ATLANTA, May 25, 2023 -- WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, has published its 2022 Sustainability Report, including details about the comprehensive efforts the Company is making to advance industry-leading sustainability efforts for and with its customers, and to imagine and deliver on the promise of a sustainable future. With approximately 50,000 team members around the world and billions of packages in circulation, WestRock believes it has the responsibility and the ability to help the world make meaningful progress toward a more circular and sustainable economy.
The 2022 WestRock Sustainability Report includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies, activities and performance for fiscal year 2022, and tracks progress toward the refreshed commitments set last year on an action-oriented course for the future. Some of the key advancements across its three strategic sustainability pillars include:
- Supporting our People and Communities: Spent more than $1 billion with nearly 3,800 small and diverse-owned suppliers, exceeding its spending goal of $975 million.
- Bettering the Planet: Made progress toward its scope 1 and 2 science-based targets (SBTIs), with a 5.6% reduction from our 2019 baseline. Provided disclosures informed by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.
- Innovating for Our Customers: Found new ways to replace plastic with fiber-based materials, enhancing circularity by partnering with customers on recycling initiatives and advancing alternative packaging solutions such as EnShield®, CanCollar® and BoxSizer®.
- Providing Corporate Governance: Established the WestRock Sustainability Council of functional leaders from across the enterprise and strengthened the governance of its sustainability program at the board of directors level.
Moving forward, WestRock will continue advancing its sustainability mission by measuring against the pillars and commitments it has defined to chart a pathway to a better planet. To learn more about WestRock's holistic approach to sustainability and progress against its commitments, please visit https://www.westrock.com/sustainability.
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) is a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions, with approximately 50,000 teammates in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Our integrated packaging capabilities offer end-to-end solutions to help customers address their greatest challenges.
Robby Johnson, 470-328-6397
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications