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Our vision to be the best paper and packaging company in the world drives everything we do. We’re innovating to help our customers reach their sustainability goals and win in the market. Setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Stewarding natural resources. Working toward 100% safety. Becoming an employer of choice.  

Through these and many other efforts, we aim to help our business, our customers, our team members, our investors and our communities realize the promise of a sustainable future. 

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Circularity at WestRock

Our fiber-based packaging solutions have a continuous lifecycle beyond the shelf.

Our Spheres of Sustainability

Our Spheres of Sustainability

At WestRock, we imagine and deliver on the promise of a sustainable future: Innovating to Serve Our Customers and Their Customers, Bettering the Planet and Supporting People and Communities.

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Bettering the Planet
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Bettering the Planet

We believe that sustainable environmental practices are sustainable business practices. And we embrace our responsibility to promote the health of the environment for future generations.

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Innovating to Serve Our Customers and Their Customers
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Innovating to Serve Our Customers and Their Customers 

We partner with our customers to help them meet their customers’ demands and their sustainability goals, now and in the future. That work takes the expertise and creativity to develop new ideas and the willingness to pursue them. It takes innovation.

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Supporting People and Communities
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Supporting People and Communities

We support our teammates’ success through programs, practices and policies that ensure their safety and promote their growth, and we give back to the communities where we operate.

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Data and Resource Center
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Data and Resource Center

Review year-over-year ESG performance data, reports and other resources about sustainability at WestRock.

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Our Spheres of Sustainability

At WestRock, we imagine and deliver on the promise of a sustainable future: Innovating to Serve Our Customers and Their Customers, Bettering the Planet and Supporting People and Communities.

Sustainability Targets Highlights

carbon emission

Carbon (GHG Emissions)

carbon emission

Carbon (GHG Emissions)

Science-based target to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27.5% by 2030 from a 2019 base year, and Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services, fuel and energy activities, upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, and end of life treatment of sold products by 27.5% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.

sustainable packaging

Sustainable Packaging

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Sustainable Packaging

By 2025, 100% of WestRock's products will be recyclable, compostable or reusable, driving the transition to a more circular economy through cutting edge innovation.

sustainable forestry

Sustainable Forestry

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Sustainable Forestry

Source 100% of virgin fiber from responsibly managed forests and support 1.5 million acres of forestland certified to recognized forest management standards by 2030.

water stewardship

Water Stewardship

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Water Stewardship

Enhance water management systems at all mills by the end of 2030, as part of a commitment to reduce our water intake by 15% by 2030 from a 2019 baseline.

safety

Safety

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Safety

Strive for a 100% safe culture by driving continuous improvement to reduce risk in the workplace, eliminate life-changing accidents and support our teammates’ wellbeing.

diversity and inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion

By 2025, invest to improve at all levels for women, people of color and veterans, achieve high employee engagement and spend over $975 million with diverse businesses.

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Training and Education

training and education

Training and Education

By 2030, reduce barriers to technical education and skills by training one million individuals, including 250,000 economically disadvantaged people and 250,000 veterans.

A Message From Our CEO

Sustainability and innovation are fundamental to WestRock’s vision to become the world’s best paper and packaging company. 

Our customers have ambitious goals to reduce their environmental footprints. They scrutinize their suppliers’ environmental practices, and they value partners who can help them reach their goals and satisfy customers while winning in the marketplace. We are that partner for paper and packaging, and we are working continuously to deliver more valuable support and innovation.  

We are not on this journey alone. With nearly 50,000 team members around the world and billions of packages in circulation, we believe we have the responsibility and the ability to help the world make meaningful progress toward a more circular, more sustainable economy. Together with our teammates, customers, community members, investors, and suppliers, we are imagining and delivering on the promise of a sustainable future. 

Sincerely, 
David Sewell, Chief Executive Officer

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David Sewell

“Embedding sustainability throughout our company is a business imperative.”
- David B. Sewell

The Principles That Guide Us

Our sustainability work is rooted in our core values. They guide the ways we support our team members, our communities, our investors and the planet.

Our Values

Integrity - WestRock Employee ValuesIntegrity

We are honest and ethical and do the right thing.

Accountability - WestRock Employee ValuesAccountability

We are responsible to our stakeholders, including our fellow team members, customers, investors, communities and suppliers.

Respect - WestRock Employee ValuesRespect

We treat people with respect and act in ways that earn others’ respect.

Excellence - WestRock Employee ValuesExcellence

We strive to perform at the highest levels at all times.

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