Performance Dashboard

Environmental Data

ENERGY

GRI 302-1 | 302-4;
302-1
Energy consumption within the organization

302-4
Reduction of energy consumption

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Total Energy Consumption (MWh)1

3,058,000

3,103,200
5,398,000 5,423,000 5,832,000

Energy Reduction per Unit of Production

-

-

Baseline
-
-0.3%

Electricity Used (MWh)

859,000

861,000
1,398,000
1,374,000
1,492,000

Renewable Electricity Used (Thousands of MWh)2

3
 4
15
15
32

Renewable Energy Consumption (Thousands of MWh)3

-

-
-
635
650

Renewable Electricity Sourced (%)4

-

-
-
81%
86%

Renewable Energy Sourced (%)5

-

-
-
99.6%
99.3%

Energy Reductions Due to Reduction Initiatives (Scope 1, 2, and 3; gigajoules)

27,000

 32,000
243,800
52,000
96,000

Notes:

  1. Total Energy includes biomass and non-renewable fuel, renewable and non-renewable electricity, and purchased steam consumed.
  2. Renewable Energy includes purchased and self-generated electricity produced using renewable technology.
  3. Renewable Energy includes renewable electricity plus renewable fuel.
  4. This represents the quantity of power purchased from suppliers who generate electricity using renewable technology as a fraction of the total quantity of renewable electricity consumed.
  5. This represents the quantity of renewable electricity and renewable fuel (wood, OCC, and black liquor at the Riverville mill) purchased from suppliers as a fraction of the total quantity of renewable electricity and fuel consumed.

FUEL

GRI 302-1;
302-1
Energy consumption within the organization
 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Total Non-Renewable (gigajoules)1

5,470,000

5,626,000
12,083,000
11,977,000
12,245,000

Coal/Lignite Used (Thousands of MT)

0
 0
 0.31
0.11
0.32

Natural Gas Used (Thousands of m3)

135,100
 139,400
 303,900
303,300
310,500

Crude Oil/Distillate Fuels (Including Diesel, #2 Fuel) Used (Thousands of m3)

11,660
 10,700
22,000
22,000
21,100

Renewables* (gigajoules)2

2,446,000

 2,446,000
 2,316,000
2,232,000
2,222,000

Total Fuel (gigajoules)

7,916,000

 8,072,000
 14,399,000
14,209,000
14,467,000

Notes

  1. Total Non-Renewable includes all fuels consumed except biomass (wood, OCC, and black liquor at the Riverville Mill).
  2. Biomass consumed at the Riverville Mill.

EMISSIONS (THOUSANDS OF METRIC TONS)

GRI 305-1 | 305-2 | 305-3 | 305-4 | 305-5;
305-1
Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

305-2
Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

305-3
Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

305-4
GHG emissions intensity

305-5
Reduction of GHG emissions

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

GHG Scope 1

367.7

 376.7
686.0
692.9
696.9

GHG Scope 2 (Location-based) 1

416.0

415.9
622.2
589.5
556.9

GHG Scope 3

3,089.0

 2,867.0
 4,407.0
4,148.0
4,357.0

GHG Total

3,872.7

 3,659.6
5,715.2
5,430.4
5,610.8

% Reduction in Emissions per Unit of Production2

-

-
Baseline
-
4.1%

GHG Intensity (Scope 1 and 2, total per $ revenue)

0.00022

0.00021
0.00028
0.00028
0.00023

Emission Reductions Due to Reduction Initiatives (Scope 1, 2, and 3)3

25.0

 25.0
 3.0
3.7
4.5

Percentage of the Company’s Operations That Are Covered in Its Disclosures on Emissions4

100%

 100%
 100%
100%
100%

Notes:

