Economic and social well-being of our stakeholders

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.

Corporate Sustainability Council

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.

Learn more about Sonoco's materiality process regarding economic, environmental and social issues


  • Identify and define those issues that are relevant to Sonoco's long-term sustainability and image as a good corporate citizen
  • Establish meaningful long- and short-term sustainability objectives related to key areas of focus and provide Sonoco's executive committee with recommendations and guidance on how to meet those objectives
  • Recommend and establish new Company guidelines, policies and processes to support areas of focus
  • Create and communicate a business case for corporate sustainability
  • Provide recommendations for the Company's philanthropic efforts in support of overall corporate sustainability objectives

Board of Directors

Employee and Public Responsibility Committee

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

Board Members

Dr. Pamela L. Davies (Chair)

Harry A. Cockrell

Philippe Guillemot

John R. Haley

Sundaram Nagarajan

G3 Guidelines

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. 

Our 2018 GRI Index can be accessed here. 

Sustainability Council

    Rob Tiede, President and Chief Executive Officer – Sponsor 

    Roger Schrum, Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs – Committee Chair 

    Vicki Arthur, Senior Vice President, Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions

    Ross Bushnell, Division Vice President and General Manager, Global Flexibles 

    Jeffrey DiPasquale, Division Vice President and General Manager, Global Plastics 

    Rodger Fuller, Senior Vice President, Paper/Engineered Carriers-U.S./Canada and Display and Packaging 

    Edward Harrington, Director, Environmental Services

    Ernest Haynes, Division Vice President and General Manager, Rigid Paper and Closures NA

    Elizabeth Kremer, Assistant Secretary and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

    Allan McLeland, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources 

    Mike Pope, Division Vice President and General Manager, Sonoco Recycling

    Laura Rowell, Manager, Global Sustainability 

    Barry Saunders, Senior Vice President and CFO

    Jeffrey Schuetz, Staff Vice President, Global Technology, Consumer 

    Marcy Thompson, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation 

    Garrin Traill, Director, Internal Audit