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IMAGINING AND DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

We are Connecting People to Products®, safely and sustainably. We imagine a world where fiber-based packaging plays a central role in advancing a more circular economy.

Building on a 100-year legacy in sustainable forestry with renewable, nature-based packaging at its core, we promise to continue to refine our approach by assessing and addressing three major areas where we can make a difference:

WestRock's sustainability pillars are built around supporting people and communities,; bettering the planet; and innovating for our customers and their customers

WestRock creates customized, value-added solutions using the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of sustainable paper and packaging products. 

Building on a legacy in sustainable forestry, we are advancing sustainable packaging—reimagining how we are Connecting People to Products® in a way that is right-sized, renewable, recyclable and compostable.

We are Connecting People to Products® at every step—from our fiber sourcing team, paper scientists, packaging engineers and designers, manufacturing operations and recycling professionals. Together we make packaging as strong, efficient and sustainable as possible.

Watch to learn more about WestRock’s sustainability story.

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Sustainable Packaging Solutions Driving a More Circular Economy
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Sustainable Packaging Solutions Driving a More Circular Economy

"Fitting a Square Inside The Circle" was a live, virtual event with The Coca-Cola Company, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)

Fitting A Square Inside the Circle
Corrugated pizza boxes are recyclable!
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Corrugated pizza boxes are recyclable!

Did you know corrugated pizza boxes are recyclable? We’re partnering with pizza companies as well as The Recycling Partnership and the American Forest and Paper Association to help educate our communities about pizza box recycling. Learn more.

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Greenbiz.com: Building Sustainable Product Life Cycles: A Q&A with WestRock’s Chief Innovation Officer
Packaging Strategies: Coca-Cola Europe to Use Westrock CanCollar Eco for Multi-Packs
FastCompany.com: Your old pizza box isn’t actually too greasy to recycle
Advancing Sustainable Packaging
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Advancing Sustainable Packaging

Sustainability has always been an important part of our company’s history — conservation and sustainable forest management are in our DNA. 

Advancing Sustainable Packaging
The Secret to Successful, Sustainable E-Commerce Business: Automated Packaging
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The Secret to Successful, Sustainable E-Commerce Business: Automated Packaging

Automation might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sustainability, but it is a core element of WestRock’s approach.

Automated Packaging

Reporting Our Progress

As we strengthen our partnerships with customers and communities, we are committed to transparency in reporting. Our sustainability reports are prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. 

VIEW OUR 2019 GRI Report
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VIEW OUR 2019 GRI Report

Our sustainability platform is built on our commitment to people and communities, to our customers and to a better planet.

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Our Goals

Measuring up.

Accountability is a core value at WestRock, and we are committed to providing our stakeholders with regular and transparent reporting on our progress against each of our goals.

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Chain of Custody

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Chain of Custody

Our goal is to certify all of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities across the globe to internationally recognized chain-of-custody certification standards by 2025.

Chain-of-custody certification is a process that allows us to track the wood fiber that we purchase from the forest through our manufacturing facilities to our customers. This level of traceability through our supply chain provides greater transparency into the responsible sourcing of our wood fiber.

Current Status: 81% of global facilities are chain of custody certified

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Communities

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Communities

Our goal is give back to the communities where we live and work through charitable contributions and volunteer activities.

We are deeply connected to the places where we live and work. We support local communities through charitable giving and encourage teammates to volunteer their time and talents in ways that benefit their communities.

Current Status: Employee Relief Fund provided more than 1000 grants totaling $2.4 million to WestRock team members since 2005

 

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Energy Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency

Our goal is to increase energy efficiency of purchased fuels by 10% per ton of production from a 2015 baseline by 2025.

Our most energy intensive operations generate most of their own steam and electricity by using highly efficient combined heat and power systems fueled with renewable biomass. However, we are always searching for ways to increase our energy efficiency in order to benefit both the environment and our bottom line.

Current Status: Three percent decrease in energy efficiency since 2015

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Greenhouse Gases

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Greenhouse Gases

Our goal is to reduce our CO2e emissions by 20% per ton of production from a 2015 baseline by 2025.

