We honor our history as we focus on our future. We use financial, natural and human resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

- from The Greif Way

Sustainability

Reports

Download our annual Sustainability Report.
2013 Sustainability Report (pdf)
2012 Annual and Sustainability Report (pdf)
2011 Sustainability Report
2010 Sustainability Report
2009 Sustainability Report


Timeline

View our Sustainability timeline.

Timeline 2012
Timeline 2011
Timeline 2006 - 2010

Sustainability


Serious about Sustainability

We believe that truly sustainable practices require an equal balance of benefiting people and the environment, and bringing value to our shareholders. Doing good and doing well must go hand-in-hand if we are to survive long term.

Read more about our efforts in Packaging Europe: Environmental Packaging News, Improving Sustainability in Industrial Packaging.


Our Goals

We are actively engaged in the journey to sustainability. We aim to minimize the environmental impact of our products throughout our operations, beginning with product development and ending with recycling and recovery of used materials and products. Greif has an ongoing commitment to minimize the impact our business has on the environment with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound.

We reduced our energy consumption company-wide by 10 percent between 2007 and 2010, meeting our first sustainability goal. We have set the bar even higher with the introduction of a more ambitious, next-generation set of goals.


Foundation

Establish best-in-class sustainability management practices for measurement, tracking and continuous improvement in resource consumption and carbon emissions.

Medium-Term Goals

Reduce energy consumption per unit of production by 15 percent over a fiscal year 2008 baseline by the end of fiscal year 2015.

  • We have reduced our energy consumption by 9 percent from our fiscal year 2008 baseline.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production by 15 percent over a fiscal year 2008 baseline by the end of fiscal year 2015.

  • We have reduced our GHG emissions by 11 percent from our fiscal year 2008 baseline.

Reach the target of zero landfill waste by the end of fiscal year 2020.

Aspirational Goals

Reduce energy consumption per unit of production by 30 percent over a fiscal year 2008 baseline by the end of fiscal year 2020.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production by 30 percent over a fiscal year 2008 baseline by the end of fiscal year 2020.

Achieve zero waste by the end of fiscal year 2030.