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Company / Sustainability / Sustainability Timeline

Georgia-Pacific Through Time

At Georgia-Pacific, we have managed our business in socially, environmentally and economically sustainable ways since our company was founded, and long before it was fashionable.

1930

Cormatic®, a controlled towel dispensing system (now produced by Georgia-Pacific), is introduced. The first of its kind, it dispenses towels one at a time “hands free.”

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

1930s

1930s Fort Howard

Fort Howard Paper Company (now owned by Georgia-Pacific) starts using recovered paper to make tissue products at its Green Bay, Wis., mill.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1941-1945

1941_wedge

Georgia-Pacific was the largest supplier of lumber to the U.S. Armed Forces and was awarded the Army-Navy "E" for outstanding service in the war effort.

SocialEconomic

1958

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation is created to serve as the company's community investment arm.

SocialEconomic

1963

1963 Fordyce

GP begins operating the nation’s first Southern pine plywood plant at Fordyce, Ark. In developing commercially viable plywood from fast-growing Southern pine trees, the company makes use of an underutilized resource.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

1968

Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $1 billion for the first time.

Economic

1969

The company donates California redwood groves, valued at more than $6 million, to the public.

Environmental

1970

Harmon Associates (now a part of Georgia-Pacific) is founded as a regional trader of recovered paper for use in containerboard and gypsum paperboard.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1980

1980 OSB

GP begins making oriented strand board (OSB), a new type of structural panel. OSB helps make more efficient use of the forest resource by using smaller trees or trees and wood fiber that cannot be made into other products.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1981

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals enters the crude tall oil fractionation business, adding value to by-products from GP paper mills.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1989

1989

Georgia-Pacific’s sales exceed $10 billion for the first time.

Economic

1992

1992_wallboard

Georgia-Pacific begins manufacturing synthetic gypsum wallboard using the output of the Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) process. This process removes sulfur dioxide from the emissions of fossil-fuel-burning power plants. Using this by-product helps conserve landfill space.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1993

1993_woodpecker

Georgia-Pacific enters into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on company forestlands.

Environmental

GP Chairman Pete Correll is appointed to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to help identify ways for the country to grow economically while sustaining the environment for future generations.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
1993 VPPlogo

The company’s Crossett, Ark., pulp and paper mill is accepted into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which recognizes exemplary safety programs. GP is the first forest products company to be accepted into the program.

Social

1994

1994 SFI logo

Georgia-Pacific is a founding/charter member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), a program that promotes sustainable forestry practices.

Environmental

The Better Alternative® recessed roll towel dispensers are introduced, enabling office buildings to switch to portion controlled rolled towel systems, which significantly reduce towel waste.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

GP’s gypsum plant in Las Vegas, Nev., begins using co-generation to help meet its energy needs. As a result, the plant uses 70 percent less natural gas than traditional gypsum plants to produce wallboard.

EnvironmentalEconomic
1994 ESReport

The company publishes its first Environmental and Safety Report. The report features GP's new environmental and safety principles and a set of more than 50 goals designed to measure progress in these important areas.

SocialEnvironmental

Compact® bath tissue and dispensers are introduced for the away-from-home market. The coreless tissue and dispenser eliminate roll cores and significantly reduce packaging waste.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

GP enters into a unique land agreement with The Nature Conservancy to protect more than 21,000 acres along the Lower Roanoke River in North Carolina.

Environmental

1996

The Envision® line of commercial tissue products is introduced. This tissue and towel line meets or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended guidelines for total and post-consumer recycled fiber content.

EnvironmentalEconomic

Georgia-Pacific and the National Parks and Conservation Association form the “Partnership for Parks” to provide grants to national parks. Over the five years of the program, GP awards more than $1 million to help fund projects to restore park infrastructure, protect natural resources, and make historical and cultural sites easily accessible to park visitors.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
1996 Service Force

Georgia-Pacific’s employee volunteer program - ServiceForce - is created.

Social

1997

1997 keystone

The company begins sponsoring middle school science and math teachers to attend the nationally recognized Keystone Center for Education Key Issues Institute. Teachers attend a week-long program where they learn how to investigate current environmental issues in an unbiased way and take those methods back to their classrooms.

