Our commitment to stewardship builds on our history of environmental responsibility. Over 20 years ago, we voluntarily adopted responsible practices and began measuring our performance. For the past 15 years, we have reported on our environmental record and corporate responsibility efforts.
Environmental management and compliance
We are dedicated to compliance with the letter and spirit of all federal and state environmental requirements, and, in special circumstances, to going even further to provide enhanced environmental protection. MWV sets high standards, and we equip our employees with the tools, education and training to ensure that we remain good stewards of the environment.
MWV uses environmental management systems as a key element for ensuring compliance and driving the implementation of environmental best practices. In our environmental programs, these systems are similar to an ISO 14001 framework, and reinforce an integrated systems approach in our management of environmental aspects of our businesses, including resource utilization efficiency and waste minimization. Where appropriate, facilities have received ISO 14001 certification with third-party audits, such as at our Brazilian mill, Austrian converting facility, and our Evadale, Texas mill.
Additionally, all our Specialty Chemical Division's facilities are registered to either RC 14001 or ECMS, the American Chemistry Council's third-party certification programs that are required as part of their mandatory Responsible Care participation. RC 14001 and RCMS combine the international environmental ISO 14001 standard requirements with the Responsible Care Management System requirements, assuring not only an organization's environmental commitment and performance, but also its dedication to consistent performance in safety, health, security and product stewardship.
Environmental performance metrics
For more information, please read our Environmental Performance Metrics report (.pdf).
Environmental FootprintMWV has historically reported environmental metrics for the company in aggregate. In order to better manage and reduce our environmental emissions and to increase transparency, we now report these metrics by major business segment.
Beneficial Uses of Waste MaterialsMuch of the process waste from MWV manufacturing activities is non-hazardous and can be reclaimed for beneficial uses. By actively researching and pursuing such beneficial uses, we continue to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills while generating additional revenue. We reclaim many of our waste products and recycle them into biofuels, an important energy source for our company and one that reduces cost while decreasing emissions of new carbon dioxide.
Water ResourcesWater is an important component in manufacturing operations. MWV has realized improved efficiencies in water use by recovering and reusing water in manufacturing. Any water that is not recycled in our manufacturing is treated to established standards.
Air QualityMWV monitors air emissions to ensure they meet regulatory permit limits and public expectations for the environment. In addition, we seek new ways to reduce total air emissions from our facilities.
Water QualityMWV is committed to meeting or exceeding all regulatory standards that pertain to waste water treatment, acknowledging that water is essential in manufacturing many of our products. We are also committed to recycling water in our manufacturing processes and to ensuring that it is treated to established standards before we return it to nature.
Hazardous Waste DisposalWe seek new ways to minimize hazardous waste-through our choice of processes and our choice of manufacturing materials. All our waste materials are managed in accordance with strict federal guidelines and internal policies and procedures.
Capital Investment for Pollution ControlCapital expenditures for safety, health or environmental projects throughout the company are driven by our commitment to comply with regulations and to continuously improve our operations. We expect each MWV operation unit to consider resource effectiveness and pollution prevention strategies in the design and review of all new processes, products and equipment.
Environmental IncidencesThe MWV environmental policy requires all employees to comply with environmental laws of the countries where we operate, striving to continuously improve our environmental performance of our key metrics. The company uses a variety of systems to monitor a vast amount of process and environmental parameters to help us comply with environmental requirements and to determine those occasions where corrections need to be made. Proactive efforts are made to avoid any occasions of noncompliance with environmental requirements. MWV works diligently to remedy any occasions where we are not in full compliance.
At times, in spite of our best efforts, environmental incidents occur and can lead to legal action by governmental agencies. When a violation is deemed to have occurred MWV may receive a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the governmental agency. When this occurs, MWV fully cooperates with the agencies and aims to provide the best outcome for all parties involved and the environment. Environmental fines have been paid for air emission events and reporting and recordkeeping deficiencies under various environmental laws.
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) from U.S. FacilitiesMWV facilities in the U.S. report annually on the release of toxic chemicals to air, water and land, as well as those transferred off-site for disposal. These releases are defined in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
MWV Named to DJSI for 8 Years
For eight consecutive years, MWV has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and is ranked best in class in the Containers & Packaging sector for the sixth year. Read the press release.