About Greif

What’s in a name? Greif gets its name from a family who built a packaging business that would grow into Greif Inc. The name Greif rhymes with life and is pronounced “gryfe.”

Greif is a leading supplier of industrial packaging products and services, growing from its beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, to a global footprint across more than thirty countries and 200-plus locations.

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Our Vision

Be the best performing customer service company in the world.

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Our Purpose

We create packaging solutions for life’s essentials.

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OVERVIEW & HISTORY

Our People

Greif places the utmost importance on protecting, engaging, and developing a diverse workforce. More than 12,500 colleagues work in over 200 production, warehouse, and office locations in over 35 countries.

Our History

We are innovators – building packaging that’s sustainable, innovative, and focused on circularity.

1877
1877
William Greif and Albert Vanderwyst open a cooperage shop, “Vanderwyst and Greif,” in Cleveland, Ohio.
1923
1923
The first bitumen steel drum is produced, which is still part of the product portfolio today.
1955
1955
Greif transitions from key and barrel heading, and stave mills and cooperage facilities to manufacturing fibre drums and corrugated containers.
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1978
Greif officially enters the containerboard manufacturing business with the purchase of Massillon, Ohio, paper mill
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2001
Greif buys Van Leer Industrial, giving Greif an international footprint and doubling the size of the company. The company’s name is changed to Greif, Inc.
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2018
Greif receives Gold Recognition from EcoVadis due to their ongoing commitment to sustainability and corporate social Responsibility for the first time.
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2022
Greif acquires Lee Container, an industry leader in jerrycan and small plastic container manufacturing.
1908
1908
Greif Bros. Company becomes the largest cooperage plant in the world.
1951
1951
Under the leadership of John C. Dempsey the headquarters moves from Cleveland to Delaware, Ohio.
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1964
Greif purchases technology from Haveg Industries for blow-molding liners, which are inserts for steel and fibre drums, creating a whole new line.
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1998
The Greif Way is first published. Greif’s vision is clear and simple: “In industrial packaging, be the best performing customer service company in the world.
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2010
Greif acquires four Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) companies including Storsack Group, the largest company in the FIBCs industry.
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2019
Greif acquires Caraustar Industries, Inc., a leading recycled paperboard and packaging solutions company in North America, in the largest deal in the company’s history.
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THE GREIF WAY

The Greif Way

Greif's values are the same, wherever we are in the world.

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people focused

We lead through our culture, focusing on people every step of the way.

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zero harm

We think safety in every situation. Zero Harm is about each of us finishing the day safe and happy - going home better than we arrived.

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servant leadership

We believe in servant leadership, and as a result, we prioritize the needs and growth of our colleagues and customers.

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Customer Driven

We prioritize the needs of our customers.

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Action Biased

We are proactive, not reactive.

Our Standards

Personal Accountability
Greif is known around the world for integrity. Our people – principled, intelligent and reliable – reaffirm our reputation every day with their every action.

Stay Alert for Safety
We take responsibility to be safe in everything we do. We are diligent in protecting our own safety as well as the safety of our co-workers. We correct unsafe practices or conditions when we see them and stop any activity that brings unnecessary risk.

Respect Others
We treat people the way we would like to be treated while being respectful of their cultural norms.

Be Part of the Solution
When we see something that needs to be done, we do it. When an issue arises, we work together toward a resolution. We put Company goals ahead of our personal agendas in the workplace.

Build in Quality
Quality is our hallmark. Each of us takes responsibility for it.

Remain above Reproach
We compete honestly and adhere to the highest standards of conduct.

Meet and Exceed Our Customers’ Needs
We listen to our customers to learn about their challenges and help them determine their best solutions. We deliver products and services at fair value.

Increase Our Company’s Worth
Our shareholders expect it. Our future depends on it.

Maintain Our Company’s Reputation
The companies with the highest standards provide the highest returns for their shareholders. We will continue to be one of those companies.

Cultivate Supplier Loyalty
We treat our suppliers as vital partners to our business.

Expect Equal Treatment
We constantly evaluate all aspects of the products and services that we purchase. We expect quality at a fair cost.

Remain Free of Obligation
We do not accept lavish entertainment or excessive gifts from suppliers.

Safety in the Workplace
Safeguarding the health and welfare of our people is fundamental. The Company is committed to providing a safe working environment.

Equitable Treatment of All
Regardless of race, color, sex, creed, national origin or age, each Greif employee will be treated fairly.

Appropriate Rewards
Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with the value received.

Career Opportunities
The Company will be mindful of career opportunities within Greif for its employees.

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LEADERSHIP

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Ole Rosgaard

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Larry A. Hilsheimer

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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Gary R. Martz

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

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Bala V Sathyanarayanan

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

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Tina Schoner

Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

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Kim Kellermann

Senior Vice President, Global Operations Group

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Tim Bergwall

Senior Vice President, Group President, Paper Packaging and Soterra LLC

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Paddy Mullaney

Senior Vice President, Group President, Global Industrial Packaging

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Matt Eichmann

Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer

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Matthew Leahy

Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations

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Vivian Bouet

Chief Information and Digital Officer

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Matt Barnes

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Gaylord Benner

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Tom Busby

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Mark Butryn

Cheryl

Cheryl Caudill

John

John Clifford

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Gerard de Vries

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Bill D’Onofrio

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Dr. Maja Durant

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Jenny Echols

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Andreas Faßbender

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Adam Galliers

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Ricardo Goldenberg

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Boris Grater

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John

John Grinnell

Brian

Brian Hamilton

Dennis

Dennis Hoffman

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Bryan Huret

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Harikumar Iyer

Alexander

Alexander Johansson

David

David Johns

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Aysu Katun

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Nicholas Kaufman

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Mike Kegerreis 

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Kevin Kling

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Sebastian Kößler

Tony

Tony Krabill

Maro

Marco Kratz

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Chris Krumm

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Gustavo Libanio

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David Lloyd

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Chris Luffler

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Linda Lynch

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Roy McAdoo

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Jason Michaels

Robert

Robert Moore

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Rick Moreland

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Eric Nelson

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Sandor Orban

Gina

Gina Pfaff

Tara

Tara Plazarin

Aaron

Aaron Post

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Shaun Pressly

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Dawn Reynolds

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Charlotte Rahbek

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Konstantin Savinov

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David Scott

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Tal Segev

Anja

Anja Simon

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Peck Ling Tan

Michael

Michael Taylor

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Wanda van Engelen

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Joel Varnedoe

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Geoff Westphal

Kelly

Kelly Wilkin

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Nick Wu

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Jorge Yanez

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Janine Yang

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Reda Zangui

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Chris Zimmerman

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GREIF IN THE COMMUNITy

Giving Back and Building a Better Tomorrow

Greif has a commitment to build a better tomorrow by giving back to our communities today. In accordance with The Greif Way, we strive to create a culture that supports the common good by using our financial and human resources to support charitable organizations that focus on education, health, and social services.