2018 Sustainability Report

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GRI Content Index

General Standard Disclosures

GRI IndicatorDescriptionLocation
Organizational Profile
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-1 Name of the organizationGreif Inc.
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-2 Activities, brands, products, and servicesProducts, Services, and Markets
2018 10-K, Item 1, pp. 4-6
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-3 Location of headquartersDelaware, OH
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-4 Location of operationsCountries of Operation
Global Footprint
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-5 Ownership and legal form2018 10-K, Item 1, p. 1
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-6 Markets servedCountries of Operation
Global Footprint
Products, Services, and Markets
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-7 Scale of the organizationOrganizational Overview
2018 10-K, Item 1, p. 6, Item 8, pp 49
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-8 Information on employees and other workersOur Workforce
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-9 Supply chainStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-10 Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain2018 10-K, Item 1(g) p. 6, Item 7 p. 38, Note 6 pp. 69-70, Note 7 pp. 70-73
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-11 Precautionary Principle or approachAddressing Risk
2018 Proxy, p. 10
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-12 External initiativesAbout Our Report;
Governance, Policies & Partnerships
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-13 Memberships of associationsTrade Associations
Strategy
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-14 Statement from senior decision-makerExecutive Letter
2018 Proxy, p 8-11
Ethics and Integrity
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-16 Values, principles, standards, and norms of behaviorGovernance, Policies & Partnerships;
Ethics & Compliance
The Greif Way
Governance
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-18 Governance structureExecutive Letter
2018 Proxy, p 8-11
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-20 Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topicsGovernance, Policies & Partnerships
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-23 Chair of the highest governance bodyMichael Gasser serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors; Peter Watson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer
Stakeholder Engagement
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-40 List of stakeholder groupsStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-41 Collective bargaining agreementsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices;
Performance Dashboard
Our Workforce
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-42 Identifying and selecting stakeholdersStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-43 Approach to stakeholder engagementStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-44 Key topics and concerns raisedStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
Reporting Practices
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-45 Entities included in the consolidated financial statementsGreif's Significant Subsidiaries
2018 10-K, Exhibit 21
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-46 Defining report content and topic BoundariesStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-47 List of material topicsStakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-48 Restatements of informationPerformance Dashboard
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-49 Changes in reportingReport topics based on 2017 Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-50 Reporting periodAbout Our Report
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-51 Date of most recent report2017 Sustainability Report
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-52 Reporting cycleAnnual
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-53 Contact point for questions regarding the reportAbout Our Report
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-54 Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI StandardsThis report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-55 GRI content indexGRI Content Index
GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016102-56 External assuranceEmission data assured through Bureau Veritas

