About Our 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report
Sonoco used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines to define the content of our 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. We hope you will read this report, alongside our GRI Content Index, by downloading the full PDF on the righthand side of your screen.
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
- Governance and integrity
- Financial performance
- Strategic leadership
- Environmental responsibility
- Employee health, safety and development
- Stakeholder engagement and communication
- Community support and philanthropy
Sonoco is committed to creating long-term value for its stakeholders by becoming a more sustainable and responsible corporate citizen.
We create sustainable value for our customers and ourselves by enhancing use of sustainable packaging solutions and materials.
We've been providing solutions that meet our customers' needs since 1899.
We're shrinking our own environmental footprint and helping some of the world's most well known brands produce more sustainable packaging.
Sonoco addresses critical social issues in the communities where we operate and seek partnerships with community stakeholders to effect positive change.
Sustainability is important to us, our customers, shareholders, employees, and other key stakeholders – and our strong record reflects our ongoing commitment.
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.