  1. FY2019 Scope 2 emissions have been restated since 2021 because of Greif’s revised energy use data.
  2. The reduction for FY2021 is calculated using FY2019 as the baseline year.
  3. Emission Reductions are expressed in thousands of metric tonnes CO2e.
  4. Company’s operations are defined as production facilities. Warehouses and offices (except the headquarters office in Delaware, Ohio) are not within the scope of the emissions inventory.
  5. 2021 GHG Verification Statement

SCOPE 3 EMISSIONS (METRIC TONS)

 

FY 2020

FY 2021

Explanation

Purchased goods and services

2,323,000
2,492,000
-

Capital goods

83,000
105,000
-

Fuel-and-energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2)

291,000
286,000
-

Upstream transportation and distribution

253,000
278,000
-

Waste generated in operations

153,000
131,000
-

Business travel

3,000
1,000
-

Employee commuting

26,000
27,000
-

Upstream leased assets

Greif does not lease any upstream assets that are not included in scope 1 and scope 2 emissions calculations.

Downstream transportation and distribution

-
-
It is Greif's practice to deliver finished products to customers using transportation paid for by Greif.

Processing of sold products

-
-
Greif's products are typically finished packaging products and no further processing by the customer is required.

Use of sold products

-
-
Greif's products do not directly consume any energy during use nor do they release any direct GHG emissions.

End of life treatment of sold products

1,016,000
1,124,000
-

Downstream leased assets

-
-
Greif does not lease any assets to third parties that are not already included in scope 1 and 2 emissions calculations.

Franchises

-
-
Greif does not have franchise operations.

Investments

-
-
As a manufacturing company, Greif does not make investments with the objective of making a profit.

Water*

GRI 303-3 | 303-4;
303-3
Water withdrawal

303-4
Water discharge

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Water Withdrawal
(Thousands of cubic meters)*

9,666.3

9,360.8

13,864.4

12,936.6

13,164.7

Surface Water

9,242.7

8,630.0

10,266.8

10,132.0

10,274.8

Ground Water

423.6

730.7

3,597.6

2,804.6

2,889.9

Rainwater

- - - - -

Wastewater

- - - - -

Municipal Water†

- - - - -

Wastewater Discharge
(Thousands of cubic meters)**

8,983.2

9,316.2

12,403.92

11,935.1

12,013.53

James River

8,788.8

8,907.1

7,949.5

8,375.0

8,324.8

City of Massillon

191.6

407.1

424.0

355.8

400.9

Tuscarawas River

2.8

2.0

2.5

8.8

69.0

Sweetwater Creek^

-

-

0.0

0.0

0.0

Cobb County WWTP^

-

-

844.9

855.0

854.9

Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewerage District^^

-

-

37.6

40.6

49.8

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District^^

-

-

349.0

335.9

328.4

Los Angeles County Sanitation District WWTF^^

-

-

196.8

189.1

214.9

Three Mile Creek^

-

-

0.0

-

-

Village of Baltimore WWTF**

-

-

0.0

6.1

129.93

West Branch Paw Paw Creek**

-

-

697.1

581.4

0.0

San Jose-Santa Clara Regional WWTP^^

-

-

288.1

334.2

383.2

Tacoma Central WWTP^^

-

-

6.9

8.5

10.9

City of Fitchburg WWTP^

-

-

322.6

309.0

298.7

Iowa River**

-

-

291.8

364.9

341.3

Cherry Lake**

-

-

597.8

550.4

479.7

Iowa Tributary**

-

-

58.0

78.6

127.08

Biochemical Oxygen Demand
(Thousands of kg)

890.4

204.2

3,508.3

3,457.1

3,823.8

Total Suspended Solids (kg)

465,098

349,003

1,224,442

1,045,928

1,031,666

Phosphorus (kg)

4,991

6,617 4,708 4,445 8,817

Production (MT)

690,000

713,336

1,729,062

1,661,228

1,721,897

Consumption Rate (m3/MT)

14.0

13.1

8.02

7.79

7.65

Notes:

