2018 Sustainability Report
Committed to using financial, natural and human resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
Demonstrating our commitment to our regulatory obligations.
Following the various environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business is an integral part of Greif’s ongoing operations. Our environmental management systems and collaborative relationships with regulators, enable us to proactively and efficiently demonstrate to our stakeholders our deep understanding of the complex regulatory obligations we are subject to, while illustrating our ability to consistently meet them.
We take our responsibility towards environmental standards and regulations seriously and implement systems to manage our obligations.
Greif implemented our proprietary Compliance Management System (CMS) in 2011 to allow us to track and monitor our compliance with certain laws and regulations, including environmental compliance related to emissions, energy, water and waste in our facilities. CMS is administered by our Environment, Health and Safety Team (EHS), led by our Vice President of EHS and Operations for North America. While CMS is accessible to all Greif facilities worldwide, 50 of our 55 North American facilities* use it to manage environmental compliance tasks. In these facilities, management leverages the CMS to track progress on upcoming regulatory tasks and deadlines. As deadlines approach, CMS sends notifications to facility managers reminding them of their obligation. If progress on a task is not made in a timely manner, notifications are escalated through Greif’s EHS Team, ultimately reaching the CEO if it is not addressed in a timely manner. Beyond our CMS in North America, our global FPS, Paper Packaging and Services (PPS) and RIPS production facilities manage quality, safety and environmental standards through certifications such as OHSAS, ISO, FSSC and SQF. Our PPS operations maintain ABI, FSC, OSHA, PEFC, SFI and PEFC certifications. Globally, 16 sites have achieved ISO 14001 certification.
In 2018, we standardized the CMS notification process to ensure each task has the same escalation protocol and introduced incentives to minimize escalations. In support of better tracking of our waste data, we piloted a waste management task in CMS that prompts facilities to collect and record their waste data. In November, we rolled out the task to all Greif facilities globally, which will enable us to collect more accurate waste data in the future.
We piloted third-party EMS audits at five facilities in 2018. The results of each audit are used to determine additional resources and support that is needed at each facility to better manage their unique environmental risks beyond minimum regulatory requirements. In audited facilities, we also improved our ability to assess our readiness to comply with upcoming regulations by implementing an advanced EHS compliance and risk management software, Dakota, which tracks new and upcoming regulations applicable to each facility’s unique profile.
In 2018, we restructured the North America EHS Management Team to add an EHS director and a fourth regional manager to align with Greif’s four operating regions. We added an onsite manager in our Alsip, Illinois RIPS facility.
In 2019, Greif will conduct third-party audits and implement Dakota in at least 10 additional RIPS facilities in North America. These audits will continue to provide valuable insight into the best practices for managing EMS across our operations. We will pilot an additional ISO 14001 certification at our Naperville, Illinois facility.