ATLANTA, May 12, 2022 -- WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, today announced the publication of WestRock’s 2021 Sustainability Report, detailing the comprehensive efforts the company is making for, and with, customers to imagine and deliver on the promise of a sustainable future.

Resolute today released highlights of our 2021 environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. As disclosed earlier today as part of our first quarter results, we surpassed our 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission (scope 1 and 2) reduction target, cutting them by 34% compared to 2015 levels.

As part of our 2030 Strategy and sustainability commitments, we have set a range of targets covering the materials we use to deliver the safe, hygienic and fit for purpose packaging, needed by consumers globally.

Why does the packaging that surrounds a product become waste? The simplest reason is that there are failings in the systems which collect, sort and recycle packaging materials. In many countries, those systems are outdated or may not even exist yet.

Looking back at 2021, it was quite a dynamic year. Our business in the containerboards grew at a rapid pace driven by the exponential growth of e-commerce, fuelled by the pandemic, and combined with the push to replace plastic packaging with renewable, recyclable solutions.

At Resolute, we operate assets to the best of our ability and make the most of what we have. By improving the energy efficiency of our facilities and switching to low-emission fuels, we are earning the right to be in business – a key element of our long-term sustainability strategy.

Sustainability has become an increasingly hot topic in the packaging industry, partially driven by new EU regulatory frameworks, which set out new requirements for packaging.

WASHINGTON — The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Board of Directors today announced advocacy priorities the association will pursue to help ensure the paper and wood products industry’s sustainability success and economic impact in 2022.

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