Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announces the launch of its 2022 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which details its commitment to sustainability and visions for the future. Monadnock Paper Mills continues to champion sustainability in the world of fiber-based solutions, setting its sights on a brighter, more eco-friendly future.
Despite a tumultuous landscape marked by labor shortages, supply chain challenges, and inflation in 2022, Monadnock Paper Mills persevered, achieving a 10% increase in sales. The company's unwavering commitment to sustainability was further demonstrated through innovative advancements supporting the Un-Plastic initiative.
“In 2022, we continued to demonstrate our resilience as an organization,” said Richard G. Verney, Chairman and CEO, Monadnock Paper Mills. “Monadnock is home to a steadfast and creative workforce dedicated to transparent customer communication. Combined with an expanding network of vendor partnerships, we are well-positioned to continue our legacy of driving impactful environmental change.”
Notably, all Monadnock papers are manufactured carbon-neutral (VERs) and made with 100 percent renewable Green-e certified wind-powered electricity (RECs) under a third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Furthermore, Monadnock’s fine printing and packaging papers are FSC certified, with technical and specialty papers certified to the FSC standard on request.
Key highlights of the 2022 CSR Report include: EcoVadis Gold Rating: Monadnock received EcoVadis gold rating, placing it in the top eight percent of the 90,000+ companies ranked by EcoVadis. Since earning a silver rating in the 2015 assessment, the company has achieved a 30% improvement in performance level.
Sustainable Resource Management: In 2022, Monadnock enabled its customers to avoid the consumption of 42,400,000 pounds of wood. The company also saw a 58% increase in post-consumer waste (PCW) usage since 2021. Waste Reduction: Trash to landfill was reduced by 11% over 2021 with an excellent diversion rate of 98.6%. For context, a Zero Waste company is often defined by a minimum 90% diversion rate. Innovative Collaborations: Monadnock collaborated with a global brand to pioneer a paper-based, 100% post-consumer waste recycled bag closure.
In addition to these accomplishments, Monadnock was also recognized by multiple organizations (AIMCAL, EPA, and NHTOA) for its ongoing contributions to sustainability in the forestry industry, underscoring its commitment to a healthier and safer planet for generations to come.