Starbucks Corp. tackled a wide range of global responsibility projects in 2014, including the ongoing minimization of its environment footprint. In its annual 2014 Global Responsibility Report, the coffee giant noted that it opened its 500th LEED-certified store in 2014, and that 98% of company-operated new stores opened in the United States in 2014 were built to LEED standards. Globally, the percentage stands at 64%. Starbucks said is has experienced some technical challenges in international markets where the U.S.-based LEED certification program is still gaining traction. It is working with the U.S. Green Building Council to increase adoption of the LEED standards.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the election of Michael P. Doss to the SFI Board of Directors. Doss is President and CEO of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. His election strengthens SFI’s position as a sustainability leader focused on future forests.
“Mike is a great fit for SFI because he brings a wealth of leadership experience on sustainability and community building. His approach shows that financial results and corporate responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Mike’s message that we have to reach far beyond day-to-day business operations and really have a positive impact on our shared quality of life resonates with the entire SFI community,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
To excel in sustainability and community engagement, Mike and his team focus their efforts on three pillars: preserving the environment, putting food on the table, and investing in education. “These pillars at Graphic Packaging line up with SFI’s work on elevating conservation values, engaging communities and supporting environmental education,” Doss said.
Specific initiatives at Graphic Packaging to mitigate climate change and enhance water quality are also tightly aligned with SFI’s conservation impact work. This work focuses on quantifying the conservation values associated with the 285 million acres/115 million hectares of land certified to SFI as it relates to carbon sequestration, water quality and biodiversity.
“I’m looking forward to using my new board role to enhance our relationship with SFI. Being certified to SFI sends a strong signal along our entire supply chain that well-managed forests play a central role in meeting sustainable development goals. Our customers want assurances that our products are from responsibly managed forests, and SFI really helps us deliver that message,” Doss said. (Watch Doss in a Graphic Packaging sustainability video.)
Graphic Packaging became an SFI Program Participant in 2004. It is a leading provider of packaging solutions to a wide variety of companies in the food, beverage and other consumer products sectors. With over $4.4 billion in sales, it is one of the largest global producers of folding cartons and it holds a leading market position in coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled paper board.
more at: http://www.sfiprogram.org/media-resources/news/michael-doss-joins-sfi-board-further-strengthening-sfi-s-commitment-to-sustainability-leadership/