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What We Do
Manufacturing and a healthy environment aren’t mutually exclusive. We believe that responsible management of our environmental resources is vital to both a healthy environment and sustainable value creation.
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The sustainability of a business hinges on the responsible stewardship of the resources it requires to operate. Across our companies, sustainability means constantly innovating: To make products using fewer resources. To keep people safe and protect the environment. To minimize waste. To reduce energy intensity. To manage supply chains responsibly. And to create better pollution prevention technology for us and others.
“At Koch, we believe the role of business in society is to provide products and services that help people improve their lives, while continually using fewer resources and respecting the environment.”
Sheryl Corrigan, Director of Environmental, Health & Safety
Check out the data around our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility and the strides we've made in increasing efficiencies and conserving resources through the years.
At Koch companies, we've reduced our CO2 emissions by nearly 10% over the past four years, reflecting our commitment to improving our energy efficiency and manufacturing processes.
From 2013 to 2017, we've decreased the amount of production-related waste from our facilities by 98 million pounds, that's 14% – and we aren't done yet. The latest TRI report (2017) reflects how Koch companies have responsibly managed our production-related waste across our numerous industries. We tailor waste management programs to each company, facility and community, each designed to protect human health, safety and the environment, and meet all regulatory requirements.
In 2017, Koch reporting facilities recycled, reused for energy or treated 93% (556 million pounds) of all waste produced while making the things that make life better.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires manufacturing companies to report quantities of designated chemicals released annually to air, water and land. This report is the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Across Koch companies, we've made improvements that have decreased our total releases by 13% between 2013 and 2017.
Wildlife Habitat Council
Fourteen Koch sites comprising more than 312,900 acres have earned Wildlife Habitat Council Certification for commitment to habitat conservation and environmental education. Most recently, our headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, earned Silver Certification for conservation efforts undertaken at the campus.
Leadership in Sustainability
As a part of the American Forestry & Paper Association’s Better Practices Better Planet 2020 program, Georgia-Pacific received the Leader in Sustainability Awards for its comprehensive energy management program across all its manufacturing facilities.
Waste Water Treatment
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery as an Outstanding Waste Water Treatment Operator.
It is always our policy, and it’s in our best interest, to operate in environmentally responsible ways. Our devotion to stewardship is demonstrated daily by our employees throughout their communities.
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Every day, we work to create more value, using fewer resources than the day before.
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.
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.
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