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Why You Should Care About Sustainability

Sustainability is more than a fun thing to talk about and ponder.

It’s needed.

Sustainability is important because the world’s resources are finite, and if we continue to use them at the current rate, we will eventually deplete them.

Serious consequences.

The consequences for the environment, the economy, and society as a whole would be astronomical. Additionally, many resources we rely on, such as carbon-based fuels, have negative environmental impacts when extracted or used.

Sustainability is a highly intentional and pragmatic emphasis seeking to address these issues by finding alternative ways to use resources without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

By adopting sustainable practices, we can help protect the planet and its natural systems, reduce pollution and waste, and ensure that all people can live healthy, productive lives.

Greif 2030 Sustainability Targets


These targets set specific and measurable goals that build on the company’s announcement in 2021 to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 28% by the end of the decade.

The broader sustainability focus for the company continues to be advancing a circular economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and championing diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives.

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Target One: Waste


Reach Zero Waste to Landfill at 97% of its Production Facilities

By reducing, recycling, composting, reusing, and incinerating with energy recovery, Greif targets 97% of its production facilities achieving zero-waste to landfills by 2030.

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Target Two: Circularity


Make 100% of its Products Recyclable 

Working across a vast portfolio of raw materials and products, Greif recyclability targets will be benchmarked by weight, and consolidated at a company level.

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Achieve an Average of 60% Recycled Raw Material Content Across Products

Recycled content targets for Greif products are minimum averages benchmarked across a portfolio of materials and products by weight, consolidated at a company level.

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Attain Global Gender Pay Parity

Greif is on track to ensure colleagues receive equal pay for equal work by 2024 and is committed to maintaining gender pay parity.

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Target Five: Suppliers


Evaluate the Sustainability Performance for 80% of Total Spend with Suppliers

By aiming to increase the evaluation of the sustainability performance of its suppliers, Greif can have a greater impact across its value chain.

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You’re likely wondering why a company would care so much about sustainability. Beyond fitting in with our high standards for doing the right thing for our colleagues and customers, there are logical business factors that drive sustainable innovations and investments.

Here are some of the reasons why companies like yours should care about sustainability:

  1. Financial benefits: Implementing sustainable practices can help a company reduce costs by reducing energy use or waste. The company could save money and increase profits.
  2. Risk management: Companies that are not sustainable may face regulatory fines, legal action, and negative publicity. Brand reputation is a powerful business dynamic that poses a risk. A company can reduce its risk of encountering these types of issues by being sustainable.
  3. Customer demand: Many consumers want sustainability. They are growing increasingly aware of the environmental and social impacts of the products they buy, and they may prefer to purchase products from companies committed to sustainability.
  4. Employee attraction and retention: Sustainability can be essential for many job seekers, and companies committed to sustainability may be more attractive to employees.
  5. License to operate: Companies rely on natural resources, such as water and forests. By being sustainable, a company can ensure that it has a long-term supply of these resources and can maintain its “license to operate.”
  6. Social responsibility: Greif cares about sustainability because we feel a sense of social responsibility to operate ethically and responsibly. We want to contribute positively to society and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

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