Sustainability: In the Business of Change

Over the past years, we have worked to align ourselves as one company and define ourselves within our industry as leaders in sustainable practices. Measuring ourselves against past performance as well as industry sustainability goals is critical for not only our business, but also for our employees, our customers, our communities, and our planet.

 

  • Water

    Water

  • Recycled  Fiber

    Recycled Fiber

  • Forest - Chain  of Custody

    Forest - Chain of Custody

  • Safety

    Safety

  • Climate  Change

    Climate Change

  • Purchased Energy

    Purchased Energy

Water Water

Goal:

Reduce water use.

Base Year: 2014
13,800 gal/ton
Target: 2025
9,300 gal/ton
2014
13,800 gal/ton
2019
9,800 gal/ton
2025
9,300 gal/ton

Result:

Since 2014 we have reduced water usage by 28%.

Recycled  Fiber Recycled Fiber

Goal:

Increase recycle fiber usage.

Base Year: 2014
230,000 tons
Target: 2025
450,000 tons
2014
230,000 tons
2019
400,000 tons
2025
450, 000 tons

Result:

Since 2014 we have increased use of recycled fiber by 74%.

Forest - Chain  of Custody Forest - Chain of Custody

Goal:

Maintain 100% procured fiber through certified fiber sourcing programs.

2014
0%
2019
100%
2025
100%

Result:

100% wood fiber procurement from chain of custody since 2014.

Safety Safety

Goal:

The vision for HCC is zero injuries. Progress toward that goal is measured by OSHA Total Incidence rate.

Base Year: 2014
1.80
Target: 2025
0.70
2014
1.80
2019
0.86
2025
0.70

Result:

56% improvement in recordable incidence rate since 2015.

Climate  Change Climate Change

Goal:

Achieve a reduction in green house gases.

Base Year: 2014
0.4 Tons
CO2e/Paper Ton
Target: 2025
0.32 Tons
CO2e/Paper Ton
2014
0.4 Tons
CO2e/Paper Ton
2019
0.34 Tons
CO2e/Paper Ton
2025
0.32 Tons
CO2e/Paper Ton

Result:

Since 2014 we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 17%.

Purchased Energy Purchased Energy

Goal:

Reduce purchased energy consumption within HCC.

Base Year: 2014
7.37 MMBTU/Ton
Target: 2025
6.6 MMBTU/Ton
2014
9.8 MMBTU/Ton
2019
7.3 MMBTU/Ton
2025
6.6 MMBTU/Ton

Result:

Since 2014 we have reduced dependency on purchased power by 28%.

Horizontal

As a member of AF&PA, Hood Container is committed to helping make progress toward AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustainability goals. AF&PA has established five quantifiable sustainability goals that the industry aims to meet by 2030. These goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, advancing a circular value chain, striving for zero workplace injuries, helping drive water stewardship, and advancing more resilient U.S. forests.

Hood Container’s own Project 2025 set forth in 2020 helps us measure our progress and remain inline with industry goals, rooting firm our commitment to a more sustainable future.

Sustainability has always been at the core of who we are as an organization and as an industry of renewable resources.

- Greg Hall, President & COO

The Life Cycle of A Box

Environmental Stewardship Takes Root

Where Environmental Stewardship Takes Root

The Hood Container Corporation Mill Division is committed to adhering to the letter, and the spirit, of all environmental regulations.  In the history of the company, there have been zero Notice of Violations. The division is SFI and FSC certified.  This means that our suppliers adhere to the highest standard for forestry stewardship, and best management practices for timber production and harvesting. Both mills are recertified annually for this important designation.

The Power of Green

The Paper Industry has long been a preeminent participant in the Sustainability of Our Planet. There are three areas where our industry excels:

  • First, the use of trees as a raw material allows for the consumption of Carbon Dioxide and the respiration of oxygen as an outcome of the tree’s growth process. The domestic Paper Industry has historically planted 4 trees for every tree harvested thus enhancing the consumption of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide in exchange for oxygen.
  • About 50% of all corrugated boxes are made with papers that are recycled. Hood Container Corp’s linerboard and medium papers are close to this percentage.
  • The Paper Industry has and continues to invest in equipment that allows the boxes it produces to comply with DOT requirements for Interstate commerce with less and less fiber in the box. This source reduction approach to sustainability goes a step further than just utilizing recycled fibers since carbon emissions from this approach are far less than even with the recycled papers approach. Hood Container’s papers are almost 100% source reduced packaging materials.

Our paper mills generate the majority of their energy with green fuels. This means using bark and sawdust for boiler fuel and using lignin from the pulping process to generate steam and electricity.  The whole tree is used in the pulp and papermaking process, no waste.

Our Corrugated facilities utilize Right-sizing boxes, where we use the latest software and board combination to provide box strength with the least amount of fiber. Our Converting plants have transitioned fuel for their boilers from oil to more-efficient natural gas.  Many plants have reduced their power needs by converting to low-wattage LED lights.  We also focus on transportation efficiency using optimized shipping schedules to reduce miles and fuel consumption by our trucks hence reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Many of our corrugated facilities also focus on making Green Choices including:

the power of green

  • Utilizing water-based inks that contain no solvents or heavy metals
  • Employing renewable natural resources
  • Maintaining low (VOC) Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Identifying and implementing increased manufacturing efficiencies
  • Converting to 50% natural organic resin glue
  • Classifying capital expenditures that are aimed at achieving improved energy and water usage
  • Capturing and returning scrap to paper mills for recycling
  • Leveraging refurbished pallets when applicable

Project 2025

In 2014 HCC set forth to protect our planet by operating in an environmentally responsible manner while being good neighbors in the regions we operate.

Since 2014 Hood Container Has:>

  • Become SFI & FSC Certified in our Mill Division.
  • Increased use of recycled fiber by 74%.
  • Reduced water usage by 28%.
  • Reduced dependency on purchased power by 28%.
  • Reduced Green House Gases by 17%.
  • Decreased our recordable incident rate by 56% (2015-2019).

Today’s Practices Create Tomorrow’s Future Project 2025

+10% Project 2025

Increased use of recycled fiber by 10%.

-10% Project 2025

Reduce water use by 10%

-10% Project 2025

Reduce use of purchased power by 10%

+100% Project 2025

Maintain the use of 100% sourced fiber

-20% Project 2025

Reduction of recordable incident rate

-5% Project 2025

Reduce green house gas emissions by 5%

Diversity & Inclusion

HCC recognizes that its strength comes from the employees who make up the communities we are part of.  These communities consist of people representing different backgrounds and viewpoints.  We desire to unite generations, minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups from the community through shared Core Values that benefit the community and beyond.  We strive to create a workplace that fosters and promotes an inclusive environment, attracting people to bring their talents and skills to us, in turn fostering an environment where they belong and desire to stay.

It is our intent to create and sustain a One Hood Employee Experience in which all employees from various backgrounds feel welcomed and are invited to participate passionately in Hood Container’s business priorities. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy efforts are embedded and focused in the following areas:

  • Talent Acquisition
  • Leadership
  • Core Values
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Growth and Development
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Wellbeing and Benefits
  • Compliance and Ethics
  • Community Outreach

Corporate Responsibility

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