SocialEnvironmental

GP’s away-from-home tissue business introduces EVA2, the first computer program to measure both the environmental and economic value added by these products and to inform the buyer at the point of sale.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1998

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches Amres® high-efficiency, high-solids, shelf-stable wet strength resins HP product line technologies. These unique chemistries allow paper chemical customers to reduce resin usage and freight and to extend product storage life.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1999

1999 SFI standard

Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group becomes the first procurement organization to have its practices third-party certified under the SFI standard.

Environmental
1999 pso logo

The Packaging Systems Optimization (PSO®) program is formally established. Using a rigorous packaging system assessment, the program is designed to help customers reduce material use and costs and meet their sustainability goals.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2000

2000 Harmon

Harmon Associates expands its recovered fiber trading business into Europe. The company trades 2.7 million tons of recovered paper this year.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2000

Georgia-Pacific requires all its wood and fiber suppliers to use loggers trained in sustainable forestry practices.

Environmental

Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $20 billion for the first time.

Economic
2000 gpcarb

Georgia-Pacific develops a quantification model (GPCARB) to help estimate the amount of carbon sequestered in forest products in use. The model is accepted by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations.

Environmental

GP announces a $3 million gift over three years to support The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in the United States as part of its Last Great Places program.

SocialEnvironmental
2000 phac

The company implements its Product Hazard Analysis and Control (PHAC) management system to facilitate compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other product safety and environmental regulations as well as with customer and company requirements.

SocialEnvironmental

2002

2002 enmotion

Georgia-Pacific introduces the enMotion® ”touchless“ towel dispenser. By controlling the amount of towels dispensed, it reduces waste at the source as well as improves hygiene for consumers.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2002 harmon

GP develops a protocol for compiling greenhouse gas inventories for the company’s manufacturing facilities and subsequently completes its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from company facilities for the year 2000; the inventory will be conducted every other year.

Environmental

Harmon Associates begins to trade recovered fiber in Mexico and Latin America.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2002 easynap

Newly launched EasyNap® napkin dispensers reduce usage and waste by 30 percent compared with other standard products.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2003

2002 innovation center

GP’s packaging group opens the Innovation Institute, a package design and innovation lab that helps customers identify and reduce supply chain costs, optimize package designs, and measure sustainability factors.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2003_logging

Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group introduces Low Impact Thinning and Logging (LITE) for its timber suppliers. This enables them to log in the winter while minimizing the environmental effects of harvesting in wet weather.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2004

2004 qn logo

GP‘s Quilted Northern® bath tissue brand becomes a national sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series and a partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which helps fund research to find a cure for breast cancer.

Social
2004 rebuilding together

GP employees help repair dozens of homes for low-income elderly and disabled people through a partnership with Rebuilding Together and the PGA Grand Champions Tour.

Social

2005

2005 FSI

Georgia-Pacific‘s wood and fiber procurement group enters a partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to field test FSC standards and programs on private family forest lands in the South.

Environmental

GP receives the prestigious Catalyst Award for its recruitment, development and advancement of women.

SocialEconomic

2006

2006 trucks

GP develops a system that enables it to maximize truckload weights for its shipments of gypsum and wood products. The trucks still meet weight limits but can carry 5 to 10 percent more product per truckload, reducing vehicle miles traveled and the resulting environmental impact.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2006 radiant barrier

The company introduces Thermostat® radiant barrier sheathings, plywood and oriented strand board panels with a layer of highly reflective aluminum foil that reflects up to 97 percent of radiant heat.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2006 bucket brigade

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade is launched. The program awards grants to fire departments in GP communities to help provide the materials firefighters need to protect their communities and educate the public. Hundreds of GP employees are volunteer firefighters in their communities.

SocialEconomic

Selected GP fiberglass mat gypsum wallboard products are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute as low-emitting building materials, making them products of choice for helping improve indoor air quality in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and offices.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2006 YEATL

The company establishes Youth Entrepreneurs® of Atlanta in two of the city's high schools. The program provides high school students with business and entrepreneurial education and hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in the marketplace and in life.

