RockTenn Sets New Sustainability Goals


Posted on June 29, 2012 @ 08:07 am



RockTenn has released its inaugural corporate sustainability report, which affirms the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and outlines its 2020 sustainability goals.

“RockTenn has been producing paper-based packaging from recycled materials since our founding in 1936,” said Jim Rubright, chairman and CEO of RockTenn. “Our core business activities were founded on recycling products that create economic value by reusing materials otherwise bound for waste streams.

“Our belief is that our operations can be more than consistent with an environmentally sustainable planet. We can be part of the solution and have a net positive impact on the environment,” Rubright continued. “These formal sustainability goals are further evidence of our ongoing commitment to our environment, our people and our performance.”

RockTenn’s 2020 sustainability goals include:

--Reduce energy use by 10%
--Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%
--Reduce water use by 12%
--Reduce solid waste by 15%
--Achieve chain-of-custody certifications for 100% of facilities
--Improve employee safety by 30%

“This report provides a summary of our approach to sustainability, progress toward our goals and examples of excellence and sustainability in action throughout our company,” said Jessica Kimbrough, chair of RockTenn’s Sustainability Council and vice president, marketing, consumer packaging.
“While we have made significant progress, we know there is opportunity to improve and we will constantly aspire to do so.”