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The World Packaging Organisation - WPO was founded 1968, and it portrays a story of success as the organisation remains relevant and useful in an ever changing environment. The vision of WPO is “Better quality of life, through better packaging for more people”. This vision fully covers the global initiative of sustainable development and supports the realities associated with the “Packaging revolution” that is sweeping many of the developing countries around the world. WPO’s mission is to encourage the development of packaging technology, science and engineering; To contribute to the development of international trade and stimulate and implement education and training in packaging. Supporting the establishment of packaging organisations, and together with our partners, offer ongoing support to these new entities.

WPO operates a dynamic website and an electronic newsletter which provide up to date news, market and technical information. Positional papers are published to communicate WPO perspectives on subjects such as, Market Development, International Trade, Food Security, Traceability, Health and Sustainability. It is the intention of WPO to be a reference regarding matters related to packaging.

WPO engages in training, promotion, innovation, development and networking in packaging, with a special emphasis on developing countries. Through these efforts, WPO strives to assist in the development of the global packaging community, and its recognition. WPO activities support globalisation and the opportunities to export packaging and packaged products to the global market. WPO assists national institutes with training programmes designed to assist developing countries acquire up to date information required to modernize their economies and elevate their own level of packaging expertise to global standards and provide the necessary packaging knowledge and support to ensure sustainable global standards are achieved.

Every year, WPO organises the internationally acclaimed WorldStar Awards,, which illustrate the continual advancement of the state of the packaging art, thereby creating a standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn. The program offers the opportunity for companies to be recognized and rewarded for outstanding design and innovation achievements. The judges’ criteria include functional innovation in protection, handling, information, design, appeal, quality, economy and environmental compatibility. All packages which have already won recognition in recognised a national and/or regional competition are eligible to enter WorldStar.

WorldStar Student awards seeks to stimulate packaging design and innovation amongst young people, providing an insight into the opportunities to be discovered in the packaging industry and hopefully encourage these young people to become part of the excitement of creating new packaging concepts on an ongoing basis. This awards programme is held each year. WPO work is carried out jointly by members and other partners. Strategic partners of WPO include ITC, the International Trade Centre and IPPO, the International Packaging Press Organisation.


IAPRI 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. For more information please click here

Latest News

IAPRI Extends the Deadline for the PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. We have a number of members who are interested in hosting students and we will help applicants contact potential hosts.

The deadline for submissions has beem extended until the 19th of March 2018. Full details will be found at