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Download our Sustainability Report 2012–2014
Download our Sustainability Report 2012–2014

Our Communities


When your company’s ultimate sustainability goal is to improve the quality of all life, there’s no shortage of work to be done. We’re reducing our environmental footprint as we increase our support of programs that strengthen communities worldwide.

Doing business with the environment in mind

Our approach to business proceeds from the recognition that to ensure a viable future, humanity must live within the limits of the earth’s resources. As we grow as a business, we’re also taking steps to leave the planet in better condition than we found it. To achieve that aim, we follow clear guiding principles. We’re also guided by clear environmental goals—targets for improving our performance in areas of impact we’ve prioritized according to our ability to make a difference. They include goals for reducing greenhouse gases, cutting landfill waste and sourcing responsibly. Between 2012 and 2014, we met or exceeded all of our goals and laid the groundwork for new, more ambitious targets. 

Energy and Greenhouse Gases


2015 Goal

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions indexed to net sales by 15% from 2005 levels.

On track to meet our goal through energy efficiency

We’re working to reduce the carbon emissions that come from powering our 170 facilities. Between 2012 and 2014, we continued to pursue our goal of reducing GHGs indexed to net sales by 15 percent by 2015, compared to a 2005 baseline. We’re on track to meet that goal by the end of 2015. In terms of absolute carbon emissions, we held our increase to 3 percent between 2005 and 2014 while posting a 22 percent increase in sales.



2015 Goal

Reduce manufacturing waste sent to landfill to 15% of our total waste generated.

Reducing landfill waste by 85 percent: Mission accomplished

In 2009, we set a goal of reducing our total annual waste sent to landfill to just 15 percent of our total waste by 2015. We achieved that goal two years early, in 2013; as of the end of 2014, we were diverting 86 percent of our waste from landfills. Between 2009 and 2014, we diverted 449,000 metric tons of material from landfills. By the end of 2013, 58 of our 170 facilities were entirely landfill-free.

Responsibly Sourced Paper


Sourcing more FSC®-certified facestock

We seek to maximize the use of recycled and certified fiber, with a preference for fiber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In 2014, one third of Materials Group’s global face-paper volume came from sources with FSC Mix Credit chain-of-custody certification. Thirty-one percent of the paper RBIS used in 2014 was responsibly sourced, a number expected to grow substantially in 2015.

Supply Chain


2015 Goal

Help our strategic suppliers achieve a preferred environmental rating.

Exploring ways to help our suppliers manage their impact

Our environmental footprint exceeds the walls of our own facilities. To fully address it, we must help our suppliers manage their environmental impact as well. As a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, our RBIS business has contributed to the development of the Higg Index®, a suite of tools for measuring sustainability. The index includes a module for measuring the environmental impacts of manufacturing.

Avery Dennison Foundation



Triple our community investment in emerging markets.

Funding change in the places we call home

Between 2012 and 2014, we continued to invest in the communities where we do business, expanding our giving to match the global reach of our company. We make the majority of our investments through our Avery Dennison Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance education and sustainability in the com­mu­ni­ties where our employees live and work, and to encourage employee engagement with a spirit of invention and innovation. Over the last five years, we’ve funded more than 130 nonprofit organizations, granting over $4.6 million. We also encouraged volunteerism and other engagement among our employees, provided scholarships to promising engineering and technology students and supported disaster relief worldwide.