  1. 2017 and 2018 data is from Greif’s two paper mills, one of which is located in Riverville, Virginia, and the other in Massillon, Ohio. Historically, these two paper mills accounted for more than 90% of Greif’s global water footprint. They draw from the James River and onsite water wells, respectively. 2019 data includes 12 former Caraustar mills that were acquired and integrated in 2019. All 2019 data is full year data. Quality of wastewater discharged from our mills meets permit requirements. No discharged water was used by another organization. WWTP = Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  2. FY 2019 data includes the Mobile Wright Smith WWTP, which was shut down in 2020, and been restated to properly account for FY 2019 West Branch Paw Paw Creek discharge.
*Evaporative losses estimated.
**Treated with primary clarification, secondary clarification and aeration before direct discharge.
^ Treated with wastewater pre-treatment including soluble BOD removal.
^^ Treated with wastewater pre-treatment with solids only.
† Greif does not currently track withdrawal of municipal water.

Water Use in Regions With High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress*

FY 2020

FY 2021

Water Withdrawal (Thousands of cubic meters)

170.4

109.93

Percentage of Total Water Withdrawal

1%

1%

Water Consumed (Thousands of cubic meters)

162.7

77.45

Percentage of Total Water Consumed

16.2%**

6.7%

*Data collected from 24 Greif facilities operating in regions with high or extremely high baseline water stress, as defined by WRI's Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas tool. Annual withdrawal data from Greif's Algeria facility estimated based on total withdrawal since installing a well in approximately 2003. Percentages reported as a percentage of water used in Greif’s mill operations in our Paper Packaging & Services business only, which is estimated to represent 95% of Greif’s total water withdrawal and consumption. Greif does not currently report global water data for all facilities.
**Figure for FY 2020 amended due to previous error in calculation.

WASTE

GRI 306-3 | 306-4 | 306-5;
306-3
Waste generated

306-4
Waste diverted from disposal

306-5
Waste directed to disposal

 

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Hazardous Waste

Total Waste to Landfill

1,639

2,428

3,608

1,033

Waste to Landfill

1,292

1,161

2,989

584

Incinerated (no energy recovery)****

347

1,267

619

449

Total Non-Landfill*

14,105

20,725

19,199

14,207

Incinerated (with energy recovery)**

3,372

4,073

3,275

4,480

Composted***

0

0

1

0

Recycled†

7,604

14,084

14,160

8,502

Reused††

1,513

651

706

482

Reclaimed†††

217

366

376

172

Miscellaneous (Non Landfill) ††††

1,399

1,551

681

571

Total Hazardous Waste

15,744

23,153

22,807

15,240

Non-Hazardous Waste

Total Waste to Landfill

54,594

33,837

137,211

155,367

Waste to Landfill

54,110

33,380

137,066

155,148

Incinerated (no energy recovery)****

485

457

151

218

Total Non-Landfill*

257,219

184,357

326,546

842,268

Incinerated (with energy recovery)**

2,054

2,950

17,006

13,409

Composted***

35

15,784

49,734

54,132

Recycled†

231,997

141,217

212,075

727,737

Reused††

11,641

12,321

19,441

18,445

Reclaimed†††

9,439

9,847

11,701

12,192

Miscellaneous (Non Landfill)††††

2,052

2,239

16,589

16,354

Total Non-Hazardous Waste

311,813

218,194

463,757

997,634

Total Waste (Hazardous & Non-Hazardous)

327,557

241,347

486,564

1,012,874

Notes:

  1. Legacy Caraustar facilities were incorporated into waste reporting in FY 2020.
  2. Total waste and Non-Hazardous recycling doubled this year due to inclusion of additional data from RFG facilities; last year RFG and IPG only included data from their own operational waste streams. However, RFG also collects waste paper from the market and recycles them.

*Non-Landfill: Includes chemical-physical, incineration with energy recovery, recycled, reused, reclaimed, composted and fuels blending treatment methods 
**Incinerated (with energy recovery): Treatment method involving the combustion of solid waste that results in energy capture.
***Composted: Treatment method involving the biological decomposition of solid or liquid operational waste.
**** Incinerated (no energy recovery): Treatment method involving the combustion of solid waste that does not result in energy capture.

