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What We Do
For us, creating value goes far beyond economic performance. It means doing the right thing. In the right way. Always. For our customers. For our employees. For our communities. For our environment.
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Every day, we work to create more value, using fewer resources than the day before. We do it by managing our resources in a way that benefits our customers, employees, partners, community members and society with a philosophy of mutual benefit. With more than 300 manufacturing sites across the United States, we’re one of America’s largest manufacturers. To stay in business for the long term, we must constantly improve and innovate – both in the products we make and how we make them.
Ninety-two percent. A total of 580 million pounds. That’s how much of the production-related waste (PRW) our reporting facilities recycled, recovered for energy or treated in 2018. From 2012 to 2018, we've reduced our production-related waste footprint by 41%. It’s a commitment reflected in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TRI National Analysis Report. And we’re nowhere near done yet.
Energy Capture | Georgia-Pacific
With a recent $388 million upgrade, our Brewton, Alabama, mill can now generate its own energy using natural gas and biofuel residuals captured during the paper-making process.
We’ve invested more than $600 million, and years of hard work into energy saving initiatives, and we'll continue to do so. In fact, over the last five years we’ve saved enough energy to power 360,000 households for an entire year. As an active partner and leader in the industry, we were recognized as Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2017.
Performance Glass | Guardian Industries
This bivouac on Skuta Mountain in the Slovenian Alps relies on our glass for superior thermal insulation and solar control performance under extreme conditions.
Each of our companies promotes effective resource management and recycling throughout their operations. For example, paper recovery and recycling is a big priority for us. In 2017, one of our companies, Georgia-Pacific, used approximately 2.5 million tons of recovered paper and paperboard. Georgia-Pacific Recycling is one of the world’s largest buyers and sellers of wastepaper.
Sustainable Sourcing | Georgia-Pacific
Our fiber sourcing practices are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Fiber Sourcing Standard.
Since 2012, Environmental Protection Agency publicly available data has ranked Koch Industries as either number one or number two in pollution reduction initiatives. Since 2012, we have implemented more than 1,000 pollution reduction activities – practices that reduce the amount of materials entering the waste stream, including changes in the design, manufacturing process, purchase or use of materials. At just one of our businesses, this has resulted in nearly a 60% reduction in sulfur dioxide emission.
Emissions Control | John Zink Hamworthy Combustion
We test and design flare technologies to combust flammable gasses or liquids, reducing emissions responsibly in emergency conditions. We provide this service to companies worldwide.
We’re all about making life, including wildlife, better. Fourteen Koch sites, comprising more than 312,900 acres, have earned Wildlife Habitat Council Certification for commitment to habitat conservation and environmental education. This is just one of the many ways we’re partnering with our communities for positive change.
Protecting Wetlands | Flint Hills Resources
Over the past three decades, we’ve contributed more than $750,000 to Ducks Unlimited for restoring wildlife habitats across Minnesota.
Keeping everyone safe, including our employees, communities and everyone else, is job one.
Beyond complying with laws and regulations, we strive to respect others and always do the right thing.
We strive to protect the environment, both by minimizing emissions and eliminating incidents.
In our view, the role of business in society is to create products and services people want and need, but to do so responsibly. This means finding ways to use fewer resources, operating safely, protecting the environment and always acting ethically.
Koch engineers have harnessed 3D metal printing to redesign large carrier ships' engine fuel atomizers, a small metal component that boosts the efficiency of a carrier’s propulsion system and lowers its emissions.
You cannot always see the engine room of the modern world, but you can certainly hear it whirring away in the background.
We're using smart software to efficiently plan routes for our box mills, cutting the environmental footprint.