Sustainability Goals

Menasha Corporation and its companies are clearly focused on building an environment for generations to come. We understand the importance of a quality work environment for our employees. We strive to be a good community citizen in the places we do business. And, we have a passion to protect Earth’s resources today and into the future.

As a result, we’ve set a vision for our future, which we announced in 2010:

Our goal is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions, water consumption and waste by 2020 as part of our overarching objective of respecting and protecting the environment for today and for future generations. Our baseline year was 2010 for carbon emissions and water, and 2013 for waste. We have decreased water usage from the 2010 baseline by 89% and are now setting a new goal for water reduction.

We have a dedicated team of employees from a variety of disciplines and across our businesses working on sustainability. They’re providing the framework for internal and customer-facing solutions. At the facility level, additional teams of employees focus on projects that are specific to their work locations.

Here’s how we’re doing:


Our Report Card

Reporting Publish an annual corporate social responsibility report detailing Menasha Corporation’s commitment to economic, environmental and social impacts by reporting activities of Menasha Corporation and its businesses. This is Menasha Corporation’s ninth annual report on corporate responsibility. It provides data and information on activities and progress from 2018 and 2019.
Fiber Certification Maintain SFI® and/or FSC® certification for all paper-based products.  All Menasha Packaging converting facilities are certified to SFI®. Menasha Packaging has furthered its commitment to forest sustainability in 2018 by adding the Programme For Endorsement of Forest Certifications (PEFC) Chain of Custody Certification. This added certification means that Menasha is certified to produce fiber-based products to all worldwide forest sustainability standards. In addition to the PEFC COC, Menasha is certified to FSC COC, SFI COC and SFI Sourcing standards.
Supply Chain Include sustainability in supplier qualification and supplier management processes. Supplier qualifications and management processes have been updated to include product safety, ethics, environmental qualifications and social responsibility elements.
GHG Emissions 20% reduction in CO2 emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) per ton of production by 2020 using 2010 baseline. Total emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) decreased 4.29% from 2010 baseline.
Water Use 20% reduction in water use per ton of production by 2020 using 2010 baseline. 20/20 VISION GOAL ACHIEVED
Initial water goal achieved in 2013. A new goal was established in 2014 targeting an additional 20% reduction using 2014 as the new baseline. In 2017, we achieved our new, second goal with a 21.2% reduction since 2014. Since 2010, water use has decreased 90.2%.
Recycled Resin Differentiate through the use of recyclable material in our plastic products. ORBIS’ use of recycled resin has increased every year between 2015 and 2019.
Waste 20% reduction in pounds of landfill waste per ton of production by 2020 using 2013 baseline. Realized a 8.46% decrease in waste to landfill in 2018 from baseline. Reduction plans are in place for all Menasha Corporation facilities, and employees are actively engaged in waste reduction activities.
Safety Zero workplace accidents; place in the top 25% of the industries in which we operate. TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate) decreased from 4.46 in 2010 to 1.14 in 2018. We have maintained our target safety metrics despite acquisitions and growth. Both Menasha Packaging and ORBIS continue to achieve incident rates significantly below industry averages. 
Philanthropy Measure and report on charitable giving companywide through Menasha Corporation Foundation. Published Menasha Corporation Foundation annual report in 2018 documenting more than $1.75 million in monetary donations.
Employee Engagement
Increase employee engagement in activities that help sustain the positive economic, environmental and social impact of our company. Conducted our biennial Employee Engagement Survey during the fourth quarter of 2017 with 75% employee participation. Conducted a Continuous Performance Management program across the organization  in 2018. Developed a web-based training series for all managers. Rolled out a Mentor program in 2018.

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