PaperWorks releases first annual sustainability report
2010-2011 report highlights key successes in reduced emissions, water, and energy usage, as well as packaging industry recognition
Philadelphia, PA – January 3, 2013 – PaperWorks Industries, Inc., a leading North American integrated full-service packaging provider, announced the release of its first annual public sustainability report titled “Sustainability: It’s A Part of our Heritage.” Compiled according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Guidelines), the report measures performance in the years 2010 and 2011 regarding PaperWorks’ economic, social and environmental performance. It also outlines the challenges and opportunities presented by the integration of four different companies as PaperWorks develops its leadership in the field of sustainable packaging. The report is available online at http://www.paperwrks.com/paperworks-sustainability-reporting.
“This report shows more than just the results of our sustainability initiatives,” says Kyla Fisher, Sustainability Director, PaperWorks Industries, Inc. “Although PaperWorks was only established a few years ago, we wanted to address the rich heritage our legacy companies have both in the industry and in terms of sustainable performance. This report provides our staff and stakeholders with an opportunity to learn more about our history, our strengths, and our performance on social, environmental and economic areas. It’s a celebration of our staff, our services, and our organization—and ultimately encourages all of us to strive further.”
Several key successes, including reductions in emissions, water and energy usage, are featured in the sustainability report. For example, PaperWorks achieved a 2.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over one year and greatly surpassed the company’s five-year corporate goal of reducing water intensity by 5% in just one year, reducing absolute water consumption by 25% and water intensity by 16%. In terms of energy usage, PaperWorks made a significant investment, implementing energy efficiency upgrades at two of its facilities.
PaperWorks’ sustainability initiatives did not go unnoticed throughout the packaging industry, receiving recognition by Procter & Gamble as a supplier of choice for excellence in sustainable performance, while also receiving the Paperboard Packaging Council’s prestigious Eco-Award for its innovative Holobrite™ process. Finally, PaperWorks’ commitment to comprehensive first aid and safety training resulted in lifesaving interventions by staff members.
“The objective of our first sustainability report is to showcase our evolution in terms of driving efficiency across the company,” according to Mark Staton, President and CEO, PaperWorks Industries, Inc. “When effectively implemented, sustainability drives innovation and operational efficiency. Going forward, sustainability will remain a core value within our organization.”
About PaperWorks Industries
Founded in 2008, PaperWorks Industries, Inc. is a leading North American integrated full-service packaging provider. The company’s Packaging Group is considered a leading innovator in the production of specialized folding cartons, serving clients of all sizes across North America from 10 facilities. Its Paperboard Group manufactures approximately 300,000 tons of 100% recycled paperboard every year for a variety of end uses, and further specializes in the cutting and distribution of all paper types according to specific customer needs. PaperWorks Industries is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. It is home to over 1600 employees across 17 North American locations with annual sales in excess of US$600 million.
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About the Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a nonprofit and network based organization established to provide companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. By reporting transparently and with accountability, organizations can increase the trust that stakeholders have in them, and in the global economy.