São Paulo, November 29, 2016 – Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper producer and exporter and the leading manufacturer of corrugated board packaging and industrial bags, was selected for the fourth consecutive year as the “Most Sustainable Company of the Year” by the EXAME Sustainability Guide 2016. The company also figured as the most sustainable company in the paper and pulp segment by attaining above-average scores on the key indicators assessed, such as climate change, community relations, human rights, supplier management and others.
The Puma Unit, Klabin’s new pulp mill, also was highlighted by the yearbook, given the company’s efforts to make it a model mill from its very conception. According to the publication, the Puma Unit, the largest investment in Klabin’s 117-year history, undeniably brings unique advances from an environmental standpoint to the country’s pulp and paper industry. The sustainable elements recognized include the unit’s planning based on a circular economy, energy aspects, since the mill has the capacity to generate 270 MW of renewable energy, and savings on water consumption.
Klabin’s pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainability also were praised in the assessment. The company, which already in the 1960s adopted mosaic forest management, which supports greater diversity of fauna and flora, was the first forestry company in the Americas to receive international certification attesting to its sustainable forest stewardship practices. The article in the EXAME Guide also notes that no company in the paper and pulp industry has such a large and privileged area in terms of weather as Klabin, whose forests in Paraná state registered the highest forest productivity in Brazil.
Participating this year in the guide were 190 companies, 69 of which were elected the most sustainable in 19 industries. The guide also named top companies in ten special categories, as well as Most Sustainable Company of the Year.
The EXAME Guide was created in 2000 to recognize best practices in corporate responsibility in Brazil. Since 2007, the methodology used by EXAME to assess the companies that voluntarily opt to participate in the survey has been developed by the Center for Sustainability Studies of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (GVces-FGV), an institution that is a reference in sustainability in Brazil.