Better Packaging. Better Life.

We believe people build businesses by doing the right thing. Learn more about our commitments to our stakeholders, our community and our environment.

The Power of Purpose.

It’s not so much what you do, but why you do it. At Sonoco, our journey of discovery has evolved over more than a century, but our purpose today can be found in the seeds of our yesterday and in the beliefs of our founders.

Our Purpose

From the beginning we set out to develop packaging to improve the lives of others, including our employees, our customers and our communities. From protecting life-saving vaccines so they can reach the far corners of the world, to improving the safety and fuel economy of vehicles, to reducing food waste and increasing access to fresh, wholesome foods. All while also making food products safer, fresher or more convenient, and helping make sure children don’t go hungry and have access to a quality education. 

Our purpose isn’t just a collection of words. It represents the collective spirit of an organization focused on one thing: Better Packaging, Better Life. 

A Driving Force

Our purpose is engrained in our culture. In fact, it drives our culture. 
It drives our product development. 
It drives how we work with our customers and each other. 
It drives everything we do, and every decision we make. 

Working toward something truly meaningful means working toward a clear purpose. This naturally  inspires our teammates across the globe to get up and do what they do each and every day—create a better package that has an impact on creating a better life for someone.

History

A Global Influence

In 1890, a team of 12 worked from a rented warehouse in Hartsville, S.C. More than100 years later, our 20,000 employees operate more than 300 plants across 33 countries, but we’ve never left our roots behind.

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Process

360º Customized Solutions®

Today’s retail market is more challenging than ever. Reaching diverse shoppers requires a diversified solution. Our customized, packaging-neutral approach connects insights to innovation, developing 360º Customized Solutions tailored to our customers' goals and objectives.

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Awards & Accolades

Our commitment to better business, sustainability and innovation has gotten a lot of attention over the years. 

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Supplier Standards

Doing Business With Sonoco

Our partners share our values. As a supplier, you are expected to conduct your business with integrity and with a focus on environmental stewardship. We also expect suppliers to place a strong emphasis on quality, service, cost savings, innovative solutions and technology.

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Innovation

The i6 Innovation Process®

Our unique i6 Innovation Process allows us to harness the power of ideas in the service of innovation through a repeatable, scalable approach. We’re able to take customers from insights to opportunities in a packaging-neutral environment that ensures the best solution based on their unique requirements.

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The IPS Studio

Sometimes where you think inspires what you think. At Sonoco's IPS Studio, we've re-imagined a place and process for innovation that helps our customers keep pace with the changing demands of the marketplace and the changing needs of consumers.

Impact

Sonoco Foundation

Sonoco views its philanthropic and business endeavors as investments to improve the quality of life in communities where the Company has operations. The Foundation's grant program focuses on education, health and wellness, arts and culture and the environment.

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