WestRock is committed to acting as a responsible steward of the environment, and we are always looking for opportunities to improve the environmental footprint of our manufacturing operations. Our environmental commitment includes efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels.

Current Status: 15 percent intensity reduction and 21 percent absolute reduction since 2015

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Innovation

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Innovation

Our goal is to apply sustainable design principles to all of our product design work.

We believe sustainability drives innovation. Designing products that use renewable fiber, optimize the use of materials, and are recyclable at the end of their useful life benefits the environment and is good for business—our customers’ and ours.

Current Status: Launched 27 new products with defined sustainability benefits in FY2019

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Safety

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Safety

Our goal is to reduce our OSHA incident rate by 25% from a 2015 baseline by 2025 with the ultimate goal of becoming an injury-free workplace.

The most basic promise we can make as employees of the company is to work safely, look out for one another and return home to our families and friends safe and healthy, every day.

Current Status: Recordable Incident Rate increased 14% from 2015 baseline

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Supplier Diversity

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Supplier Diversity

Our goal is create a more diverse and robust supply chain by increasing our managed spend with minority-owned businesses and suppliers.

We are working to create a more diverse supply chain. We believe that increasing supplier diversity will create more routes for us to procure the goods and services that our operations rely on, in addition to providing fresh perspectives on our business.

Current Status: $900 million spent with diverse suppliers in calendar 2019

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Water Use

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Water Use

Our goal is to map the water use in our most water-intensive manufacturing operations by 2018 and develop water reduction plans for strategic watersheds by 2020.

Our largest facilities have manufacturing processes that use water for a variety of process purposes, and having a clean and abundant supply of water is critical to our operations. In order to protect local and regional water supplies, we intend to develop site-specific strategies for improving water conservation and increasing water recycling at our containerboard and paperboard mills.

Current Status: Developed site specific water reduction plans for largest water users in VA & FL - met 2018 and 2020 aspects of water goal

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Certified Fiber

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Certified Fiber

Our goal is to increase our purchases of virgin fiber from lands certified to credible forest management standards by 25% by 2025.

We support forest certification, a voluntary, third-party verified process by which forest landowners adhere to a prescribed set of sustainable forest management practices. Procuring wood fiber from these lands demonstrates our commitment to sustainable use of forest resources.

Current Status: Net decrease of 4.7% in the purchase of virgin fiber from our 2015 baseline. 

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Certified Land

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Certified Land

Our goal is to promote increases in the amount of land that is certified to internationally recognized forest management standards through our landowner outreach activities.

We understand the land management needs of small, private forest owners and can provide them with resources to help them certify their properties to recognized international standards. Increasing the amount of certified land will create a more abundant supply of sustainable, virgin fiber for our operations.

Current Status: More than 514,000 acres certified since 2015.

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Sustainable Fiber

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Sustainable Fiber

Renew. Recover. Recycle.

Paper is the original green packaging.

Our products made with virgin fiber—a renewable resource—begin with wood sourced from responsibly managed forests. We actively promote efforts to increase the amount of land certified to recognized forest management standards and have created one of the largest chain-of-custody certified fiber procurement organizations in the industry.

We also have one of the industry’s largest recycling networks, and reuse fiber-based packaging to manufacture a variety of new paperboard and 100-percent recycled products.

We believe the most sustainable approach to fiber sourcing is one that balances virgin and recycled materials.

Learn more about WestRock Recycling

Fiber Sourcing

Sustainability is in our roots.

Our love of forests and our commitment to responsibly sourcing the wood fiber we use is embodied in what we do every day. Our team of forestry professionals has a long history of educating landowners and communities on the best practices for managing forest lands, and the research programs we support help ensure the health and productivity of our forests for years to come.

We’ve created one of the industry’s largest independently audited systems for tracking and ensuring that the wood harvested for use in our manufacturing operations is done in compliance with laws, with respect for traditional and human rights, and in a manner that protects forest ecosystems and regions of high conservation value.

WestRock’s fiber certification systems provide our company and yours with assurance that the paper and packaging products we make contain fiber from well-managed forests.

View our forestry and fiber certifications Learn more about our Forest Resources team and landowner resources

Policies & Certifications

Our policies reflect our core values and commitment to sustainability.

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