A big congratulations to Hemlock Printers on achieving this important milestone with the publication of its 2012 Sustainability Report. Hemlock, both a sponsor and a Pledge Taker listed publication of the report as one of its pledges. Hemlock is among a handful of printing companies worldwide to meet this rigorous reporting framework, which evaluates based on the business’s long-term profitability as well as its attention to social justice and environmental care.
“This report represents an important milestone on a journey that began 10 years ago when we first sat down to discuss how we could be a more responsible company,” says Hemlock’s President and General Manager, Richard Kouwenhoven. “We’re proud of the progress we have made over that time and this document helps all of our stakeholders clearly understand where we are on this journey and what steps we will be taking in the future.”
Richard continues, “We also want to inspire other businesses by demonstrating that things like reducing waste, improving purchasing practices and taking action on climate change can be good for business.”
Key highlights of Hemlock’s report include:
- 100% of the company’s waste paper is recycled and 89% of all non-paper waste is recycled, repurposed or reused
- Purchases of paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) have grown from 5% in 2005 to 78% in 2012
- Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 24% since 2007
- Usage of Hemlock’s Zero program for offsetting clients’ paper carbon footprint has grown from its inception in 2009 to 115 projects and over 1,300 tonnes of carbon offsets in 2012
Visit here to view the report and press release.