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Sustainability

Integrity and accountability

Every day, we commit ourselves to the singular notion that smart packaging is more than plastics, cardboard, and paper– it’s a promise to people, products, and our planet.

About Our 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report

Sonoco used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines to define the content of our 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report. These guidelines form a voluntary framework of principles and indicators that are used to measure and report economic, environmental and social performance. They also provide a standard of comparison among Sonoco and our peers.

This year, we conducted our first materiality assessment of economic, environmental, and social issues. We engaged a Big Four consulting firm to perform a quantitative, stakeholder-driven assessment to identify and prioritize the sustainability issues material to Sonoco and its stakeholders. This report reflects our materiality assessment and the progress we have made in meeting our stakeholder commitments.

In this report, we carefully considered Company data and projects from 2013 and 2014 and how those projects relate to our customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. Also, for the first time, we included performance data from manufacturing operations that were added through the acquisition of Tegrant Holding Corp., the largest in our Company's history.

Corporate Responsibility Statement of Intent

Become the acknowledged packaging industry leader in creating and enhancing a sustainable future that benefits all of Sonoco's stakeholders through improvement of economic performance, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Principles of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development

  • Customer commitment 
  • Community support and philanthropy  
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Strategic leadership
  • Employee health, safety, and development
  • Governance and integrity

Our Commitments and Progress

Sonoco is committed to creating long-term value for its stakeholders by becoming a more sustainable and responsible corporate citizen.

Financial Performance and Strategic Leadership

We create sustainable value for our customers and ourselves by enhancing use of sustainable packaging solutions and materials.

Commitment to Customers

We've been providing solutions that meet our customers' needs since 1899.

Environmental Stewardship

We're shrinking our own environmental footprint and helping some of the world's most well known brands produce more sustainable packaging.

Social Responsibility

Sonoco addresses critical social issues in the communities where we operate and seek partnerships with community stakeholders to effect positive change.

Sustainability Oversight

Sustainability is important to us, our customers, shareholders, employees, and other key stakeholders – and our strong record reflects our ongoing commitment.

Awards, Certifications, and Memberships

Sonoco's achievements confirm that our actions and performance are at the highest level with our peers and with the best companies in the world.