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RockTenn Wins 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management

Nov 10, 2014

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Recognized for Internal Fiber Supply Chain Certification program

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized RockTenn as a leader in sustainability with a 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award. This is the second consecutive year AF&PA honored RockTenn for its sustainability efforts. The award was presented at AF&PA’s  annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, Ariz.

RockTenn received a Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for its Internal Fiber Supply Chain Certification program. Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

“RockTenn went above and beyond to create the single largest multisite fiber chain-of-custody certification in the U.S. paper industry,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

RockTenn achieved its sustainability goal to achieve fiber chain-of-custody certification to credible third-party forestry certifications at all its North American wholly owned manufacturing facilities by 2020 early, in 2013. The company initiated a dual purpose effort to bring all their non-certified facilities to the same certifications and to combine all their existing certifications into one enterprise-wide multisite certificate.

“Many thanks to AF&PA for honoring RockTenn’s co-workers with the 2014 Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management,” said RockTenn CEO Steve Voorhees. “Having a corporate-wide, certified fiber tracking and management process provides assurance to our customers and other stakeholders that our sourcing of virgin and recycled fiber follows globally accepted responsible forestry practices.”

AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA’s 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.  

For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative, visit

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About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About RockTenn
RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) is one of North America's leading providers of packaging solutions and manufacturers of containerboard and paperboard. RockTenn's 26,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customers' expectations - every time. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. For more information, visit