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What is the percentage of products and their packaging materials sold by the company that are reclaimed?
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This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers one of the requirements of Indicator G4-EN28​ - 'Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category'


The disposal of products and packaging materials at the end of a use phase is a steadily growing environmental challenge. Establishing effective recycling and reuse systems to close product cycles contributes significantly to increased material and resource efficiency. It also mitigates problems and costs related to disposal.

This Indicator provides insight into the extent to which the organization’s products, components, or materials are collected and successfully converted into useful materials for new production processes. It also provides insight into the degree to which the organization has designed products and packages capable of being recycled or reused. This measure may be a particular source of competitive differentiation in sectors facing formal requirements to recycle products and their packaging materials.


This metric is looking for the percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed:

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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate the percentage of products reclaimed - G4-EN28​:

  • ​Identify the amount of products and their packaging materials reclaimed (that is, recycled or reused) at the end of their useful life within the reporting period. Do not count rejects and recalls of products. Report recycling or reuse of packaging separately.

  • To calculate the percentage then use the following formula:

Reporting on this Indicator should include the following contextual information as a comment to the metric value:

  • ​G4-EN28-a: the percentage of reclaimed products and their packaging materials for each product category

  • G4-EN28-b: how the data for this indicator has been collected