Committed To Sustainability

Leading the way in environmental responsibility

Long before it became fashionable, Green Bay Packaging Inc. was integrating sustainable practices to optimize resources that meet present needs without compromising future resources.

Our Sustainable Commitment

At Green Bay Packaging, we integrate sustainable practices to optimize resources and responsibly balance economic, social and environmental goals in producing quality and innovative products for our customers. Striving for continuous improvement in performance, Green Bay Packaging is committed to the pursuit of sustainable principles that support a responsible and effective stewardship.

As a commitment to superior performance, components of the sustainable strategy include:

  • balancing economic, social responsibility and environmental stewardship
  • managing operations in a manner that protects the environment, health and safety of our employees and communities
  • striving for continuous improvement in sustainable performance
  • reviewing systems and operating practices to ensure regulatory compliance and corrective actions
  • working proactively with customers and suppliers to effectively produce quality goods that maintain product guarantee standards

Corrugated packaging is sustainable packaging

  • 100% recyclable.
  • The most recycled form of packaging.
  • Sustainable packaging that meets market criteria for performance and cost.
  • A renewable resource from sustainable forestry lands and recycling of urban paperchase.
  • A high degree of stewardship throughout life cycle.
  • Maximizing use of renewable and recycled materials.
  • More than 77% of corrugated containers are recovered for recycling—more than any other packaging material.

Sustainable Packaging: Green Bay Packaging Inc. Puts the GREEN in Packaging.

Green Bay Packaging recycles old corrugated containers (OCC) and waste papers for reuse in the papermaking process for sustainable savings.

A vertically integrated company, Green Bay Packaging maintains company forest lands and assists private landowners in planting more than five (5) million trees annually, for a total of more than 110 million trees planted since 1971.

Green Bay Packaging’s Sustainable Certifications include:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Certified Fiber Sourcing Certification at all box plants.
  • SFI Certified Fiber Sourcing Certification at Arkansas Kraft Mill
  • SFI Chain of Custody Certification (100% post-consumer recycled) at Green Bay Mill
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody Certification at Green Bay Mill
  • SFI Certified Fiber Sourcing Certification at Folding Carton Division
  • For more information on SFI Program, please see
  • For more information on FSC, please see


Fiber Certifications

Green Bay Packaging Inc. demonstrates its commitment to sustainable initiatives through its participation and support in various programs and certifications.

FSC Chain-of-Custody
Paper Mill Green Bay Mill 100% Post-Consumer Recycled FSC/SFI C-O-C
Coated Products Operations Green Bay, WI
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Winchester, VA
SFI Certified Sourcing
Corrugated Shipping Container Plants Archbold, OH
Baltimore, MD
Chicago, IL
Chickasha, OK
Cincinnati, OH
De Pere, WI
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Franksville, WI
Fremont, OH
Germantown, WI
Green Bay, WI
Kalamazoo, MI
Minneapolis, MN
Pulakski, TN
Tulsa, OK
Wausau, WI
Paper Mill and Fiber Procurement Arkansas Kraft Mill Morrilton, AR
Lumber Pinecrest Lumber Plumerville, AR
Timber Lands Fiber Resource Division Morrilton, AR
Folding Cartons Folding Carton Division De Pere, WI
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

Green Bay Packaging Inc. became FSC® Chain-of-Custody certified for our 100% recycled OCC linerboard at the Green Bay Mill in June 2008. We believe we are one of the first to be certified to these standards (100% recycled linerboard) in the United States.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)

Green Bay Packaging Inc. is SFI® certified in 17 of its corrugated shipping container plants, as well as the Green Bay Mill and Folding Carton Division. SFI certification recognizes that at least 2/3 of the company’s packaging fiber materials originate from sustainable sources. Green Bay Packaging exceeds this standard with more than 95 percent of raw material from SFI certified sources or recycled content.

SFI® Sustainability Forestry Policy

Green Bay Packaging’s SFI Sustainable Forestry Policy demonstrates a continuous commitment to the SFI program throughout the company. Sustainable Forestry Policy

ISO 14001

Green Bay Packaging’s Wausau Division is ISO 14001:2004 certified.

Memberships & Associations

Green Bay Packaging Inc. supports and participates in various organizations and programs dedicated to environmental and sustainable stewardship.

Green Masters Program

The Green Masters Program recognizes Wisconsin businesses and institutions that are committed to sustainability. The program also provides informed resources between businesses and sustainability initiatives, enabling better decisions that lead to reduced environmental impact, cost reductions and social benefits.

Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a pilot company and sponsor of the Green Masters Program, and has been recognized five years in a row as a Green Master at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference. Learn More.

Trees for Tomorrow

For more than 25 years, Green Bay Packaging Inc. has supported Trees for Tomorrow, donating funds for teachers and students to attend natural resource specialty classes on conservation values, forests, and contemporary resource management practices of the paper industry.

