Our Commitments

Using 2014 as our new baseline, our commitment through 2020 is to: 

  • Reduce normalized global energy usage by 1% annually, which we believe will result in a further 1% reduction in GHG emissions (or reducing GHG emissions by 5% through 2020). 
  • Reduce normalized water usage by 5% through 2020. 
  • Achieve Sonoco Sustainability Star award status at an additional 10% of the Company’s operations by significantly diverting landfill wastes. Also, continue working with our customers to demonstrate total landfill diversion from their operations in North America and Europe. 
  • Demonstrate further improvement in employee safety, diversity and engagement. 
  • Business Strength and Shareholder Performance

    We're committed to returning value to our shareholders.

  • Contributing to our Communities

    We're committed to helping the communities where we live and work.

  • Reducing our Impact on the Environment

    We're committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste to landfill, while promoting recycling.

Corporate Responsibility Report

At Sonoco, we believe People Build Businesses by Doing the Right Thing. This principle guides all our actions—maintaining our commitment to our customers, treating our employees with respect, delivering shareholder value, making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, and taking steps to lessen our impact on the environment. Download our 2020-2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, or view these webpages, to learn more about our commitments and the significant progress we have made to not just meet, but exceed, our challenging sustainability goals.

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Sustainability is better for everyone.

Our Communities

Our Communities

Sonoco continues its strong support through partnerships and community collaboration, education, health and welfare, arts and culture, and the environment.

See How We're Improving Our Community

Our Employees

Our Employees

Sonoco was founded in 1899 on the belief that People Build Businesses. We value our people and are committed to giving them every opportunity to use their talent, skills, passion and creativity to grow themselves, their careers and our Company.

How We Do It

Our Customers

Our Customers

Our 360-degree customized solutions approach leverages our product and service offerings, technical capabilities, material science expertise and innovation process to allow us to take a unique, packaging-neutral approach to solve our customer's challenges.

See Why Sonoco is Better For Consumers

Our Shareholders

Our Shareholders

We've provided quarterly dividends since 1925 and have increased dividends for on 36 consecutive quarters and 19.5% return.

See How We Deliver to Our Shareholders

The Environment

The Environment

At each of our manufacturing plants, we work to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gases, hazardous air emissions, and water usage. We also serve as a valued partner to our corporate customers to help them reduce the environmental impact of their packaging, as well as waste to landfill of their facilities.

See What We're Doing for the Environment



Sonoco has a Corporate Sustainability Council dedicated to providing oversight and guidance on social and environmental issues that impact the reputation and economic viability of the company and out stakeholders.

Learn More About Our Sustainability Oversight

Our GRI Index

Sonoco has used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines to define the content of our Corporate Responsibility Report. These guidelines form a voluntary framework of principles and indicators used to measure and report economic, environmental and social performance. They also provide a standard of comparison between Sonoco and our peers.

View our 2020 GRI Index

Talk To Us

If you'd like to extend a dialogue with Sonoco on issues of sustainability, contact us at sustainability@sonoco.com