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Working to preserve our planet

At Graham, we deliver measurable value through sustainable efforts.

Our sustainability efforts — both internally and in collaboration with our customers — have gained momentum. Our team is using that momentum to create positive change for our company, our customers and our communities. Read our 2023 Sustainability Report to learn more about our goals and initiatives.

Planning for a more sustainable future

Enhancing sustainability for the future – for customers, consumers, our business and our planet – requires ongoing strategic focus on key long-term goals, including:

  • Achieving 25% energy reduction by 2028
  • Increasing our use of PCR, including ocean-bound plastic, by incorporating an average of 20% PCR across all bottles by 2025
  • Conducting more life-cycle assessments to help communicate the value of sustainability to our customers
  • Innovating to provide product lightweighting, durability and reusability
  • Continuing to design for recyclability across all products to achieve our goal of 100% recyclability by 2025
  • Committing to a 30% greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2030 from our 2020 baseline

Reflecting on a year of progress

As a People, Planet and Values-Focused company, we are continuously working to integrate sustainability, inclusivity and transparency into our strategies, operations and culture. Our commitment to these ESG principles is reflected in our many accomplishments over the past year, including:

  • Success with a Safety First approach resulted in the lowest number of recordable safety incidents (at 29 incidents over more than seven million hours worked and more than 5,000 employees) in company history for the second year in a row.
  • No.1 ESG ranking in the Containers & Packaging industry by Morningstar Sustainalytics. Graham’s negligible-risk rating of 9.6 is a testament to the relentless dedication, innovative thinking and culture of responsibility among our employees.
  • Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approved greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to sustainability and reducing the impact on the environment.
  • GHG emissions reduction of 20% from a 2020 baseline.
  • Commercialization of Graham’s patented AccuStrength™ lightweighting technology at up to 15% lighter than traditional bottles.
  • Continued investment in people by focusing on employee health, safety and wellbeing, DEI, and employee attraction, training and retention. Progress across each of those impact areas has been driven by Graham’s Blue Culture of excellence and accountability, launched in 2022.

​​Learn more about our sustainable operations and sustainable products.

Understanding what drives us

At Graham Packaging, our efforts to develop more sustainable packaging solutions are shaped by three key factors.
Download the 2023 Sustainability Report to see how these areas of focus have influenced us on our path to being a sustainability leader.x

Customer Satisfaction

We work to always be the partner of choice by helping customers meet their sustainability goals now and in the future.

Graham Benchmarks

Increasing our R&D efforts, hiring the best talent and developing innovative processes and technologies helps us reach internal targets.

New Regulation

We're positioning ourselves for the future through strong sustainability partnerships and continuous improvement initiatives.

"We see the adoption of sustainable packaging as both a challenge and an opportunity — one that must be faced openly and responsibly to meet the needs of consumers, our customers and the environment."

Tracee Auld Chief Sustainability Officer

Graham Packaging ranked No. 1 in the Containers & Packaging industry by Morningstar Sustainalytics

The company also ranked in the top two percent of over 15,000 companies assessed by Morningstar Sustainalytics globally. Graham’s risk score of 9.6 indicates they have negligible exposure to ESG risk.  In addition, Graham Packaging has been recognized as a Morningstar Sustainalytics ESG Industry Top Rated company in 2023, as well as an ESG Regional Top Rated Company.

2022 Sustainability Award

We were honored by Business Intelligence Group as the only plastic packaging company to receive an award in their Sustainability Leadership (Organization) category. This 2022 Sustainability Award recognizes our sustainability vision and the steps we’re taking toward achieving it.

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Partnering for success

We’re members of several sustainability-focused organizations and together, we’re working to promote environmentally responsible behavior and enable everyone to live healthier, more sustainable lives. Learn more about our partners.

Reviewing where we’ve been

To see sustainability reports from previous years, simply download the report you would like to view.

2023 ESG Report

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2022 ESG Report

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2021 Sustainability Report

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2020 Sustainability Report

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2019 Sustainability Report

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2018 Sustainability Report

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ESG Statements and Disclosures

  • 2022 Verified Emissions
  • Ethics and Compliance Hotline Disclosure
  • Commitment to Human Rights
  • Graham Packaging France–Assevent and Graham Packaging Normandie-Creully have been assessed and found to comply with the characteristics set out in the decree in force on the date of third party audit. French Decree “Décret no 2021-461 du 16 avril 2021 relatif à la prévention des pertes de granulés de plastiques industriels dans l’environnement”