In 2011, RockTenn created a 2020 sustainability goal to certify all of our wholly owned North American paper mills and converting operations to globally recognized forestry chain-of-custody certification standards. This chain-of-custody certification is a documented path to verify that the wood-based raw materials (virgin or recycled fiber) used in our products are obtained from responsible sources. Our 10 forestry regions were also certified to procurement standards.
As of 2014, all of our operations – approximately 160 operating facilities including 24 mills – are chain-of-custody certified to the Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI®) certified sourcing and chain-of-custody standards, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC) chain-of-custody standard and the Forest Stewardship Council® FSC-C104002 (FSC) controlled wood (integrated paper mills) and chain-of-custody standards. This unique program is one of the largest multi-site certifications in North America’s paper and packaging industry.
For these efforts we received a Leadership in Sustainability Award from the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.
“Many thanks to AF&PA for honoring RockTenn’s co-workers with the 2014 Leadership in Sustainability Award,” said RockTenn CEO Steve Voorhees. “Having a corporate-wide, certified fiber tracking and management process provides assurance to our customers and other stakeholders that our sourcing of virgin and recycled fiber follows globally accepted responsible forestry practices.”
This is the second consecutive year the AF&PA has honored RockTenn for our sustainability efforts.
RockTenn is committed to responsible procurement of wood fiber and the support of sustainable forestry practices which promote healthy and productive forests for future generations.
Responsible procurement of wood fiber is integral to RockTenn’s paper manufacturing operations. RockTenn supports and promotes sustainable land stewardship practices that integrate the growing and harvesting of trees with the protection and conservation of: soil, air and water quality; biological diversity; wildlife and aquatic habitats; recreational and aesthetic properties; and forests with high conservation value. RockTenn will continually work to: