Sustainability

A green palm leaf

Sustainability 2015 was our first sustainable development program.

Launched in 2010, it aimed to improve our environmental footprint while benefiting the communities in which we operate. Launched in 2010, it aimed to improve our environmental footprint while benefiting the communities in which we operate.

Driven by eight specific targets.

Sustainability 2015 marked our move to a more systematic approach to reducing our environmental impact. We are incorporating sustainability into our products and into every aspect of our operations – all day, every day.

From the way we manage our fibre procurement and engage our local communities to how we use electricity and invest our profits, Kruger Products considers its impact on the natural environment.

Sustainability 2015 is not a standalone initiative.

Mario Gosselin, CEO

It marked an exciting shift in our philosophical approach, helping us do more to protect our planet. We intend to continue our progress through the introduction of our Sustainability

2020 program set to launch later this year. Our goals are neither trivial nor inexpensive. Rather, they challenge Kruger Products to be creative and committed.

We put our money where our mouth is.

Our financial investment in reducing our ecological footprint is significant. Fortunately, many of our actions will result in long-term savings whether they are due to improved energy intensity, less waste production or a more effective supply chain.

Today’s investment in sustainability will help ensure that our children and yours inherit a healthy planet that will nurture their children, too.

Nexterra Biogasification System, New Westminster, BC

Our Progress

Eight specific, actionable, and attainable targets were at the heart of Kruger Products’ Sustainability 2015 initiative. These targets were established using 2009 as a baseline. Collectively, they exemplify our genuine ongoing efforts to reduce our environmental  footprint, and to make our products and operations more sustainable.

Achieved

FSC® certification

Kruger Products was the first Canadian tissue manufacturer to earn FSC® Chain of Custody Certification from the Rainforest Alliance.

Achieved

100% certified fibre

100% of our fibres are third-party certified. Fifty-seven percent are Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified.

Exceeded

5% reduced packaging

We reduced our packaging material by 13%! The weight of this material is the equivalent to the weight of 162 “767” airplanes. Our shipping cases, paper towel and facial tissue cores and facial tissue cartons are all made from 100% recycled fibre. Many of our packaging materials are recyclable where facilities exist.

Achieved

100+ certified products

We added over 60 third-party certified products including FSC® certified and/or UL ECOLOGO certified offerings. Kruger Products offers one of the largest portfolios of third-party certified portfolios in North America and continus to be the leading manufacturer of such innovative products.

Improved

15% reduced energy use

Through 2015, we reduced our overall energy consumption by 5% and our Canadian energy consumption by 20% – enough to power over 34,000 Canadian homes.

Exceeded

15% reduced emissions

We reduced overall GHG emissions by 18% and Canadian emissions by 27% by reducing our consumption of traditional energy and increasing our use of alternative and renewable energy. This represents the equivalent of planting 29 million trees.

Improved

15% reduced transport emissions

We improved our transportation efficiency by 9%, primarily through increased cube utilization on shipments resulting in improved logistics and shipping efficiencies, and increasing use of lower carbon-emitting modes of transportation, such as rail.

Exceeded

15% reduced water usage

We reduced our overall water consumption by 18% without compromising our wastewater treatment standards. This savings in water is equivalent to over 1800 Olympic swimming pools.

Our Shrinking Footprint

Sustainability progress at a glance

The following graphic identifies our 2009 baseline footprint (green) in six areas of our Sustainability 2015 initiative. Our 2015 actual footprint (brown) shows continued progress in most areas, with the exception of energy consumption. Our 2015 target footprint (gold) identifies our final program objective.

Scope 1
GHG Emissions (MT CO2 e/MDMT)
Water
Consumption (M3/MDMT)
Packaging
Material (pounds/quota case)
Third-Party
Certified Fibre (% of total)
Cube
Optimization (m3/Shipment)
Energy
Consumption (GJ/MDMT)

2009 Baseline

2015 Actual

2015 Target

MDMT= Machine Dried Metric Tonne

Our Reports

Each year we report our progress towards achieving our sustainability targets. This transparent reporting holds us accountable while allowing our key stakeholders to monitor our progress.

Thought Leadership

At Kruger Products, we recognize that we have valuable experience to share and valuable knowledge to gain. With this in mind, we partnered with Canadian Grocer in 2012 to create the Leaders in Sustainable Thinking thought leadership roundtable series. Our goal: to uncover innovative solutions for consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers, and to promote industry best practices and collaboration.

Collaboration in Times of Uncertainty (2016)
Why business must develop a collective consciousness
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State of Green (2015)
A Sustainable Approach to Mitigating Risk in an Uncertain World
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Sustainable Logistics & Transport (2014)
Sustainable Transportation and Logistics in Consumer Packaged Goods
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Responsible Sourcing (2013)
Uncovering the Drive Towards Responsible Sourcing by the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
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White Paper (2012)
Helping Canadian Households Achieve Their Sustainability Goals
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Sustainability Resource Centre

We worked with CanadianGrocer.com to create and exclusively sponsor the Sustainability Resource Centre to spotlight industry best practices in the areas of green consumers, responsible sourcing, products and packaging, operations and logistics, and going green.

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Our Policies

The following policies guide our sustainability actions both internally as well as with our supply chain partners.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
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Environmental Policy
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Fibre Procurement Policy
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Supplier Sustainability Policy
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More Resources

2015 Sustainability brochure
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FSC® brochure
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FSC® certificate
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Green Building brochure
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