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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Sept / Oct 2003 : Special Section : Sustainable Growth: A Central Focus

Special Section

Sustainable Growth: A Central Focus

Georgia-Pacific is committed to being an environmental role model: respected for balancing financial returns with the desire for a clean environment. To accomplish this, it has taken a comprehensive approach to environmental protection.

The issue of sustainable growth is a central focus of its efforts. Employees around the world are working hard every day to ensure that the company’s products and operations are safe, efficient and environmentally sound.

Its environmental strategy includes the following principles:
* The safety of employees, the environment and the communities where it operates is Georgia-Pacific’s first priority. It will provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, and will operate facilities in a manner that protects the safety of its neighbors.

* Environmental protection is the responsibility of all Georgia- Pacific employees. They work to effectively control the environmental impact of its operations, strive to continuously improve its environmental performance and practice sustainable growth.

* Georgia-Pacific will incorporate environmental considerations into the overall management of its businesses. It will provide training for employees on the environmental aspects of their jobs.

* It will make the most efficient use of its resources by practicing conservation, recovering resources for re-use and recycling.

* It will work to make products safe for customers, consumers and employees and to effectively control their environmental impact. It will work with suppliers and customers to address environmental issues of mutual interest.

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It will be an active participant in the communities in which it operates, communicating openly about its operations and reporting regularly on its environmental and safety performance.

Georgia-Pacific is taking action around the world to protect the air, water and land, and to recycle and to practice product stewardship. In fact, Georgia-Pacific uses millions of tons of
recycled paper each year to make products people use each day—from boxes to paper towels to tissue.

For additional information on about its economic, social and environmental performance, visit www.gp.com.

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