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
"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
"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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