Trees for the Future (TFTF)

In 1980, Green Bay Packaging Inc. initiated the Trees for the Future (TFTF) program to protect and enhance the natural life cycle of forest lands. The TFTF is active with private landowners to sustainably manage forest lands, working with the American Tree Farm System, and promoting and encouraging membership with the Arkansas Forestry Association.

American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA)

Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a member of the AFPA, which is the national trade association of the forest products industry. The organization promotes sustainable policies of the U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI)

NCASI is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental topics of interest to the forest products industry.

Fibre Box Association (FBA)

The FBA is a non-profit organization representing and serving the corrugated industry.

Wisconsin Paper Council

The Wisconsin Paper Council is a trade association, representing the pulp and paper industry, headquartered in Neenah, Wis. The WPC represents members in public affairs and public relations matters, serves as a center for the exchange of ideas, and distributes information concerning the industry.

Commitment to Responsible Business Practices
Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) is committed to responsible and ethical business practices in all of its operations. It has commitment to its employees, customers, suppliers and all of the communities in which it operates.
GBP’s core values include accountability, transparency and a commitment to continuous improvement in its products, operations, training and sustainable practices. Human Rights

Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunities Employer

GBP provides equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees. Personnel are employed based on abilities and merit without regard to personal characteristics of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any protected category under state, local or federal law. GBP strives to maintain a respectful work environment free from harassment of any type.

Freedom of Association

GBP respects employees’ right to associate freely and to join legally sanctioned associations or organizations.

Child and Forced Labor

In every geographical area in which it operates, GBP complies with all laws and regulations regarding employment of younger workers. GBP provides training and a safe working environment for all of its employees.

Reporting of Illegal or Unethical Behavior

If employees become aware of an illegal or unethical act, they are asked to report it to their supervisors or human resources department. No action will be taken or tolerated against an employee, who in good faith, reports such an act.

CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

GBP conducts business in compliance with laws of fairness and human rights and expects suppliers to meet similar standards.

GBP conducts a risk-based supplier assessment as necessary and requires compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The majority of GBP’s suppliers are located in the United States. GBP does not conduct third-party on-site audits at this time. GBP trains employees responsible for supply chain management on how to identify and respond to supply chain concerns.

Labor Practices

Wage & Work Laws

GBP complies with all applicable labor, minimum wage, work, overtime and maximum hour laws.

Health and Safety

GBP is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. Resources and training are provided to employees. Systems are in place to manage, track and report occupational injuries and illness for purposes of reducing injuries and facilitating return to work.

Conflicts of Interest

GBP requires that all of its employees avoid conflicts of interest, real or apparent. Employees are not permitted to promote their own interest if such interest in any way conflicts with GBP, its customers or employees.

Audits and Assessments

Internal audits and assessments are conducted on a regular basis to ensure regulatory compliance, accountability and transparency.


Environmental Compliance

GBP is committed to comply with the letter and spirit of all environmental laws and regulations. GBP strives to ensure that its operations never pose significant risk to public health or environment.

Public Reporting

GBP takes great efforts to ensure proper permitting and reporting for environmental regulations, as required by federal, state and local laws.

Pollution Prevention and Resource Conservation

GBP is committed to the basic tenets of elimination, reduction, and reuse in the recycling of waste at its manufacturing operations. GBP has been recognized for its continuous improvements and resource conservation achievements.

Environmental Performance

GBP integrates sustainable practices to optimize resources and responsibly balance economic, social and environmental goals in producing quality and innovative products for customers.

Promotion and Restoration of Resources

GBP maintains Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification at its paper mills and all of its corrugated packaging divisions. It also maintains Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification at several divisions. Its timberland operations are SFI certified and GBP follows sustainable practices in all of its forestry operations, whether on its own lands or those of others.

Fair Operating Practices


GBP officers, employees or agents will not give nor accept business gratuities that are improper such as bribes, kickbacks, or undocumented payments. Suppliers are expected to comply with U.S Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and relevant anti-corruption laws.


GBP maintains the confidentiality of information entrusted to it by customers or vendors who request protection of their proprietary or confidential information.

Promoting Social Responsibility

Officers, employees and agents of GBP take steps to promote social responsibility within the company and through the chain of manufacturing.


Fair Marketing & Information

Officers, employees and agents will maintain fair practices for responsible and accurate marketing and product information.

Consumer Health & Safety

GBP products will not pose significant health and safety risks to consumers. Finished products and ingredients are evaluated with risk-based assessments to protect human health and safety.

Education & Awareness

Employees of GBP are made aware of effective practices to employ for customer and consumer services, protection of intellectual property, trademarks, and data integrity.

Sustainable Consumption

A long-time proponent of quality of life and resource conservation, GBP strives to minimize waste and pollutants and reduce use of resources throughout the manufacturing process.

Community Involvement & Development

Community Involvement & Social Investment

GBP invests in building infrastructure, employment creation and community development.

Officers and employees engage with communities above and beyond financial donations by contributing time and representation on numerous community service boards.

