We’re Working Toward 2020

In 2011, we established a set of sustainability goals that are intended to guide our efforts to advance our performance in six different areas by 2020. We have had successes and challenges in trying to reach these goals.

In some areas we have had to reassess our direction based on what we have learned during the past two years. For example, we have adjusted the baseline year used for our safety goal from 2009 to 2012 to ensure that we are comparing statistics developed using a common set of standards. We also are revising our waste goal to focus more broadly on recycling and give our facilities the opportunity to develop location-specific strategies for diverting waste from landfills.

In other areas, we have had great success. Our project to obtain triple chain-of-custody fiber certifications for all of our wholly owned manufacturing operations is complete, and we won the 2014 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for the innovative way we designed our certification program. We also have made significant progress on a number of other sustainability fronts, including improving energy efficiency by 5 percent since 2009 and reducing our CO2 emissions by 8 percent during the same timeframe.

We are following the right path on our journey to Make It Better®.

Read Our Environmental Policy

RockTenn Environmental Policy

Operating in an environmentally responsible manner is fundamental to how we conduct business at RockTenn.

We are committed to compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and approach our environmental obligations in an ethical manner. We perform routine environmental assessments of our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are satisfying our environmental responsibilities and conduct appropriate follow-up to assessment findings. Our business unit and facility managers are accountable for environmental compliance and empowered to take actions that ensure we consistently meet our environmental obligations.

Our dedication to environmental stewardship also means that we:

  • Use raw materials, energy and water in our manufacturing operations as efficiently as possible;
  • Design and manufacture products that meet customer needs and the highest standards of product safety;
  • Identify ways to maximize end-of-life recycling opportunities for our packaging;
  • Assist our customers in achieving their environmental sustainability goals related to packaging;
  • Act as a good environmental steward in the communities where we operate;
  • Conduct ongoing educational programs for our co-workers to promote awareness and accountability on environmental and product certification matters;
  • Regularly report our environmental performance to the Board of Directors; and
  • Continuously look for opportunities to improve our environmental management systems and performance.

RockTenn co-workers share the responsibility for doing the right thing for the environment and carrying out the environmental stewardship principles set forth in this policy. RockTenn is committed to providing the resources necessary to implement our environmental policy, and management will conduct periodic reviews to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.

Goals & Progress


Fiber Sourcing

Fiber Sourcing

Safety

Safety

Energy

Energy



Greenhouse Gas

CO2 Emissions

Water

Water

Waste

Waste and Recycling