About This Report

This report contains information about RockTenn’s environmental, social and economic performance, as well as our progress toward achieving a set of 2020 sustainability goals that cover the areas of fiber certification, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions, water use, safety and waste. This report focuses on the sustainability issues that most impact our business and are of interest to our various stakeholders. Our last sustainability report was published in 2012.

RockTenn defined its sustainability goals by reviewing the various economic, social and environmental impacts of its manufacturing operations and identifying those issues of greatest priority. (See our papermaking process map in the Goals & Progress section of this website for information on how our sustainability goals are linked to our operations.) The goals and sustainability priorities of the company have been established by the Sustainability Council, a cross-functional team of RockTenn representatives from each of our businesses and key corporate functions, with input from our senior executive leaders. RockTenn’s sustainability goals are consistent with the Better Practices, Better Planet sustainability framework established by the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) for its member companies. AF&PA is a leading trade association for the forest products industry. We also benchmark our sustainability goals with other pulp and paper companies.

We used the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3.0 Indicator Protocols to compile this report and self-declare, with verification, that it meets Level B application requirements under the GRI guidelines, when supplemented with additional information indicated as hyperlinks in this report.

RockTenn is committed to the accuracy of the metrics and information contained in this report. Our quantitative data covers fiscal years 2009 through 2014, except where otherwise noted, and has been reviewed by subject matter experts and members of Data & Metrics Subcommittee of the RockTenn Sustainability Council. We also have accounted for various changes in our business. Specifically, we have adjusted our 2009 baseline for our sustainability goals for energy, CO2 emissions and water use to reflect RockTenn’s 2013 acquisition of a containerboard mill in Tacoma, Wash. The information in this report is limited to operations wholly owned by RockTenn and RTS Packaging, LLC.

The scope of this sustainability metrics report as it applies to energy, Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions and water use includes all of RockTenn’s North American paper mills. Our data is based on procurement and facility environmental records. Where applicable, CO2 data was developed using calculations consistent with the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

The scope of this report as it applies to our safety performance includes all RockTenn facilities. The baseline used to measure our performance against our safety goal has been revised from 2009 to 2012. We re-established the baseline for this goal in order to reflect that we became a company of 27,000 employees in May 2011. All of our employees are now working within a common safety system, and we have determined that moving our baseline to 2012 will better reflect the current size of our workforce and provide a clearer picture of our progress on safety.

We also have revised our waste goal since our 2012 sustainability report was published. The goal was revised to reflect that certain recycling equipment we hoped to install to achieve our waste reduction goal has not become available for commercial-scale operation on the timetable we expected. As we have further examined our solid waste practices, it also has become clear that each of our facilities faces unique issues with respect to recycling. These opportunities and challenges need to be explored, so we have decided to implement waste minimization teams at each of our large paperboard manufacturing mills by the end of 2016.

We also have established a new fiber certification goal since our last sustainability report was published in 2012. Our new goal is to increase the amount of certified fiber that we procure by 20 percent from a 2013 baseline by the year 2020.

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