Chris Foley, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Chris Foley shares insightful discussion on the transformation change APCO is driving in the Australian market. Discussion flows from how brands can retain social licence to operate, through the the key reason the national Packaging Targets are so permanent to the future of northstar outcomes towards circular economy.
Their vision is a packaging value chain that collaborates to keep packaging materials out of landfill and retains the maximum value of the materials, energy and labour within the local economy.
Ambition and friction point of the targets are outlined along the work related to ARL and the ANZPAC Plastics Pact. It's about collectively maintain momentum for the greater outcomes of industry, business, communities, future generations and our planet.


Chris Foley – CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Chris specialises in creating value and positive impact for large, complex businesses and organisations by improving the sustainability of their operations, products, packaging, and supply chain.

His experience includes driving system changes to deliver sustainability, product stewardship and corporate reputation outcomes in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the US. Prior to joining APCO in August 2022, Chris led strategic and transformational change in environmental sustainability across leading retailers Kmart and Target where his remit included climate change, product stewardship, circular economy, packaging, plastic, and waste.

He has also spent time in the packaging and utilities industries and government. As APCO’s CEO, Chris leads the development and execution of strategies that bring business, governments, and industry together to design, use, recover, reuse and recycle packaging to improve waste, climate, water, material, chemical and social impacts.