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Buckman's Covarrubias, Gerald Featured in Memphis Newspaper Report

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Buckman (Memphis, Tenn., USA) employees and TAPPI members Rosy Covarrubias and Lela Simpson Gerald were featured in an article published this past weekend in The Commercial Appeal. The Memphis-based newspaper report focused on Buckman as a national leader in acquiring certified environmental credentials and establishing a global ranking of its environmental footprint.

Buckman became a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2009, formally allowing its business practices and products to be environmentally evaluated and ranked in comparison with other international participants. The annual GRI report examines the so-called "triple bottom line"—the company's performance on environmental, financial, and social sustainability. Buckman's 2010 report shows annual decreases in total carbon emissions and in the overall usage of water and energy since 2000. Nearly every category has a 2015 goal of reducing 2010 usage rates by 15%.

Gerald, Buckman's director of global marketing communications, noted in the article that some customers are already showing strong interest in the specifics of a company's environmental footprint. "You'd be surprised how much a customer like Walmart wants to know about what enzyme a paper manufacturer is using," she said., adding that "they are looking so far down the ingredient list (on the products they buy), it's frightening -- or exciting, I should say."

A copy of the entire article is available online.


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