We're pursuing sustainability at every level of Sonoco. Meet our Sustainability Council, our Public Responsibility Committee, and our internal education, engage and innovate teams.
Our Corporate Sustainability Council provides oversight, guidance, and direction on social, community, and environmental issues that impact the reputation and economic viability of the company and our stakeholders. The council meets quarterly and reports to and is sponsored by Sonoco’s president and CEO. The council reports on Sonoco’s sustainability activities, biannually, to the Board of Directors.
The Employee and Public Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance on social and public policy issues, including compliance with governmental or other regulatory requirements, which may impact business performance and the investment potential of Sonoco.
Learn more about the Employee and Public Responsibility Committee.
In 2022, Sonoco completed a new materiality assessment of economic, environmental, and social issues.
Our quantitative, stakeholder-driven approach identified and prioritized the sustainability issues material to our company and our stakeholders. The issues analyzed were aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Reporting Principles and Standard Disclosures.
We established stakeholder groups:
Peers, customers, suppliers, investors and shareholders, non-governmental organizations and regulators were assessed based on publicly available data including websites, annual reports, 10-K filings, corporate social responsibility reports, materiality matrices, news releases and mission statements. Sonoco leadership, employees and community leaders assessed the impact of each of the GRI aspects based on the impact to Sonoco using an online survey.
To help drive our focus to the most important issues, we weighted each stakeholder group based on the group’s influence and dependence on Sonoco.
Each stakeholder group was assigned a relative influence and dependency score based on a three-point scale, giving their aggregated aspect ratings greater or less importance.
Each issue identified was rated on a four-point scale based on the perceived significance of the issue to the stakeholder. Issues not mentioned by stakeholders in available sources were deemed less important to the stakeholder. Issues which were either mentioned in multiple public sources or published by the stakeholder as organizational goals or performance indicators, or listed as an issue of high importance in a materiality matrix, were scored higher. In the online survey, issues were also measured on a four-point scale of importance. After rating the significance of each issue by stakeholder, we classified the issues into a common terminology using the aspects included in the economic, environmental and social categories of the GRI G4 Reporting Principles and Standard Disclosures. We then aggregated the ratings across the external stakeholder groups to calculate the average rating of each issue by group.
When you visit our site, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our site (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third-Party Cookies used please follow this link.
These cookies are necessary for the site to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personal data.
Under applicable state privacy law, you have the right to opt out of the sale or sharing of your personal information to third parties. These cookies, as described below, collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale or sharing of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out, we will not be able to offer you personalized ads and will not sell or share your personal information to third parties. You may exercise your privacy rights under applicable state privacy law by using this Exercise My Rights link. If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt out of sales and sharing. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal data but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.