Unisource Worldwide Celebrates Environmental Commitment on Earth Day 2008

"Green" Initiatives Highlight a Bold Corporate Mission - Sustainability

Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

    NORCROSS, Ga., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating its commitment to
 environmental responsibility, Unisource Worldwide, Inc., released a
 statement of support for Earth Day 2008, to be observed throughout the
 world on April 22.
     "April 22, 2008, promises to be a most memorable Earth Day," said Al
 Dragone, CEO of Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading distributors
 of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America. "Hundreds of
 events are taking place all over the globe today to focus our attention on
 climate change, pollution abatement, a clean water supply and other vital
 initiatives, as well as three movements that we champion at Unisource -
 sustainable forestry; 'green' buildings and 'green' cleaning; and
 sustainable packaging.
     "It has been our mission to build Unisource into a North American
 distribution operation that is second to none in delivering our customers
 the best value every time," added Dragone. "It is my privilege to announce
 that Unisource will expand upon its current strategic platform of
 Operational Excellence to include Sustainability as a core strategy and
 goal. Our vision for the future of Unisource is to build the best company
 possible - the healthiest, the most competitive, and the most profitable -
 with the most talented people setting the highest standards in the
     Over the past three years, Unisource has dramatically transformed its
 global distribution operations to foster respect for the environment,
 people and the rights of future generations. The company has developed new
 processes and marketing strategies, adapted facility maintenance procedures
 and enhanced the product lines and services offered to its customers.
     "Earth Day reminds us of what can happen when a group of passionate
 people decide to change the world," Dragone said. "At Unisource, we have
 significantly improved the productivity and efficiency in our distribution
 operations which has allowed us to achieve substantial savings in power and
 fuel consumption, proving to ourselves that being environmentally
 responsible is fundamental to our future success. In 2008, we are taking
 our environmental commitment to the next level - pulling all our leadership
 resources together - to define our path forward toward running our
 businesses with higher efficiency, diminishing waste and improving the
 cleanliness and healthiness of our facilities."
     To propel this sweeping corporate strategy, Unisource recently named
 Nancy C. Geisler to a newly-created position - Vice President of
 Sustainability. With 25 years of marketing and consulting experience, she
 has developed innovative "green" programs for the company's Packaging and
 Facility Supplies business units. Now, her responsibilities are to increase
 Unisource's commitment to environmental responsibility throughout all of
 its operations.
     "Nancy is now providing leadership in our ongoing efforts to implement
 sustainable business practices across all of our business and facilities,"
 Dragone emphasized. "Focusing our teams and resources, Unisource is now an
 industry leader, paving the way in a bold new 'Green Era' with initiatives
 to help our customers and other businesses achieve Sustainability."
     Unisource is well-regarded in the distribution industry for the quality
 of its product stewardship programs in paper, packaging and facility
 supplies. It has established world-class "green" programs in its Paper and
 Facility Supplies business units, its Technology Packaging Group and with
 its recently developed Sustainable Packaging Initiative.
     The company's Paper unit has achieved system-wide Chain-of-Custody
 certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable
 Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest
 Certification schemes (PEFC), ensuring that the certified sustainable paper
 and board products ordered by customers are accurately tracked through the
 distribution chain. The unit offers a complete line of Respect(R) fine
 paper products with these certifications.
     As an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Unisource's
 Facility Supplies unit has adopted the LEED-EB standard for its Respect(R)
 green cleaning product line. As a result, our customers can be assured that
 their cleaning products meet the requirements of the de facto national
 standard for green building operations.
     Unisource's Technology Packaging Group delivers cutting-edge packaging
 and supply chain optimization for sophisticated electronics customers. Its
 Design Centers show customers how to turn excess packaging into extra
 profits and are now beginning to use that expertise to achieve sustainable
 optimized package configurations.
     "We aim to be the industry leader," said Dragone. "Our green journey
 started a few years ago, as we listened to our customers to understand
 their needs. Now, we are adapting our products and services to meet their
 green needs, and to meet our corporate responsibilities to leave the world
 a better place for future generations. This is, in essence, what Earth Day
 is all about."
     For more information about Unisource products, please visit
 www.unisourcelink.com , or contact Unisource at 1-800-unisource.
     About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
     Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourcelink.com ) is a leading
 independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business
 imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in
 North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the
 largest private companies in the United States and offers the most
 comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With
 approximately 6,000 team members - including sales, customer service and
 technical support specialists; approximately 85 distribution centers; and a
 fleet of "Big Red" trucks - Unisource can deliver what your business needs
 when and where you want it - locally, regionally and nationally.

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