Specific Standard Disclosures

GRI IndicatorDescriptionLocationOmissions
Economic Topics
Economic Performance
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary2018 10-K
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach components2018 10-K
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachFinancial Performance & Profitable Growth
2018 10-K
GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016201-1 Direct economic value generated and distributed2018 10-K
GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016201-2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change2018 10-K, Item 1A, p. 16
GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016201-3 Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans2018 10-K, Note 12, pp. 83-92
Anti-corruption
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryEthics & Compliance
Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Corporate Governance Guidelines
Insider Trading Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsEthics & Compliance
Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Corporate Governance Guidelines
Insider Trading Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachEthics & Compliance
Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Corporate Governance Guidelines
Insider Trading Policy
GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016205-1 Operations assessed for risks related to corruptionEthics & Compliance
Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016205-2 Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and proceduresEthics & Compliance
Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016205-3 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions takenGreif is not aware of confirmed incidents of corruption
Anti-competitive Behavior
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryEthics & Compliance
Antitrust/Competition Compliance Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsEthics & Compliance
Antitrust/Competition Compliance Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachEthics & Compliance
Antitrust/Competition Compliance Policy
GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior 2016206-1 Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practicesZero
Customer Service Excellence
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryCustomer Service Excellence
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsCustomer Service Excellence
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachCustomer Service Excellence
Customer Satisfaction IndexCustomer Service Excellence
Net Promoter ScoreCustomer Service Excellence
Innovation
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryInnovation
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsInnovation
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachInnovation
Percentage of revenue from sustainability-tagged products11%
Risk Management & Business Continuity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryRisk Management & Business Continuity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsRisk Management & Business Continuity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachRisk Management & Business Continuity
Significant business continuity issues in 2018Greif did not experience any business continuity issues that resulted in missed customer orders in 2018.
Environmental Topics
Materials
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryWaste;
Innovation;
Supply Chain Management
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsWaste;
Innovation;
Supply Chain Management
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachWaste;
Innovation;
Supply Chain Management
GRI 301: Materials 2016301-3 Reclaimed products and their packaging materialsWaste;
Performance Dashboard
Energy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 302: Energy 2016302-1 Energy consumption within the organizationClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
GRI 302: Energy 2016302-4 Reduction of energy consumptionClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard
Water
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryWater
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsWater
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachWater
GRI 303: Water 2016303-1 Water withdrawal by sourcePerformance Dashboard
GRI 303: Water 2016303-2 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of waterPerformance Dashboard;
Water
GRI 303: Water 2016303-3 Water recycled and reusedPerformance Dashboard
Biodiversity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryBiodiversity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsBiodiversity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachBiodiversity
GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016304-3 Habitats protected or restoredBiodiversity
Emissions
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-1.2 Explain whether offsets were usedUNGC COP
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissionsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissionsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissionsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-4 GHG emissions intensityClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
GRI 305: Emissions 2016305-5 Reduction of GHG emissionsClimate Strategy, Energy & Emissions;
Performance Dashboard;
UNGC COP
Effluents and Waste
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryWater;
Waste
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsWater;
Waste
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachWater;
Waste
GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016306-1 Water discharge by quality and destinationWater;
Performance Dashboard
GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016306-2 Waste by type and disposal methodWater;
Performance Dashboard
GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016306-3 Significant spillsPerformance Dashboard;
Water
Zero
GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016306-5 Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoffWater;
Performance Dashboard
Environmental Compliance
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryEnvironmental Management Systems
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsEnvironmental Management Systems
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachEnvironmental Management Systems
GRI 307: Environmental Compliance 2016307-1 Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulationsEnd-of-Life Reconditioning, Reuse & Recycling
Container Life Cycle Management
Supply Chain Management
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundarySupply Chain Management
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsSupply Chain Management
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachSupply Chain Management
Annual EcoVadis scoreSupply Chain Management
End-of-Life Reconditioning, Reuse & Recycling
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryEnd-of-Life Reconditioning, Reuse & Recycling
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsEnd-of-Life Reconditioning, Reuse & Recycling
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachEnd-of-Life Reconditioning, Reuse & Recycling
Drums and IBCs ReconditionedPerformance Dashboard;
Waste
Social Topics
Employment
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 401: Employment 2016401-1 New employee hires and employee turnoverTalent Attraction, Development & Retention;
Performance Dashboard
GRI 401: Employment 2016401-2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees
GRI 401: Employment 2016401-3 Parental leaveTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Occupational Health and Safety
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHealth & Safety
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHealth & Safety
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHealth & Safety
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016403-1 Workers representation in formal joint management–worker health and safety committeesHealth & Safety
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016403-2 Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalitiesHealth & Safety;
Performance Dashboard
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016403-4 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unionsHealth & Safety
Training and Education
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Talent Management Policy
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016404-1 Average hours of training per year per employeeTalent Attraction, Development & Retention;
Performance Dashboard
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016404-2 Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programsTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Outplacement support may be provided when appropriate to support career endings and facility closures, determined by local management discretion.
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016404-3 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviewsTalent Attraction, Development & Retention
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016405-2 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to menPerformance Dashboard
Non-discrimination
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy
GRI 406: Non-discrimination 2016406-1 Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions takenNo incidents reported
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 407: Freedom of Association and Collectiv407-1 Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at riskHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Child Labor
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Child Labor Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Child Labor Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Child Labor Policy
GRI 408: Child Labor 2016408-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child laborNo significant risks have been identified
Forced or Compulsory Labor
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 409: Forced of Compulsory Labor 2016409-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory laborNo significant risks have been identified
Human Rights Assessment
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachHuman Rights & Fair Labor Practices
Human Rights Policy
GRI: 412: Human Rights Assessment 2016412-2 Employee training on human rights policies or proceduresEthics & Compliance
Customer Health and Safety
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundaryProduct Quality
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsProduct Quality
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachProduct Quality
GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016416-2 Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and servicesProduct Quality;
Performance Dashboard
Customer Privacy
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its BoundarySecurity
2018 10-K, p. 14
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-2 Explain management approach componentsSecurity
2018 10-K, p. 14
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016103-3 Evaluate management approachSecurity
2018 10-K, p. 14
GRI 418: Customer Privacy 2016418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer dataSecurity

48%

Reduction in Customer Complaints

Since 2014 in our RIPS North America business - a signal of our commitment to quality and customer service.

0.98

Medical Case Rate

Down 72 percent since 2007.

16

ISO14001 Certified Facilities

We take our responsibility towards environmental standards and regulations seriously and implement systems to manage our obligations.

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