The Greif Corporation
2016 Sustainability Report
Greif is the global leader in industrial packaging—rigid industrial, paper and flexible packaging—and services which include filling, warehousing, logistics, and reconditioning.
Since 2013 BrownFlynn has worked in close partnership with Greif as the copywriter for Greif’s annual sustainability report and CDP response, as well as leading Greif’s materiality assessment in 2017.
In 2016 BrownFlynn and Greif made a concerted effort to craft a concise and strategic sustainability report—focused primarily on
ESG policies, goals, performance metrics, trended results, and alignment with GRI indicators and the UN Global Compact Principles.
As a result of this reporting approach as well as advancements in Greif’s sustainability endeavors, Greif’s overall ESG Bloomberg scores rose from a 29.8 in 2015 to 47.5 in 2016, well above a score of 40 which Bloomberg considers to be the threshold for transparency. Greif also increased its MSCI rating and increased the number of PRI Signatories in its list of top 25 institutional investors.
Within the last few pages of Greif’s 2016 Sustainability Report, Greif included a Performance Metrics table, summarizing all data in one location, making it easy for analysts to find the information they seek.
Greif’s overall ESG Bloomberg scores rose from a 29.8 in 2015 to 47.5 in 2016.
From 2015 to 2016, Greif increased its MSCI rating and the number of PRI Signatories in its top 25 institutional investors.
Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.