OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Dec. 20, 2017 — Menasha Corporation’s seventh annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSRR) highlights Menasha and its business units’s progress in reaching their goal of reducing carbon emissions, waste and water consumption by 20 percent before 2020. Reflecting on 2016 and 2017, Menasha introduced new construction, offerings and expansions, decreased water use by approximately 89 percent from 2010, and increased recycled material use with innovations by ORBIS® Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha. Download the report for the full outlook.
Menasha’s products and services are used by major global food, beverage, consumer products, health care, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive companies. Reporting on environmental, social and corporate governance sustainability is important to Menasha, and the number of companies that report annually is steadily increasing. In May 2017, it was reported that 82 percent of the S&P 500 companies published corporate sustainability reports in 2016.
Menasha’s 2016-2017 CSRR specifically provides data and information on activities and progress related to the corporation’s economic, environmental and social performance. This includes updates on greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste, safety, certifications, and acquisition and expansion activities.
“As the recognized leader in reusables, companies turn to us for solutions that optimize their supply chain, drive financial benefit and reduce their environmental impact. Our solutions, combined with our legacy of corporate citizenship, create a significant advantage for our customers,” said Chris Shepard, sustainability leader for ORBIS Corporation. “This CSRR provides a comprehensive view of all efforts related to creating a strong customer experience that is made possible through economic value, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”
ORBIS helped focus on companywide environmental goals by investing in technologies that improved the environmental impact of its operations. Innovation throughout the entire organization is a top priority for ORBIS. Outside of new product introductions, the company achieved waste reduction and energy efficiency by implementing:
Color sorting system that separates colors and repurposes materials, improving the quality of recycled colored materials
Oil reclamation project that reduces oil leaks, minimizes oil use and reduces downtime
LED motion-sensor lighting and efficient infrared gas radiant heaters
Continued usage of recycled plastic in its manufacturing process
Recycling programs for paper, cardboard and plastic
Menasha’s social responsibility growth was measured by newly implemented programs that inspire employees to partake in community involvement and encourage them to reach their personal and professional goals. Among many things, Menasha developed an employee online learning program to encourage continued education and implemented ongoing employee engagement surveys to better understand employee perspectives.
According to Menasha Corporation, about 60 percent of its employees volunteer. It recently launched its formal volunteering program that gives eligible employees paid time off for volunteering with qualified non-profit organizations. Additionally, ORBIS financially supports many non-profit organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Southeastern Wisconsin Autism Society, Greater Waukesha Literacy Council, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and more.
Menasha and ORBIS look forward to another year of advancing their and their customers’ corporate social responsibility. For more information, the report can be downloaded and is available in print upon request.
About ORBIS Corporation
With more than 160 years of material handling expertise and 50 years of plastics innovations, ORBIS consists of a portfolio of businesses that meet the material handling needs of companies across many industries. ORBIS helps world-class customers move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively. Using a proven approach, ORBIS experts analyze customers’ systems, design a solution and execute a reusable packaging program for longer-term cost savings and sustainability. Using life-cycle assessments to compare reusable and single-use packaging, ORBIS also helps customers reduce their overall environmental impact. ORBIS is a part of Menasha Corporation, one of the oldest family-owned manufacturers in the United States. As a steward of sustainability, ORBIS is committed to a better world for future generations. ORBIS tracks and measures its own resource utilization to continuously conserve natural resources and reduce waste. For more information, please visit www.orbiscorporation.com