Our Approach to Reporting

About This Report

The 2015 KapStone Paper & Packaging Corporation Corporate Sustainability Report outlines performance with respect to our environmental, social, economic and governance issues. This edition, published in June 2016, is the fourth such report we’ve produced.

Sustainability Framework And General Management Approach

Our 2015 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.

Scope

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.

In addition to the baseline year of 2010, this report covers data for fiscal year 2015 (January 1–December 31, 2015). Our 2015 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.

Materiality

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 2016 to internalize the outcomes of the Materiality Assessment and integrate the findings into an update of its sustainability strategy:

  • Ensure the content of our 2016 sustainability plan reflects the top priority issues.
  • 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.

"This report was prepared under the supervision of our Sustainability Team covering Environmental, Health & Safety, Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Procurement groups."

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