†Recycled: Treatment method involving the separation, preparation and sale of recyclable materials to end-user manufacturers.
††Reused: Treatment method involving the use of a material for its original purpose multiple times.
†††Reclaimed: Treatment method involving the process of extracting and converting materials from recycled materials to be used again.
†††† Miscellaneous (Non Landfill): All other treatment methods not mentioned previously, including Deep Well Injection and On-Site Storage.

PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT (SASB RT-CP-410A.1, RT-CP-410A.2)

Raw Materials from Recycled and Renewable Sources (FY 2021, % of Metric Tons)* 

Percent of Substrate

Percent of Total Materials Sourced

Total

 

79.9%

Recycled Content

14.5%

3.4%

Steel

16.0%

3.2%

Plastic

5.8%

0.2%

Renewable Sources

0%

0%

Plastic

0%

0%

Renewable and Recycled Content

100%

76.5%

Fibre

100%

76.5%

*All figures are estimated based on our current product classifications and reporting practices. Data is estimated based on average procurement and manufacturing data across our product lines. Post Industrial Recycled (PIR) plastic data is not available for our Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services (RIPS) business segment. 90% of the fiber used in our Paper Packaging Services business segment is sourced from 100% recycled content. 100% of the fiber used in our Paper Packaging Services business segment is sourced from renewable sources. For reporting purposes, 100% of that volume is reported as renewable and recycled content. Our 2021 report will include data with updated assumptions and from additional business segments.

Revenue From Products that are Reusable, Recyclable, and/or Compostable ($)*

FY 2021

Total

$4,719,069,067

Recyclable

$4,712,465,950

Reusable

-

Compostable

$6,603,117

*All figures are estimated based on our current product classifications and financial reporting practices. Data has been aggregated to eliminate double counting. In our Global Industrial Packaging business, the majority of our products that are recyclable are also reusable. To avoid double counting and reporting our sales from both reusable and recyclable products, we only categorize those products as recyclable and report our revenue from recyclable products. Our Paper Packaging products are 99 percent recyclable based on volume. Our coated containerboards, which is part of our Paper Packaging Business are compostable.

LIFE CYCLE SERVICES – ESTIMATED DRUMS AND IBCS RECONDITIONED*

 

FY 2017

FY 2018
FY 2019
FY 2020
FY 2021

Recycled

904,883

849,498

831,576

968,296  1,153,345

Steel Drums

534,369

571,355

509,884

562,980  987,427

Poly Drums

212,272

161,447

243,186

358,280  95,176

IBCs

158,242

116,696

78,506

47,036  70,742

Reconditioned

3,218,885

3,258,848

3,533,358

3,276,259  3,164,809

Steel Drums

2,565,052

2,713,025

2,699,393

2,483,485  2,185,329

Poly Drums

321,188

244,497

194,011

178,627  141,782

IBCs

332,645

301,326

639,954

614,147  837,698

Total Collected

4,136,828

4,105,936

4,348,706

4,164,585  4,345,284

Steel Drums

3,099,633

3,284,380

3,193,049

2,971,549  3,192,196

Poly Drums

535,460

405,944

437,197

536,281  236,958

IBCs

501,735

415,612

718,460

656,755  916,130

Virgin Materials Saved by Reconditioning and Reuse (Metric Tons)**

63,111

63,587

76,415

71,149  74,713

Steel

56,200

57,664

66,860

62,016  63,143

High-Density Polyethylene

5,150

4,243

5,897

5,553  6,610

Wood

1,761

1,680

3,659

3,580  4,960

Virgin Materials Saved by Recycling (Metric Tons)***

18,755

16,644

14,117

14,358  19,772

Steel

13,463

12,697

10,273

10,215  17,394

High-Density Polyethylene

4,580

3,385

3,402

3,871  1,960

Wood

712

562

442

272 418
1. Virgin Materials Saved by Reconditioning and Reuse data has been restated to standardize units across regions
*Estimated Drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) Recycled and Reconditioned (North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa)
**Estimates based on the quantity of reconditioned packaging and average packaging specifications (North America and Europe)
***Estimates based on the quantity of recycled packaging and average packaging specifications (North America and Europe)

