance packaging company that manufactures flexible packaging solutions for a variety of applications including food, beverage, and industrial markets around the world. We offer bag-in-box, aseptic pouch packaging, plastic films, filling equipment, and packaging components like fitments and connectors.
Scholle IPN implements a series of internal practices to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner consistent with applicable laws in all jurisdictions where we operate. Our stance against any form of modern day slavery is reflected in the following Scholle IPN business practices and policies:
Scholle IPN operates with a supplier policy and maintains an authorized supplier list. To qualify as a Scholle IPN supplier, our prospective business partners first undergo a clearance / due diligence process which helps us confirm their standing as law abiding corporate citizens. As part of doing business with Scholle IPN, in addition to our due diligence process, our providers must also agree to grant our purchasing personnel and audit teams access to their facilities for verification of their manufacturing processes, practices, and working conditions.
Most of our suppliers are large, established world-class manufacturers who are contractually obligated to comply with all applicable laws including prohibitions on the use of forced labor and human trafficking. The failure to comply with our business standards will be considered by us as a contractual breach and may result in the termination of our business relationship with any non-compliant parties.
The effectiveness of our practices and policies in respect of avoidance of human trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery will be evident if no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that any instances of such practices have been identified.
The good preservation of the product is directly related to connect with the correct utilization of the aseptic bags. The following instructions are of importance:
If the carton containing the aseptic bags is received damaged, to such extent that the contents are exposed, do not use the bags. Keep the aseptic bags in protected warehouses and under correct environmental and hygienic conditions. Bags must be stored between 5°C (41°F) and 32°C (90°F).
In particular keep bags away from:
The bag will remain aseptic if not tampered with. Be careful not to damage the bags when opening the boxes. Collect the bags from their boxes individually only at the moment of the filling process, carefully avoiding any possible damage.
All bags remaining after filling operations must be carefully packed in the original cartons in order to avoid bag damage. It is the expectation that unfilled bags will be suitable for use 36 months from the date of Manufacture, provided that the storage and warehousing conditions detailed above are adhered to. It is recommended that the principle of ‘First in First out’ should be applied on unfilled bags If this time period is exceeded it is a requirement to contact your bag manufacturer prior to usage.
Cartons are identified with a irradiation indicator. Always check that the irradiation indicator dots (indication the bag aseptic conditions) are of the correct colour, which is red. Never use boxes with a yellow dot (bags are not irradiated). In case of doubt, please contact your supplier in writing within 7 days after receipt of the bags.
The dimensions of the bags are proportionate to the size of the outer container. The dimensions of the bags will have to be determined by supplier’s technicians: the internal size of the outer container must be advised upon placing the order for aseptic bags. The inner side of the outer container must be free from cutting edges, scratches or impurities, in order to avoid damage to the bag (cuts, holes) during filling and transport operations.
Handle the aseptic bag with care during the filling operation ensuring the bag is correctly held by the pincer/clamps to minimise the strain applied to the fitment. During filling, the bag film should not be in direct contact with hot parts on the fill head. Avoid steam or hot condensate from flowing on to the bag film during the filling process.
The container lift system or fill head movement should ensure that the product load is supported by the container during the complete filling process. The establishment of the correct sequence of outer container lift or fill head movement steps should minimize the weight carried by the fitment with the pincer/clamp only releasing at the end of the cycle. It is particular important to check that the closure is correctly placed in the spout. After filling, carefully fold the empty corners of the bag towards the center, taking care to avoid creases and smoothing the surface. Make sure that the filled bag is completely supported by the outer container.
Avoid the introduction of any foreign bodies which may damage the aseptic bag. Take care not to pinch the bag with the cover when closing the outer container. The cover of the outer container must close tightly. It is important to keep a record of the production date, the filling head number, the temperature of the filling head and the bag number going with each outer container. This will avoid handling of all outer containers in case of accidents, because it will enable you to identify and to sort out the claimed lot, thus saving time and money and allowing immediate control and evaluation of eventual damages.
IMPORTANT: For Liquid Product Bags
Avoid head space between the filled bag and the top cover of the drum or other outer container.
Should head space exist, it should be completely filled in order to prevent excessive movement of the bag within the outer container.
The under-mentioned conditions are to be respected in case of the use of sterilizing liquids. The chlorine salts, which are used in solution for sterilization in the filling areas, must have chlorine concentration not higher than 250PPM and they must be buffered so as to keep the pH of the solutions at 7 + 1. Carefully remove excess sterilizing liquid once the bag has been closed. Metal attack which may occur as a consequence of not respecting the above conditions, will not be recognized. Usage of other sterilization liquids will be subject to approval of both bag and filler supplier.
In case of steam sterilization up to 105°C, only bags with suitable fitments and films for this particular system must be used.
In order to get a good result, the filled containers must be adequately protected against sun, rain, dust and excessive temperatures. The filled containers must be placed and tied firmly together on proper pallets during factory shifting and shipping, to avoid any kind of movement.
Do not transport filled containers at temperatures below 1°C, to avoid ice forming on the surface of the product, which could irreparably damage the bag.
The aseptic bag is only one of the elements of a system for the preservation of a product. It is clear that any stage before the filling operation (for example during the sterilization of the product) can cause problems that are not related to the bag. It is therefore essential, in case of a claim, that supplier’s technicians are allowed to verify the production process and records (in particular records of temperatures in the filling head during production) and also maintenance actions on the filling machine before the aseptic season, in order to identify the true origin of the problem. No damage claims will be accepted without proper documentation on part of the customer.