RRD's practices are built around the concept that sustainability does not involve making a choice between being cost-effective and being conscious of environmental impacts. It integrates the two.

An excerpt from our Environmental Health & Safety Policy states our commitment to:

Strive continuously to improve global Environmental Health & Safety performance by using practices that protect employees and the environment, including reducing the quantity of emissions, developing opportunities for recycling and pollution prevention and using paper, energy, and other resources more efficiently.

For more information on our EHS Policy, please click here.

This policy informs and guides our Sustainability Leadership Committee, an internal multi-discipline team responsible for reviewing and approving initiatives relating to our Sustainability Approach, which is reflected in a variety of practices across four objectives: Resource Efficiency, Procurement, Waste Minimization, and Stewardship. Advancements in these objectives assist with minimizing our environmental footprint in the communities where we operate, supporting our customers as they work to improve their environmental performance, and driving profitable growth within our company through minimizing waste and improving energy efficiency.

The Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance Committee

The Committee is an extension of the Board of Directors that oversees RRD's environmental, health and safety programs. This committee annually reviews and approves the overall structure and design of EHS, and other compliance and responsibility programs.

For more information on Corporate Governance within RRD, please click here.

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Resource Efficiency

Getting the Most Out of our Natural Resources


RRD is pursuing energy efficiency programs involving several different technologies that we are installing in our plants worldwide. In order to reduce our energy usage we're investing to use enhanced energy consumption and recovery systems.

Included below are some examples of the energy reduction opportunities pursued. Please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility Report for details regarding the current initiatives pursued and associated results achieved.

Electrical Demand
Response Programs

In the hot summer months, there are times when electrical supplies cannot meet demand. To help reduce consumption and allow utilities to manage demand without brownouts or investment in costly generation capacity, RRD participates in several Demand Response programs. These programs, offered by some local utilities, ask large industrial users to reduce consumption during peak demand periods.

Computer and Lighting
Energy Reductions

We use energy efficient ballasts and light bulbs and continue to expand our deployment of Energy STAR compliant computer equipment. We're also continuing our implementation of a software solution that maximizes energy efficiency of PCs and monitors. It automatically monitors the systems and moves them to lower energy consumption levels when they are not in use.

Energy Efficient Oxidizers

Oxidizers are devices used to control emissions from printing processes. RRD continues to invest in emerging technologies that use significantly less natural gas while achieving better overall performance.

Heat Recovery Initiatives

Heat is a byproduct of almost every industrial process. In most cases, it is simply allowed to dissipate. It may even be offset by cooling systems that ultimately generate even more heat. A better solution would be to harness, rather than to waste thermal byproducts. RRD is doing precisely that in some locations, with a proprietary process that captures heat and allows it to be used again. This heat is used to reduce ambient heating needs, to even more effectively dry printing inks, and to make boilers operate more efficiently.

Lighting Upgrades

To ensure a brighter future, RRD is taking advantage of recent advances in lighting technology. We have completed lighting system retrofits in multiple domestic and international facilities.

Minimizing Environmental Impact Through Procurement Practices

RRD has a depth of supply-chain expertise, and is a subject matter expert on environmentally preferable products. We believe we are uniquely capable of partnering with our customers to help minimize impact to the environment.

Responsible Forestry Management

RRD provides customers with a variety of supply options that protect forest ecosystem health. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) all promote well managed forests, reforestation and continuous improvement in standards and practices. In addition, these independent organizations employ guidelines consistent with our sustainability principles to ensure customers of an environmentally sound sourcing process.

Forestry LogosRRD pursues Chain-of-Custody certifications for each organization. CoC certification allows companies that manufacture and market forest products to label them with the respective brand. This allows consumers to identify products that provide an assurance of social and environmental responsibility on the part of the producer.

Environmental Specifications

RPM (Regulated Products and Materials) Safety Specifications

We have developed comprehensive environmental specifications that are used in contracts with our vendors, suppliers and contractors.

Papers, Inks, Coatings, Adhesives, other Raw Materials and Finished Products

The RPM has been created to ensure that all materials purchased and finished products provided by RRD are compliant with applicable environmental requirements in the country of manufacture as well as a number of international regulations including, but not limited to:
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA)
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH),
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS),
  • Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)
  • California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (CA Proposition 65)
  • U.S. Lacey Act.

As an assembler of these finished materials, RRD also confirms that it does not intentionally add any chemical components to final products supplied to our customers.

These specifications are available for review here.

Product Substitution

We continue to explore ways to substitute more sustainable materials, from using inks that include soy, vegetable, or other renewable content, to making alcohol replacements in fountain solutions. We also make a range of recycled papers available to our customers.