SocialEconomic
2006 tree planting

GP and the National Wild Turkey Federation are awarded a grant to work on a longleaf pine restoration project on a total of 7,000 acres of land in the Southeast over three years.

Environmental

2007

2007 harmon

Harmon Associates expands into recycling plastic and metal for its customers. In addition, the company expands its presence to serve the growing recycling market in India.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2007 green by design

Georgia-Pacific Professional begins showcasing the environmental benefits of its products using its Green by Design designation. These products support the U.S. EPA‘s strategy of reduce, reuse and recycle.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

Georgia-Pacific names its first chief sustainability officer, recognizing the increasing importance of sustainability to the success of the company and to customer relationships.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

2008

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products joins the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. EPA and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing air pollution.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2008 sdsi

GP’s consumer products group is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Champion in its Design for the Environment Program’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). The program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI.

Environmental

GP’s Angel Soft® brand bath tissue becomes the company’s first “billion-dollar brand,” with retail sales of more than $1 billion in one 52-week period.

Economic
2008 VPP

With six more facilities accepted into OSHA‘s VPP during the year, GP now has more than 80 in the program, which recognizes the efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

Social

Georgia-Pacific's consumer products retail business is named Supplier of the Year by Walmart, its top customer, in recognition of GP's level of service and business growth with the retailer. Walmart recognized the group's performance in its Consumables Division as well as in Department 4, which includes products representing thousands of brand name and private label suppliers.

Economic
FSC

Georgia­-Pacific’s cellulose mills are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council’s® chain of custody and controlled wood programs.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2009

2009 SFI

Georgia-Pacific receives the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's® (SFI®) 2009 President's Award for its efforts to increase understanding of SFI's fiber sourcing program and how it supports family forest owners across the United States.

Environmental
2009 smartway

The U.S. EPA names Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products a SmartWay® Excellence Award winner, recognizing the company for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2009 leaf

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches a new line of low-emission adhesives called LEAF adhesives. These products are designed to help in complying with a variety of green building standards. The first products in this line are designed for particleboard and medium density fiberboard used in furniture, paneling, cabinetry and other products with composite wood parts.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2010

2010 sustainable forestry

Georgia-Pacific expands its forest protection and sustainability efforts by adopting an updated forest policy statement. GP's "Statement on Forest Protection and Sustainable Practices" affirms and expands the company's commitment to sustainable forestry and other practices, including recycling. It also establishes a scientific methodology to identify and protect endangered forests and special areas in the United States and promotes conservation of forest diversity.

SocialEnvironmental
2010 supplier of year

Georgia-Pacific Professional is named Green Supplier of the Year by its customer W.W. Grainger, Inc., a leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies. The award recognizes Georgia-Pacific Professional's efforts to build social, environmental and economic sustainability into its products and processes through its Green by Design® program. The business was also recognized with a Partners in Performance Award for operational excellence.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2010 supplier guidelines

Georgia-Pacific adopts a set of guidelines for its suppliers that establishes the company’s performance expectations in the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2010 logo

Georgia­-Pacific’s consumer products and containerboard mills are chain-of-custody certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM) standards. 

EnvironmentalEconomic
2010 QN logo

Quilted Northern® brand bath tissue becomes Georgia-Pacific’s second “billion-dollar brand,” with retail sales of more than $1 billion in a 52-week period.

Economic

2011

2011 chesnutt

Georgia-Pacific joined with The American Chestnut Foundation in an effort to reintroduce the American chestnut to its native habitat. The organizations planted 560 test chestnut saplings at GP's Big Island, Va., mill, which has made a 20-year commitment to provide and manage a protected plot of land so the saplings can be monitored in a natural setting. This event marked The American Chestnut Foundation's first corporate planting collaboration.

