policy is to practice pollution prevention by minimizing
environmental impacts of our products and operations,
practicing sustainable development, and promoting continuous
improvement through measurable goals.
people and the environment is an integral part of management
commitment. Georgia-Pacific will maintain a senior officer
who will report to the Chief Executive Officer, work with
senior management officials to integrate environmental
management systems throughout the company, and establish,
monitor, and review corporate environmental policy, practice
and performance. This individual will chair an Environmental
Policy Committee, composed of senior management officials,
which will report to the Chief Executive Officer, and,
through the Chair, to the Board of Directors. This Committee
will oversee the development and implementation of environmental
policies and programs. The Chair will present an environmental
report to the Board of Directors at every regular meeting.
The Chief Executive Officer and senior management will
ensure that the necessary resources and commitment are
available to implement corporate environmental policy.
The Board of Directors will view awareness of environmental
concerns as one of the factors it considers in the selection
of future Board members.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION. Georgia-Pacific
employees will be trained in the environmental aspects
of their jobs and will be responsible for performing their
individual duties in accordance with that training. Employees
also will receive periodic communication about Georgia-Pacific's
AND CUSTOMER INVOLVEMENT. Georgia-Pacific
will assist customers and suppliers on environmental issues
and, where appropriate, will devote resources to helping
them develop their own principles which allow their practices
to be consistent with those of Georgia-Pacific.
PERFORMANCE AND PROGRAMS. Georgia-Pacific
will audit, on a rotating basis, environmental performance
and management systems at every manufacturing facility,
forestry facility, forestry operation, and distribution
center the company owns or operates. The company will
use a combination of internal and third-party audits.
The results of all audits will be used as feedback to
corporate and facility management to maintain and improve
Georgia-Pacific employee should report environmental infractions
to company management, either at the facility in question
or through the company's Business Conduct and Security
Hotline (1-800-234-4321). No action will be taken against
employees for the reporting of incidents or dangerous
II. Conservation and Sustainable Use of Resources
development, broadly defined, is development that meets the
needs of the present generation without compromising the ability
of future generations to meet their own needs. Georgia-Pacific
will participate with the scientific community and others in
defining sustainable practices applicable to its operations.
FOREST MANAGEMENT. Georgia-Pacific
will manage its forests for sustained yield by ensuring that
projected growth balances timber harvests on a long-term basis.
The company will practice a land stewardship ethic which integrates
the growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products
with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, and wildlife
and fish habitat.
OF NATURAL RESOURCES. Georgia-Pacific
is committed to long-term conservation of natural resources.
The company will reduce life-cycle environmental impact through
source reduction, innovations in processes and products, and
reduction of environmental burden through reuse, recovery, and
goal is to reduce the amount of fossil fuel and purchased electricity
consumed per unit of product produced. The company will improve
efficiency through careful planning and increased use of self-generated
and renewable fuels.
III. Protection of Health and the Environment
AND SAFE OPERATION. Georgia-Pacific's
goal is to minimize adverse impacts from its operations.
The company will utilize sound operating and maintenance
practices, safety-conscious design, employee training,
routine audits, and incident investigations, with
the goal of minimizing risks to its employees, the
environment, and the communities in which it operates.
In addition, Georgia-Pacific will work with individuals
and organizations, including local, state and federal
authorities, to address environmental damage, if
any, caused by past practices. Georgia-Pacific will
be prepared to respond professionally should an
SAFETY AND HEALTH. A
top priority at Georgia-Pacific is to provide a
safe and healthy working environment for its employees.
The company will provide employees with the necessary
training and skills to identify unsafe conditions
or acts and the necessary resources to correct deficiencies
so that they can perform their work safely. Georgia-Pacific
will also participate with government and other
organizations in developing responsible safety and
health standards such as laws, regulations and voluntary
guidelines to ensure employee safety.
OF PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. Georgia-Pacific
will participate with government and other organizations
in creating responsible, reasonable, and necessary
environmental standards and guidelines to safeguard
the community and the environment.
will reduce and, where feasible, eliminate waste
through source reduction and recycling. Waste will
be handled and disposed of through safe and responsible
methods in accordance with applicable standards.
AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION. Georgia-Pacific
will champion the use of sound science and innovative
technology in environmental decision-making. The
company will support credible scientific research,
encourage leading edge research on improved environmental
technologies and reward internal technological innovation
that leads to improved environmental results.
| IV. Promote Community Awareness
will regularly participate in dialogue with
our community members. The company is committed
to being an active contributing member of
the communities in which it operates so that
community preferences and concerns can be
reflected in its overall environmental plan.
TO CONCERNS. Georgia-Pacific
will recognize and respond to community and
employee concerns about its operations. The
company will report promptly to officials,
employees, customers, and the public, information
on environmental incidents at its facilities.
supports the concept of public accountability
for environmental performance and will report
regularly on its performance and progress
against established goals in candid, consistent,
and measurable terms. The company will encourage
comments from the public with respect to its