Enabling Responsible Paper Choices

Customers Supply Majority of Paper Used for Finished Products, We Encourage Use of Recycled and Forest Management Certified Papers

Customers internationally turn to RRD to provide a broad range of services, including the manufacture of their custom printed products.

We work collaboratively with our customers and present a variety of specific paper and other options to them, but they ultimately determine the design and specifications of their custom products. It is their specifications that we follow as we produce materials. These specifications include their selections regarding the paper's brightness, shade, finish, quality, cost, and all other attributes.

Many people are surprised to learn how active our customers actually are in the paper supply chain. Approximately 75% of the paper that we convert into finished printed pieces is supplied to us by customers or arrives as a result of financial arrangements that customers make themselves.

Whether we use paper provided to us or procure it on our customers' behalf, as we collaborate with them, we encourage the use of paper with increased environmental attributes, including where practicable: paper with the highest amount of recycled fiber content, or fiber that is forest management certified. We also work with our customers to maximize recycled content, or the use of wood fiber sourced from forestry operations certified by the FSC®, SFI®, or PEFC, and as required by our customers, the use of paper products processed without chlorine or chlorine compounds in paper.

We also support our customers who wish to exclude fiber from sources by which they determine to be unacceptable. This may include fiber from unwanted sources as defined by forestry certification, including: fiber in violation of internationally accepted instruments and treaties protecting the rights of indigenous or forest-dependent people, high conservation value areas (e.g., areas of old growth and/or endangered forests and endangered species habitat), areas that have been converted from natural forests to plantations and other land uses after November 1994, and plantations using genetically-modified trees.

We make it a practice to offer environmentally-responsible paper to all of our customers throughout our supply chain.

This is possible because we have triple certified the majority of our print operations to the three most prestigious forestry management chain of custody (COC) certifications:

  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

As we serve customers in the United States, we use papers that comply with the Lacey Act. Although the Lacy Act governs papers used in the U.S., it created a groundbreaking precedent: it supports other countries' efforts to responsibly manage their own natural resources. To learn more about the procedures, training, and controls RRD has in place to support compliance with the Lacey Act, please visit: Lacey Act.

COC Certified Locations

Note: For a listing of currently certified locations, please visit our External Certifications Page.

FSC/SFI/PEFC Chain of Custody (COC) Certifications

RRD supports responsible forestry management through our site FSC®, SFI®, and PEFC COC certifications. When we began certifying our locations in 2004, a small number of locations in the U.S. were certified under FSC requirements. In 2007, after the SFI began an independent 3rd party COC certification we also began to certify locations to SFI/PEFC standards.

In order to allow for each RRD site to make the same level of environmentally-responsible paper options available, beginning in 2010 we transitioned to a single registrar. All RRD sites worldwide are included on a company level certificate managed by a single central office. This allows our customers a consistent process for using certified papers, regardless of where their product is produced.

Certified Paper Use

Reflecting the growth we have experienced in the number of RRD's triple certified sites maintained worldwide, our customer's use of certified paper has grown commensurately.

RRD recognizes all three certification systems and looks to improve performance across all of them. RRD uses FSC certified paper in our company materials where possible.

Summary/Additional Information

RRD has a long history of responsible use of natural resources. We are committed to the promotion of well managed forests and we frequently review our environmental policies and practices to improve our efforts to encourage sound and sustainable practices on a global level.

We are proud of our commitment to sustainable forest management and highlight this through our Corporate Social Responsibility Report and our Environmental, Health & Safety Policy. These materials share our efforts to continuously improve and to follow practices that endeavor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop pollution prevention and recycling opportunities, and use paper, energy and other resources more efficiently. Please review these materials at for more detailed descriptions of our practices.

Forest Stewardship Council®

Certified Locations Throughout the World

FSC LogoEstablished in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international non-for-profit organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC developed the first independent system for forest products.

FSC Certification requires adherence to 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship that define good forest management. Applied worldwide, these principles are designed to ensure that water, soil, and wildlife are protected as raw materials are harvested and replenished.

All of RRD's U.S., Canada, and China printing facilities,as well as multiple locations in Mexico, South America and Europe have been FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certified.

For a listing of current FSC CoC certified locations, please visit External Certifications.

For additional information regarding the FSC, please visit their website at:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Locations Throughout the World

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Non-profit SFI Inc. is a comprehensive, independent certification program that works with environmental, social and industry partners to improve forest practices in North America and fiber sourcing worldwide. More than 280 million acres / more than 110 million hectares are certified to the SFI forest management standard in North America – making it the largest single forest standard in the world. It is based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.