SocialEnvironmental
2011 check

Georgia-Pacific provides $50,000 to the Vernonia Education Foundation in Vernonia, Ore., to help purchase timber products to build the Vernonia Rural Sustainability Center (VRSC) as part of the Vernonia School District's K-12 campus. The VRSC will include the school district's science classrooms and shop, and provide research, classroom and meeting space for college, community college and private sector research and job training initiatives connected to the development of forest sustainability and environmental stewardship best practices. The Vernonia community was severely damaged by a flood in 2007.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2011 logos

Georgia­-Pacific’s cellulose mills are chain-of-custody certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM) standards. Our consumer products and containerboard mills are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council’s® chain of custody and controlled wood programs.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2011 betterpractices

Georgia-Pacific becomes a participant in Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, an initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association that establishes one of the most extensive and quantifiable sets of sustainability goals of any major manufacturing industry in the United States. 

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

2012

2012 bucket brigade

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ program tops $1 million in direct contributions and educational supplies to fire departments in GP communities. Since the program began in 1996, the grants have been used to provide the equipment firefighters need to protect their communities.

SocialEconomic
2012 GP Building

Georgia­-Pacific Center, the company’s Atlanta headquarters, receives Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED program provides a framework for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. 

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2012 logo

Georgia­-Pacific’s packaging plants achieve chain of custody certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM). Our Dixie® business achieves chain of custody certification to the SFI Standard.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2013

2012 Campbell

Georgia-­Pacific becomes a charter member of the Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council. The Institute provides a forum for leading organizations to share and promote environment, health and safety best practices. 

SocialEnvironmental
brawny wounded warrior

Georgia-Pacific’s donations to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) surpass $1.4 million.  The company’s Brawny® paper towel brand began its partnership with WWP in 2012.  WWP works to raise awareness of and enlist support for injured U.S. service members. 

Social
2013-gp_temple products

Georgia-Pacific acquires Buckeye Technologies, a maker of specialty fibers and nonwovens, and Temple-Inland Building Products, with 15 U.S. facilities that make fiberboard, gypsum products, lumber, medium density fiberboard and particleboard.  These acquisitions provide a platform for new growth in key areas for the company.   

Economic
2013_YEGeorgia_logo

Youth Entrepreneurs® Atlanta becomes Youth Entrepreneurs® Georgia, expanding its reach to school systems outside the city of Atlanta where it has reached more than 1,500 students since 2006.  The program provides high school students with business and entrepreneurial education and hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in the marketplace and in life.

 
 

SocialEconomic

1930

Cormatic®, a controlled towel dispensing system (now produced by Georgia-Pacific), is introduced. The first of its kind, it dispenses towels one at a time “hands free.”

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

1930s

1930s Fort Howard

Fort Howard Paper Company (now owned by Georgia-Pacific) starts using recovered paper to make tissue products at its Green Bay, Wis., mill.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1941-1945

1941_wedge

Georgia-Pacific was the largest supplier of lumber to the U.S. Armed Forces and was awarded the Army-Navy "E" for outstanding service in the war effort.

SocialEconomic

1958

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation is created to serve as the company's community investment arm.

SocialEconomic

1963

1963 Fordyce

GP begins operating the nation’s first Southern pine plywood plant at Fordyce, Ark. In developing commercially viable plywood from fast-growing Southern pine trees, the company makes use of an underutilized resource.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

1968

Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $1 billion for the first time.

Economic

1969

The company donates California redwood groves, valued at more than $6 million, to the public.

Environmental

1970

Harmon Associates (now a part of Georgia-Pacific) is founded as a regional trader of recovered paper for use in containerboard and gypsum paperboard.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1980

1980 OSB

GP begins making oriented strand board (OSB), a new type of structural panel. OSB helps make more efficient use of the forest resource by using smaller trees or trees and wood fiber that cannot be made into other products.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1981

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals enters the crude tall oil fractionation business, adding value to by-products from GP paper mills.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1989

1989

Georgia-Pacific’s sales exceed $10 billion for the first time.

Economic

1992

1992_wallboard

Georgia-Pacific begins manufacturing synthetic gypsum wallboard using the output of the Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) process. This process removes sulfur dioxide from the emissions of fossil-fuel-burning power plants. Using this by-product helps conserve landfill space.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1993

1993_woodpecker

Georgia-Pacific enters into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on company forestlands.

Environmental

GP Chairman Pete Correll is appointed to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to help identify ways for the country to grow economically while sustaining the environment for future generations.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
1993 VPPlogo

The company’s Crossett, Ark., pulp and paper mill is accepted into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which recognizes exemplary safety programs. GP is the first forest products company to be accepted into the program.

