arrow blue Committed to using financial, natural and human resources wisely Without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs

Sustainability Timeline:

Greif, Inc. traces its roots back to 1877. The idea of being a conscientious global citizen, a responsive community neighbor and a responsible steward of the earth’s natural resources has been ingrained into the company’s DNA since its inception by the Greif brothers.

Today, 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.

The following is a chronicle of our sustainability journey and accomplishments.



Greif Lockport Facility Receives 98% from TfS Audit

Greif Scores “A-” in the CDP’s 2016 Climate Change Report

Greif Receives Two Awards from Eastman Chemical Company

Greif Receives Silver Recognition From EcoVadis

Greif Joins UNGC

Greif Attendorn Facility Receives 96% from TfS Audit

Greif Castenedolo Employees Win the 2016 Michael J. Gasser Sustainability Award



Greif Receives Premio Eco Brasil 2015 Award

Greif Scores “92B” in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2015 Climate Change Report

Greif Europoort Facility Receives 97% from TfS Audit

Greif Sultanbeyli Facility Receives 100% from Sedex Audit

Greif Receives Silver Recognition From EcoVadis

Greif’s Global Packaging Accessories (GPA) Business Wins the 2015 Michael J. Gasser Sustainability Award.



Greif Achieves High Score on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2014 Climate Change Report

Ivan Signorelli and the Greif Green Tool Team Win Annual Sustainability Award

Greif Holds 1st Latin America Sustainability Meeting

Greif Receives 2014 IAIR Awards

EarthMinded Life Cycle Services Expands to Northeastern US

Greif Receives 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Sustainability Award

Forbes Names Greif One of "America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies"

Greif Receives 2014 PackTheFuture Award



packH2O Receives People's Design Award

100,000+ packH2O Backpacks Delivered

Soterra & Pollinator Partnership Receive Conservation Leadership Award

Riverville Mill Team Wins Greif Sustainability Award

Greif Hosts Third WBCSD Midwest Conference

80% Use of SmartWay Carriers

EarthMinded Life Cycle Services Expands

Greif Netherlands Innovation

EarthMinded Awarded

Greif Brazil Innovation

SEED Recognizes packH2O



packH2O Receives Popular Science's Best of What's New Award

packH2O Receives Global Green USA Industrial Design Award

CorrChoice Receives Greif Sustainability Award

Greif Hosts Second WBCSD Midwest Conference

EarthMinded Consumer Products Expands Portfolio


Greif Expands Flexible Product Portfolio

Habitat for Humanity's Carter Work Project



Greif Receives 23rd Dupont Award for Packaging

Greif Hosts First WBCSD Midwest Conference

Greif Delta Companies Group Receives Greif Sustainability Award

Greif Creates World's Largest Reconditioning Service

Greif Designs packH2O

Zero Landfill Waste by 2020

Soterra SFI Certification

Massillion Mill SFI/FSC/PEFC Certified

SFI Certificate for Wood Procurement



Greif Forms Global Energy Team

Greif Establishes EarthMinded

Greif Green Tool

First Greif Sustainability Award



SmartWay Transport Partnership

Pollinator Partnership

Greif Introduces Global Sustainability Award Program

Greif Announces New Targets

10/2 Initiative is Declared a Success



Sustainability Agenda

Greif Joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Soterra SFI Certification



10/2 Initiative



Carbon Footprint Report



Greif Transfers Management of Timberland to Soterra LLC

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Sites in 40+ countries

Our global reach is near you

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Our people — principled, intelligent and reliable — reaffirm our reputation for integrity every day with their every action

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Years of experience

For the past 140 years, the world’s most important products have travelled around the world in Greif industrial packaging

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