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Appleton Coated lauded for environmental transparency by WWF

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

Combined Locks, Wis. – Appleton Coated is one of 25 companies recognized worldwide by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for its environmental transparency leadership as demonstrated by its voluntary participation in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2013. 

Appleton Coated CEO Doug Osterberg comments, “We are very pleased to be recognized by the WWF for our efforts. Appleton Coated is one of five North American companies on the list and we are the top-scoring coated free sheet paper mill in the United States.” He continues, “At Appleton Coated we embrace the need for transparency in defining and tracking our journey to become more sustainable, and we appreciate efforts such as EPCI that help us understand what others value in sustainability and set goals for improvement.”


“We are delighted that over a third of the 70 globally significant players invited to participate in the WWF EPCI 2013 have taken this opportunity to disclose their sustainability performance and targets,” says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, manager of WWF International’s pulp and paper work. “This robust participation shows a real interest by the companies in working towards reducing their ecological footprint.”

WWF's EPCI covers the major impacts of the paper industry on the environment for the production of newspaper grades, graphic paper, packaging, tissue or pulp. The companies scored against three aspects: impacts on forest ecosystems from fiber sourcing, emissions from manufacturing processes such as water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well as reporting and Environmental Management Systems.

The first North American coated paper mill to be FSC® certified (FSC® C007796), Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification and is an EPA Green Power Partner. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.


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