HARTSVILLE, S.C., July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its
2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, outlining the Company's
continued progress towards achieving its global sustainability targets.
The report's content is defined by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3
Guidelines, which form a voluntary framework of principles and
indicators that Sonoco uses to measure and report economic,
environmental and social performance.
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"A key initiative for Sonoco continues to be the development of a new
$75 million biomass cogeneration system at our Hartsville, S.C.,
manufacturing complex," said Jack Sanders, President and CEO. "Powered
by wood wastes from regional logging activity, the new cogeneration
system will produce low-cost energy and steam for our paperboard mills,
replacing inefficient coal boilers."
The Company also focused on improving sustainability at its customer and
supplier facilities in 2012-13. Sonoco recently christened a new
Supplier Sustainability Awards program, recognizing vendors that
demonstrate leadership in developing and measuring their environmental
and corporate responsibility efforts. And, in 2012, Sonoco Recycling
reduced wastes from its U.S. packaging customers' facilities by nearly
44,000 metric tons and helped seven customer plants achieve
Other highlights from the report include:
Normalized direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions were reduced by 9.8 percent in
2012 from Company facilities as more natural gas was used to fuel its
Sonoco Alcore, Sonoco's European affiliate, and the Alliance for
Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK opened a recycling
facility at the Company's Stainland, West Yorkshire, paperboard mill
that is able to take up to 25,000 metric tons of UK paper cartons along
with an estimated 3,000 metric tons of paper coffee cups from London's
Heathrow Airport, which will be converted into uncoated recycled
Landfill waste from Company facilities was reduced by nearly 12,000
metric tons in 2012.
Thirty-one company plants reached landfill-free status by diverting 95
percent or more of waste from landfills.
To download the report, visit the Sustainability section of our website.
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer
packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging
supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8
billion, the Company has more than 19,900 employees working in 347
operations in 34 countries, serving many of the world's best known
brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2012/2013
Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the
Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.
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