Buckeye Second in Tennessee, Ninth in Southeast in Corporate Sustainability Rankings

Buckeye Technologies Inc., Memphis, Tenn., USA, moved up three spots from last year on the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings to second place among Tennessee-based companies, behind FedEx Corp., and ranks ninth out of 243 Southeastern U.S. companies for leadership in sustainable practices. The 2012 GreenBusiness WORKS Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings were announced during a recent ceremony at Atlanta's Carter Center.

The rankings evaluate companies on a variety of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, and it is the only ranking of companies headquartered in the Southeast U.S. on these issues. The rankings were created by GreenBusiness WORKS and its partners to help companies maintain and improve their sustainability practices, while establishing a legacy of corporate and social responsibility in the region. Corporations considered for the rankings must be publically traded on a major exchange, headquartered in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) and have a minimum market capitalization of $100 million.

Buckeye Chairman and CEO John Crowe expressed appreciation for this recognition. "In April 2009, we published our inaugural Sustainability Report, emphasizing sustainable business practices throughout our operations worldwide and detailing our sustainability goals for 2015," he said. "We take sustainability seriously and I am pleased that our efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels along with reductions in water, solid waste, and air emissions are being recognized by the GreenBusiness WORKS Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings," Crowe added.

Buckeye, a producer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, currently operates facilities in the U.S., Germany, and Canada.