KapStone is committed to maintaining high environmental, health and safety standards which meet or exceed those established by all relevant laws and regulations. We go beyond globally recognized environmental standards such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiatives (SFI®), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) and applicable Chain of Custody standards. We strive to exceed the environmental improvement goals set forth by the American Forest and Paper Association.
KapStone’s goal is 100% compliance with all environmental laws and regulations wherever we do business. This is achieved by identifying, understanding and giving priority consideration to the environmental aspects and impacts of KapStone’s activities, products and services while integrating continual environmental improvement and employee diligence into daily operations.
KapStone encourages individual ownership and best practice health and safety initiatives to create an accident-free and injury-free workplace. At the core of KapStone’s operating philosophy is safeguarding our employees, equipment and facilities through effective management systems, employee involvement, and world class training systems.
KapStone Facility Managers certify to KapStone corporate management the facility’s compliance status with all applicable environmental regulations, permit conditions and health and safety regulations on a quarterly basis.
We produce Containerboard and specialty paperboard, kraft papers and corrugated packaging, from a combination of recycled and renewable resources. Paper and recovered fiber and saw timber are supplied in compliance with sourcing requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and tracked through the SFI®, FSC®, and PEFC™ Chain of Custody standards. Our containerboard and cartonboard products are converted by our customers into packaging products that have some of the highest recycling rates in North America.
We are committed to improving our environmental performance and establishing aggressive annual goals that are in alignment with the American Forest and Paper Association 2020 objectives.
We will continue to make capital and process improvements to reduce all emissions, reduce solid waste, reduce chemical usage, and reduce water usage.
We will continue implementation of our Environmental Management System to insure 100% regulatory compliance and meet our performance goal of Zero Environmental Incidents.
We use Continuous Process Improvement in a TEAM environment in conjunction with technology to be innovative, safe, environmentally conscious and profitable. We build long term relationships as valued partners to our customers and our suppliers. We make investments to maintain reliable manufacturing operations that enhance customer and shareholder value through strategic growth and improved operational effectiveness.
KapStone operating units have primary responsibility for compliance with all environmental regulations and requirements. Therefore, it is necessary that good communications on environmental matters exist between the individual operating units and corporate management.
We set annual operating goals to further reduce air emissions, conserve water resources and reduce chemical losses. We are committed to Continuous Improvement by reducing emissions as part of our Sustainability Commitment. Our work in the areas of carbon foot printing and energy efficiency is included in our annual objective setting. We recognize the responsibility of providing fellow employees with a safe and healthy work environment. As such Safety is a core operating value of our company. Our OSHA safety incident goal is to achieve world class safety performance.
Manage natural resources recognizing responsibilities to the environment, customers, employees, the communities in which we do business, and our shareholders.
Each facility shall operate in a manner that does not create significant risk or harm to human health or the environment. Each facility should assess its operating manpower to make sure it is capable of providing the necessary day-to-day operation and maintenance of its environmental treatment and control facilities and management programs.