REBU – ESTIMATED FLEXIBLE INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINERS (FIBCS) RECONDITIONED, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA*

*Estimates based on the quantity of reconditioned packaging and average packaging specifications (Europe)
**Estimates based on the quantity of recycled packaging and average packaging specifications (Europe)

ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONAL POLICIES

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

 Total FIBCs Collected  -

316,324

275,732

242,000

220,132

Reconditioned

 -

224,418

179,912

167,000

60,719

Recycled

 -

91,906

95,820

75,000

159,413

Total Virgin Polyethylene Saved (Metric Tons)

 

727.6

634.2
556.6

506.3

Virgin Polyethylene Saved by Reconditioning and Reuse (Metric Tons)*

 -

516.2

413.8

384.1

366.6

Virgin Polyethylene Saved by Recycling (Metric Tons)**

 -

211.4

220.4

172.5

139.7

 

Climate Change Policy

Climate Strategy

Climate Change Risks Discussed

2021 Annual Report, page 17; CDP C2.3a 

Energy Efficiency Policy

Climate Strategy

Emissions Reduction Initiatives

Climate Strategy

Waste Reduction Policy

Waste

Water Policy

Water

Sustainable Packaging

Innovation, Supply Chain Management

Environmental Quality Management Policy

Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Supply Chain Management

Environmental Management Systems, Supply Chain Management

GRI Criteria Compliance

About Our Report

Biodiversity Policy

Biodiversity

Social Data

EMPLOYMENT

GRI 102-7 | 102-8 | 102-41 | 405-1;
102-7
Scale of the organization

102-8
Information on employees and other workers

102-41
Collective bargaining agreements

405-1
Diversity of governance bodies and employees

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Total Employees

13,171

13,066

17,042

15,720

15,828

Full Time

11,799

12,473

16,668

15,370

15,618

Part Time

175

151

169

162

210

Temporary

1,197

442

205

188

151

% Women in Management

17.0%

16%

16%

16%

16%

% Women in Workforce

25.0%

24%

23%

23%

23%

% Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements

49.7%

52.0%

45.2%

42.4%

45.6%

New Colleague Hires

GRI 401-1;
401-1
New employee hires and employee turnover

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

New Colleague Hires (Total)

2,925

2,941

3,626

2,910

3,330

Region

Asia Pacific

647

560

456

389

300

Europe, Middle East and Africa

991

1,279

1,074

805

854

Latin America

240

170

410

137

182

North America

1,047

932

1,686

1,579

1,994

Gender

Female

782

754

841

669

647

Male

2,143

2,187

2,785

2,209

2,683

Age

16–20

202

163

247

209

244

21–30

1,198

1,102

1,372

1,012

1,243

31–40

798

865

1,023

815

946

41–50

507

568

620

541

514

51–60

208

202

315

285

335

60+

12

31

49

46

48

Employee Attrition

GRI 401-1;
401-1
New employee hires and employee turnover

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Employee Attrition*

21.3%

24.3%

24.0%

20.5%

23.2%

Region

Asia Pacific

20.2%

19.7%

14.8%

25.1%

25.8%

Europe, Middle East and Africa

39.6%

40.0%

31.0%

14.9%

16%

Latin America

8.0%

10.5%

9.1%

20.5%

18.3%

North America

32.3%

29.8%

45.1%

24.3%

29.9%

Length of Service

Less than 12 Months

50.2%

48.0%

49.0%

40.4%

47.5%

More than 12 Months

49.8%

52.0%

51.0%

59.6%

52.2%

*Attrition by region and length of service given as percent of attrition for fiscal year.

