Our Approach to Reporting

About This Report

The 2016 KapStone Paper & Packaging Corporation Corporate Sustainability Report outlines performance with respect to our environmental, social, economic, and governance performance. This edition, published in June 2017, is the fifth such report produced.

Sustainability Framework and General Management Approach

Our 2016 CSR report is organized in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI’s) G4 reporting framework. We self-declare that it meets the “Core” application requirements. The report was prepared under the supervision of our Sustainability Team covering Environmental, Health & Safety, Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Procurement groups. KapStone uses both custom and GRI-based disclosures to communicate sustainability-related data to our key stakeholders. Additional information on our sustainability efforts can be reviewed at www.kapstonepaper.com/sustainability.


KapStone uses a company-wide general management approach to continuously monitor all internal and external material aspects of the business. This report covers all aspects listed in the GRI Content Index at www.kapstonepaper.com/sustainability. In addition to the baseline year of 2010, this report covers data for fiscal year 2016 (January 1–December 21, 2016).

Our 2016 report offers an update to the sustainability goals, aspects, and indicators outlined in the previous reporting period. Unless otherwise noted, data used in this report is from our wholly owned U.S. mill operations and business units.


Environmental data included in this report is reflective of paper mill operations. Our energy, Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions, water use and air emissions data are based on procurement and facility environmental records.

Late in 2014, we engaged a third-party sustainability consultancy—thinkstep—to help us develop a materiality assessment process to identify the sustainability issues that matter most to our business and to our stakeholders. Using the GRI Guidelines, we applied three key process steps when conducting our materiality assessment—identification, prioritization and validation.

The chart below summarizes the results of this assessment discussion and shows the top sustainability issues for our business. For a complete description of our materiality assessment process, please see our 2014 CSR report.

Moving Forward

KapStone will be taking the following steps in 2017 to internalize the outcomes of the Materiality Assessment and integrate the findings into an update of its sustainability strategy:

  • Continue to ensure the content of our 2017 sustainability plan reflects the top priority issues.
  • Reinvigorate our safety awareness, policies, practices, and communications to achieve a safety culture that performs consistently without incidents.
  • Invest in capital projects on paper machines and energy systems to continue during energy reductions.
  • Identify and prioritize areas of greatest opportunity for water use reduction. We will accomplish this through cross-functional teams at the kraft mills to self-audit gaps to a benchmark.