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Our People

People – Part of the TBL (Triple Bottom Line) is PEOPLE. Pratt’s commitment to the communities in which we live and work, and the employees, customers, and stakeholders of Pratt Industries is deep and strong. The more than 50 sites of Pratt Industries also enjoy jumping in and lending a helping hand with local and regional projects and needs.

Some of those we’ve helped over the years:

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The Planet

The world we live in today is ever shrinking and although increased communication and globalization play their part, they are not the only reasons. There is a growing realization that everything and everyone has become very interdependent. With almost 7 billion people living on the planet, regardless of who you are, where you live or what you do, you are impacted by and have an impact on the health of the planet, society and the world economy. The decisions we make as employees, as consumers and as citizens on a daily basis impact both business and the wider society.

Planet – With the Australian heritage of Pratt Industries through Visy, resource scarcity has been realized and felt before Pratt even began. Bringing technologies to the United States that can move the dial in regards to minimizing the use of the Earth’s resources was the dream of Richard Pratt when he asked his son, Anthony Pratt, to lead the newly formed, United States based company, Pratt Industries. Focusing on reclaiming fiber through recycling OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) and Mixed Paper, we are reducing our impact and our customer’s impact on the environment.

Landfill avoidance is a primary goal for Pratt Industries. Minimizing the amount of useable fiber that goes to the landfill is essential for environmental stewardship. Pratt’s one-of-a kind development in the United States of their Gasifier – technology that takes items that would otherwise be placed in a landfill and turns them into fuel that creates steam and electricity – demonstrates the strong conviction to preserving the environment and the Earth’s resources.

Lightweighting packaging is one of the first steps that is taken by a company who is committed to minimizing material and resource usage. The Pratt Industries lightweight mill in Shreveport, Louisiana focuses on lightweight liners and mediums, giving the United States the supply for their increasing demand for lighter weight materials.

Modern Medicine

30% of all medicines were developed from wild plants and animals

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Profit

In the 80s, when Sustainability first was being discussed, there was a great deal of mumbling going on which sounded like, “YES, I’LL GO GREEN, as long as it doesn’t cost me anything”! There was a unilateral feeling that Sustainability had to cost money and, at the time, there was a bit of truth to it with specific materials. Fast forward to 2012, one of the best by-products of the world with more of a focus on sustainability is the TRANSPARENCY that has evolved. Companies are unabashedly stating sustainability has to make good business sense – the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) has to be competitive. At least the discussion of – PROFIT – is permitted now. Pratt Industries has seen significant growth in the past few years, even with the economic climate being difficult. One of the largest contributors to that is Anthony Pratt’s commitment to investing in the company with assets and systems. While contraction is occurring in our industry, growth through re-investment of profits is a huge contributor to new growth as it drives customer confidence in stability – sus- tain- ability!

CLINTON GLOBAL INITATIVE – In September, 2007, Pratt Industries pledged $1 billion at President Clinton’s Global Initiative conference to combat climate change through investment in recycling and the clean energy infrastructure over the next decade.

Sustainability has always been the cornerstone of the culture at Pratt Industries. A measurement for a corporation’s success in the 1970s was solely economic success – Profit. In 1987, the United Nations established the World Commission on Environment and Development and two additional measurements of corporate success and longevity were added – People and Planet. That decision led to what is now known as the Triple Bottom Line – Sustainability = People, Planet, Profit.

Pratt Industries, which was born into a family heritage of sustainability and sustainable packaging, has been at the forefront of the Triple Bottom Line for decades.

We Do our part. OUR SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS:

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