Employee Training

GRI 404-1;
404-1
Average hours of training per year per employee

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Training Hours per Employee*

Skillport (Greif Learning Network)

2

2.55

5.5

5

5.38

Leadership, Professional, Production

9.6

6

3.2

2

8.6

Employees Receiving Regular Performance Reviews^

92%

85%

92%

89.1%

87%

*Average hours of training per unique participant. Data excludes safety training and local functional training. FY2017 data has been restated from the 2018 Sustainability Report to exclude this data. For more information on safety training, please see Health & Safety.
^Includes eligible professional, clerical and administrative employees.

Employee HEALTH & SAFETY

GRI 403-9;
403-9
Work-related injuries

 

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

MCR*

1.49

1.45

1.2

0.96

0.95

0.98

1.49

1.18

1.49

LWCR**

0.97

0.97

0.78

0.57

0.55

0.57

0.69

0.62

0.74

*MCR, or Medical Case Rate, measures the number of recordable injuries per 100 full-time employees in a 12-month period.
**LWCR, or Lost Workday Case Rate, measures the number of recordable injuries resulting in lost workdays per 100 full-time employees in a 12-month period.
*** 2019 data includes Caraustar for only March forward – no data included for first 4 months of fiscal year.

SOCIAL OPERATIONAL POLICIES

Health and Safety Policy

Environmental Health and Safety Policy

Equal Opportunity Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Policy

Human Rights Policy

Human Rights Policy

Training Policy

Talent Management Policy

Business Ethics Policy

Code of Conduct

Fair Remuneration Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Policy

Fair Treatment of Others Policy

Employee Protection/Whistle Blower Policy

Code of Conduct

Anti-Bribery Ethics Policy

Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy

Policy Against Child Labor

Child Labor Policy

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Social Supply Chain Management

Supplier Code of ConductConflict Minerals PolicyConflict Minerals Report

Supplier Guidelines Encompass ESG Areas; Publicly Disclosed

Supplier Code of Conduct

Product Data

PRODUCT QUALITY

 

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Corrective Action Rate (CAR)*

 
Global Industrial Packaging North Amerca

1.3

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.6

Europe, Middle East and Africa

-

-

1.4

1.0

0.5

Latin America - - - - 0.1
Asia Pacific

-

-

2.7

1.3

0.8

Order Reliability Rate**

Global Industrial Packaging North Amerca

99.8%

99.8%

99.8%

99.8%

99.9%

Number of Customer Complaints

  
Global Industrial Packaging  North Amerca

389

350

330

277

189

Europe, Middle East and Africa
-
-
959
685
400
Latin America
-
-
-
-
89
Asia Pacific
-
-
298
137
90
*CAR measures customer complaints per 100,000 units produced
**Order Reliability Rate defines the rate of failure between orders produced and estimates non-compliance with voluntary codes. No regulatory failures or resultant fines have been identified.

ACTIVITY METRICS (SASB RT-CP-000.A, RT-CP-000.B, RT-CP-000.C)

Production by Substrate (Metric Tons)*

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Total

3,551,235

2,961,693

3,195,588

Paper

2,319,195

1,777,678

2,084,952

Plastic

264,450

216,954

176,444

Steel

967,633

967,017

934,154

Aluminum

7.3

44

38

*Production figures are aggregated based on primary substrate of finished good products. 

Production by Revenue (%)*

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Paper

38.8%

42.5%

39.9%

Plastic

17.9%

17.3%

17.8%

Steel

32.0%

29.2%

31.9%

Other*

11.3%

11.0%

10.5%

 *Other includes Filling, Reconditioning, Land and Other Misc. Products. Greif does not produce glass.

SUSTAINABILITY HIGHLIGHTS

~16,000

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145

Years of Experience

For the past 145 years, the world’s most important products have travelled around the world in Greif industrial packaging.