GBP sponsors the George Kress Foundation, named after its founder, which contributes financial resources to community services and capital projects for long-term community development and common good.

Employment Creation & Skills Development

When making investment decisions, GBP works with associations and educational programs to make positive social, economic, cultural and employment contributions to its communities.

Innovative Technology Development

GBP continues to create and provide public access to technological advances. Both George Kress and James Kress were inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame for numerous achievements, including a closed water loop which recycles process waters at a 100% recycled paperboard mill in 1992.

Environmental Policy

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is a privately-owned, vertically integrated, containerboard company with a heritage of environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. GBP has a proven commitment to protecting the environment and the health and safety of its employees, customers and their communities.

GBP has integrated environmental concerns into business decision-making and product development. It is committed to:

  • Comply with applicable regulations and laws
  • Strive for continuous improvement of environmental performance through advancing training, innovation and technology
  • Track and report environmental metrics and performance
  • Adopt, promote and enforce policies to protect the environment
  • Ensure environmental management systems align with operational and business frameworks
  • Conduct audits and self-assessments of environmental management systems and policies
  • Respond in a timely and appropriate manner to resolve concerns
  • Instruct employees in awareness and shared responsibility of environmental issues and good business practices
  • Communicate environmental principles and core values to employees, customers, suppliers, community and stakeholders
  • Constructively participate in development of public environmental policies
  • Promote sustainability by resource conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, efficiency, responsible forestry, and waste reduction in the workplace

The successful implementation of this policy depends on the commitment of employees at all levels of the company. Suggestions for improvements to environmental management systems is encouraged.

Achievements and Awards
Green Masters Award

Green Bay Packaging has been recognized as a Green Master company for the fifth consecutive year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference. The program encourages continuous improvement in nine areas, including energy, water, waste and social actions. (12/2014)

AF&PA Innovation in Sustainability Award

Arkansas Kraft Division received American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) first Innovation in Sustainability Award for achieving 100 percent fiber yield process recovery from wastewater system with innovative aeration technology. (11/2012)

Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership

Arkansas Kraft Division was awarded the 2011 Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership from the Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF). The award recognizes initiative and innovative leadership. The Arkansas Kraft Mill was presented the Diamond Award for its installation of a sustainable, closed-loop recycling project to increase paper fiber recovery yield. (11/2011)

Pretreatment Award

Green Bay Packaging’s Fort Worth Division received the Pretreatment Partnership Award from the Fort Worth Water Department for its continuing compliance with local, state and federal pretreatment regulations. (11/2013)

Business Friend of Environment Award

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Coated Products (GBCP) Division earned the 2011 Business Friend of Environment (BFOE) Award at the 22nd annual Environmental Policy and Awards Conference. GBCP was awarded the Pollution Prevention category for diverting more than 50 percent of its waste from landfill through recycling, reuse and waste-to-energy programs. (5/2011)

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Coated Products Division was recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the Federation of Environmental Technologists with the annual Governor’s Award for Leadership in Environmental Performance for its project modifying the facility’s wastewater pretreatment process, significantly reducing the quantity of solid waste generated along with overall operational and maintenance costs. (2008)

Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award

Green Bay Packaging Inc. was the recipient of the Environmental Stewardship Award from Orion Energy Systems for its completion of energy-efficient lighting retrofits in seven of its manufacturing facilities. The energy-efficient retrofits are projected to save about 4.56 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. (2006)

Brown County Business Recycling and Waste Minimization Award

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Mill Division was presented with the Brown County and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce award for recycling and waste minimization for the beneficial reuse of its secondary fiber rejects generated in its recycled fiber plant in the manufacture of paperboard materials. This recycling project diverted approximately 72,000 cubic yards of waste materials from the landfill on an annual basis. (2005)

Brown County Business Recycling and Waste Minimization Award

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Coated Products Division was presented with the Brown County and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce award for recycling and waste minimization for the diversion of waste pressure sensitive label stock from landfill.  Coated Products partnered with another company to convert 295 tons per month of this material into supplemental fuel pellets. (2004)

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Coated Products Division was recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the Federation of Environmental Technologists with the annual Governor’s Award for leadership in environmental performance for its project to convert previously land filled unrecyclable pressure sensitive roll label stock into supplemental fuel pellets for energy recovery. (2004)

Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Environmental Award for Innovative Technology

Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay Coated Products Division was presented with the Tag and Label Manufacturers Environmental Award for Innovative Technology for its project to convert unrecyclable pressure sensitive roll label stock into supplemental fuel pellets for energy recovery. Since the inception of this program, approximately 300 tons per month of solid waste has been diverted from the landfill and used in energy recovery. (2004)

Environment and Conservation Challenge Citation Award

Green Bay Packaging was recognized by President G.W. Bush with a Citation Award in the Innovation category of the Environment and Conservation Challenge program sponsored by the Council of Environmental Quality. (1991)