Social

1994

1994 SFI logo

Georgia-Pacific is a founding/charter member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), a program that promotes sustainable forestry practices.

Environmental

The Better Alternative® recessed roll towel dispensers are introduced, enabling office buildings to switch to portion controlled rolled towel systems, which significantly reduce towel waste.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

GP’s gypsum plant in Las Vegas, Nev., begins using co-generation to help meet its energy needs. As a result, the plant uses 70 percent less natural gas than traditional gypsum plants to produce wallboard.

EnvironmentalEconomic
1994 ESReport

The company publishes its first Environmental and Safety Report. The report features GP's new environmental and safety principles and a set of more than 50 goals designed to measure progress in these important areas.

SocialEnvironmental

Compact® bath tissue and dispensers are introduced for the away-from-home market. The coreless tissue and dispenser eliminate roll cores and significantly reduce packaging waste.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

GP enters into a unique land agreement with The Nature Conservancy to protect more than 21,000 acres along the Lower Roanoke River in North Carolina.

Environmental

1996

The Envision® line of commercial tissue products is introduced. This tissue and towel line meets or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended guidelines for total and post-consumer recycled fiber content.

EnvironmentalEconomic

Georgia-Pacific and the National Parks and Conservation Association form the “Partnership for Parks” to provide grants to national parks. Over the five years of the program, GP awards more than $1 million to help fund projects to restore park infrastructure, protect natural resources, and make historical and cultural sites easily accessible to park visitors.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
1996 Service Force

Georgia-Pacific’s employee volunteer program - ServiceForce - is created.

Social

1997

1997 keystone

The company begins sponsoring middle school science and math teachers to attend the nationally recognized Keystone Center for Education Key Issues Institute. Teachers attend a week-long program where they learn how to investigate current environmental issues in an unbiased way and take those methods back to their classrooms.

SocialEnvironmental

GP’s away-from-home tissue business introduces EVA2, the first computer program to measure both the environmental and economic value added by these products and to inform the buyer at the point of sale.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1998

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches Amres® high-efficiency, high-solids, shelf-stable wet strength resins HP product line technologies. These unique chemistries allow paper chemical customers to reduce resin usage and freight and to extend product storage life.

EnvironmentalEconomic

1999

1999 SFI standard

Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group becomes the first procurement organization to have its practices third-party certified under the SFI standard.

Environmental
1999 pso logo

The Packaging Systems Optimization (PSO®) program is formally established. Using a rigorous packaging system assessment, the program is designed to help customers reduce material use and costs and meet their sustainability goals.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2000

2000 Harmon

Harmon Associates expands its recovered fiber trading business into Europe. The company trades 2.7 million tons of recovered paper this year.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2000

Georgia-Pacific requires all its wood and fiber suppliers to use loggers trained in sustainable forestry practices.

Environmental

Georgia-Pacific's sales exceed $20 billion for the first time.

Economic
2000 gpcarb

Georgia-Pacific develops a quantification model (GPCARB) to help estimate the amount of carbon sequestered in forest products in use. The model is accepted by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations.

Environmental

GP announces a $3 million gift over three years to support The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in the United States as part of its Last Great Places program.

SocialEnvironmental
2000 phac

The company implements its Product Hazard Analysis and Control (PHAC) management system to facilitate compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other product safety and environmental regulations as well as with customer and company requirements.

SocialEnvironmental

2002

2002 enmotion

Georgia-Pacific introduces the enMotion® ”touchless“ towel dispenser. By controlling the amount of towels dispensed, it reduces waste at the source as well as improves hygiene for consumers.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2002 harmon

GP develops a protocol for compiling greenhouse gas inventories for the company’s manufacturing facilities and subsequently completes its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from company facilities for the year 2000; the inventory will be conducted every other year.

Environmental

Harmon Associates begins to trade recovered fiber in Mexico and Latin America.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2002 easynap

Newly launched EasyNap® napkin dispensers reduce usage and waste by 30 percent compared with other standard products.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2003

2002 innovation center

GP’s packaging group opens the Innovation Institute, a package design and innovation lab that helps customers identify and reduce supply chain costs, optimize package designs, and measure sustainability factors.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2003_logging

Georgia-Pacific’s wood and fiber procurement group introduces Low Impact Thinning and Logging (LITE) for its timber suppliers. This enables them to log in the winter while minimizing the environmental effects of harvesting in wet weather.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2004

2004 qn logo

GP‘s Quilted Northern® bath tissue brand becomes a national sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series and a partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which helps fund research to find a cure for breast cancer.

Social
2004 rebuilding together

GP employees help repair dozens of homes for low-income elderly and disabled people through a partnership with Rebuilding Together and the PGA Grand Champions Tour.

Social

2005

2005 FSI

Georgia-Pacific‘s wood and fiber procurement group enters a partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to field test FSC standards and programs on private family forest lands in the South.

Environmental

GP receives the prestigious Catalyst Award for its recruitment, development and advancement of women.

SocialEconomic

2006

2006 trucks

GP develops a system that enables it to maximize truckload weights for its shipments of gypsum and wood products. The trucks still meet weight limits but can carry 5 to 10 percent more product per truckload, reducing vehicle miles traveled and the resulting environmental impact.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2006 radiant barrier

The company introduces Thermostat® radiant barrier sheathings, plywood and oriented strand board panels with a layer of highly reflective aluminum foil that reflects up to 97 percent of radiant heat.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2006 bucket brigade

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade is launched. The program awards grants to fire departments in GP communities to help provide the materials firefighters need to protect their communities and educate the public. Hundreds of GP employees are volunteer firefighters in their communities.

SocialEconomic

Selected GP fiberglass mat gypsum wallboard products are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute as low-emitting building materials, making them products of choice for helping improve indoor air quality in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and offices.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2006 YEATL

The company establishes Youth Entrepreneurs® of Atlanta in two of the city's high schools. The program provides high school students with business and entrepreneurial education and hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in the marketplace and in life.

SocialEconomic
2006 tree planting

GP and the National Wild Turkey Federation are awarded a grant to work on a longleaf pine restoration project on a total of 7,000 acres of land in the Southeast over three years.

Environmental

2007

2007 harmon

Harmon Associates expands into recycling plastic and metal for its customers. In addition, the company expands its presence to serve the growing recycling market in India.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2007 green by design

Georgia-Pacific Professional begins showcasing the environmental benefits of its products using its Green by Design designation. These products support the U.S. EPA‘s strategy of reduce, reuse and recycle.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

Georgia-Pacific names its first chief sustainability officer, recognizing the increasing importance of sustainability to the success of the company and to customer relationships.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic

2008

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products joins the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. EPA and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing air pollution.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2008 sdsi

GP’s consumer products group is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a Champion in its Design for the Environment Program’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). The program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI.

Environmental

GP’s Angel Soft® brand bath tissue becomes the company’s first “billion-dollar brand,” with retail sales of more than $1 billion in one 52-week period.

Economic
2008 VPP

With six more facilities accepted into OSHA‘s VPP during the year, GP now has more than 80 in the program, which recognizes the efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

Social

Georgia-Pacific's consumer products retail business is named Supplier of the Year by Walmart, its top customer, in recognition of GP's level of service and business growth with the retailer. Walmart recognized the group's performance in its Consumables Division as well as in Department 4, which includes products representing thousands of brand name and private label suppliers.

Economic
FSC

Georgia­-Pacific’s cellulose mills are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council’s® chain of custody and controlled wood programs.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2009

2009 SFI

Georgia-Pacific receives the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's® (SFI®) 2009 President's Award for its efforts to increase understanding of SFI's fiber sourcing program and how it supports family forest owners across the United States.

Environmental
2009 smartway

The U.S. EPA names Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products a SmartWay® Excellence Award winner, recognizing the company for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

EnvironmentalEconomic
2009 leaf

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals launches a new line of low-emission adhesives called LEAF adhesives. These products are designed to help in complying with a variety of green building standards. The first products in this line are designed for particleboard and medium density fiberboard used in furniture, paneling, cabinetry and other products with composite wood parts.

EnvironmentalEconomic

2010

2010 sustainable forestry

Georgia-Pacific expands its forest protection and sustainability efforts by adopting an updated forest policy statement. GP's "Statement on Forest Protection and Sustainable Practices" affirms and expands the company's commitment to sustainable forestry and other practices, including recycling. It also establishes a scientific methodology to identify and protect endangered forests and special areas in the United States and promotes conservation of forest diversity.

SocialEnvironmental
2010 supplier of year

Georgia-Pacific Professional is named Green Supplier of the Year by its customer W.W. Grainger, Inc., a leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies. The award recognizes Georgia-Pacific Professional's efforts to build social, environmental and economic sustainability into its products and processes through its Green by Design® program. The business was also recognized with a Partners in Performance Award for operational excellence.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2010 supplier guidelines

Georgia-Pacific adopts a set of guidelines for its suppliers that establishes the company’s performance expectations in the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.

SocialEnvironmentalEconomic
2010 logo

Georgia­-Pacific’s consumer products and containerboard mills are chain-of-custody certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM) standards. 

EnvironmentalEconomic
2010 QN logo

Quilted Northern® brand bath tissue becomes Georgia-Pacific’s second “billion-dollar brand,” with retail sales of more than $1 billion in a 52-week period.

Economic

2011

2011 chesnutt

Georgia-Pacific joined with The American Chestnut Foundation in an effort to reintroduce the American chestnut to its native habitat. The organizations planted 560 test chestnut saplings at GP's Big Island, Va., mill, which has made a 20-year commitment to provide and manage a protected plot of land so the saplings can be monitored in a natural setting. This event marked The American Chestnut Foundation's first corporate planting collaboration.

SocialEnvironmental
2011 check

Georgia-Pacific provides $50,000 to the Vernonia Education Foundation in Vernonia, Ore., to help purchase timber products to build the Vernonia Rural Sustainability Center (VRSC) as part of the Vernonia School District's K-12 campus. The VRSC will include the school district's science classrooms and shop, and provide research, classroom and meeting space for college, community college and private sector research and job training initiatives connected to the development of forest sustainability and environmental stewardship best practices. The Vernonia community was severely damaged by a flood in 2007.

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Georgia­-Pacific’s cellulose mills are chain-of-custody certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM) standards. Our consumer products and containerboard mills are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council’s® chain of custody and controlled wood programs.

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2011 betterpractices

Georgia-Pacific becomes a participant in Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, an initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association that establishes one of the most extensive and quantifiable sets of sustainability goals of any major manufacturing industry in the United States. 

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2012

2012 bucket brigade

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ program tops $1 million in direct contributions and educational supplies to fire departments in GP communities. Since the program began in 1996, the grants have been used to provide the equipment firefighters need to protect their communities.

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2012 GP Building

Georgia­-Pacific Center, the company’s Atlanta headquarters, receives Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED program provides a framework for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. 

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Georgia­-Pacific’s packaging plants achieve chain of custody certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM). Our Dixie® business achieves chain of custody certification to the SFI Standard.

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2013

2012 Campbell

Georgia-­Pacific becomes a charter member of the Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council. The Institute provides a forum for leading organizations to share and promote environment, health and safety best practices. 

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Georgia-Pacific’s donations to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) surpass $1.4 million.  The company’s Brawny® paper towel brand began its partnership with WWP in 2012.  WWP works to raise awareness of and enlist support for injured U.S. service members. 

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2013-gp_temple products

Georgia-Pacific acquires Buckeye Technologies, a maker of specialty fibers and nonwovens, and Temple-Inland Building Products, with 15 U.S. facilities that make fiberboard, gypsum products, lumber, medium density fiberboard and particleboard.  These acquisitions provide a platform for new growth in key areas for the company.   

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Youth Entrepreneurs® Atlanta becomes Youth Entrepreneurs® Georgia, expanding its reach to school systems outside the city of Atlanta where it has reached more than 1,500 students since 2006.  The program provides high school students with business and entrepreneurial education and hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in the marketplace and in life.

 
 

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