RRD is pursuing and achieving SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) Certifications at worldwide locations.

For a listing of current SFI CoC certified locations, please visit External Certifications.

For additional information regarding the SFI, please visit their website at:

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Locations Throughout the World

PEFC LogoThe Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification.

Covering 149 governments and 85% of the worlds forest areas, the PEFC is a global organization designed to assess and recognize national forest certification schemes. Through the endorsement of national certification systems, PEFC motivates and enables people to manage their forests in a sustainable way and works to provide a market for the products of those forests.

RRD is pursuing and achieving PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications at worldwide locations.

For a listing of current PEFC CoC certified locations, please visit External Certifications.

For additional information regarding the PEFC, please visit their website at:

Support Compliance with Lacey Act

What is the Lacey Act?

The Lacey Act is the oldest wildlife protection statute in the U.S. Its initial scope was to combat trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish and plants. In May 2008, the Act was amended to extend this protection to prohibit all trade in plant and plant products (e.g., furniture, paper or lumber) that are illegally sourced from any U.S. state or any foreign country.

Specific additions:

  1. It is unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase (in interstate or foreign commerce) any plant taken in violation of U.S. or foreign law that protects plants.
  2. It is unlawful to falsify documents, accounts or records of any plant covered by the Act.
  3. It is unlawful to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration.

The first two provisions of the Amendment took effect May 2008. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working with a larger interagency group composed of representatives from U.S. Forest Service, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Council on Environmental Quality, and Department of Commerce, to implement the new provisions.

Under the amended Lacey Act, beginning April 1, 2009, importers are required to submit a declaration for certain plants and plant products. The declaration must contain, among other things, the scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of the country from which the plant was harvested.

Impact of Import Declaration enforcement on forest products including paper and pulp. Importers of wood-based products including printing paper and pulp will need to provide documentation, in the form of a declaration, showing compliance to the newly revised act. Specifically importers will be required to file an APHIS “Plant and Plant Product Declaration Form” (PPQ 505). The latest revised Phase-In Schedule of Enforcement of the Declaration Requirement for Goods of, or Containing, Plants or Plant Products was published the Federal Register (FR) on September 2, 2009 (74 FR 45415).

Commodities will be phased-in as follows:

  • Currently only certain sections of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Chapters 44, 66, 82, 92, 93, 94, 95, & 97 are scheduled for enforcement of the declaration requirements. A full listing under the Phase In Schedule can be found at the following link:
  • Additional HTS chapters/subchapters are under consideration for subsequent phases that are scheduled to begin sometime after Sept. 1, 2010 which includes additional commodities listed under Ch. 44 (wood and articles of wood), Ch. 47 (wood pulp), and Ch 48 of the HTS (paper & articles of).
  • If the above commodity subchapters are listed in the FR in the near future, we will have approximately 6 months from that time to determine what additional information RRD will need in order to comply.
  • Importers of finished printed materials under HTS Chapter 49 Printed Books, Newspapers, Pictures and other products of the Printing Industry are not required to submit an Import Declaration at this time and have not been listed by APHIS for consideration for subsequent phases as of yet.

More information can be found at United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Services.

RRD’s Position

RRD will vigorously support compliance to the Lacey Act as well as all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We have informed all of our suppliers that we expect total compliance relative to materials that we source.

RRD has implemented a supplier declaration system so that our suppliers can certify compliance with Lacey Act, as well as certify compliance with other applicable environmental or product safety regulations. In addition to this web-based declaration system, RRD has also developed a comprehensive program for compliance with the Lacey Act. This program establishes roles and responsibilities for communicating, collecting, and auditing or testing vendor compliance. It also outlines training and documentation requirements for all RRD employees involved in the sourcing process. Further detail regarding this process can be provided to our customers upon request.

The Scope of RRD’s Responsibility

It is RRD’s responsibility to take “due care” to check that materials we import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase are obtained legally. RRD will be responsible for verifying Lacey compliance for the paper and other forest products that we directly source. In the case of customer controlled paper (customer purchased or customer directed) the compliance verification will be the responsibility of the customer.

Waste Minimization

Finding Ways to Minimize Waste Throughout the Supply Chain

Packaging Minimization & Solid Waste Reduction

Reuse, repair, repurpose, and recycle. These practices guide our waste minimization efforts. We work with our customers and suppliers to ensure that packaging and other materials meet environmentally-responsible specifications, for example, by including post-consumer fiber.

Our facilities also focus on:

  • Returning wood pallets to vendors for reuse
  • Reusing the bubble wrap received as wrapping around our thermal papers
  • Using end-of-roll paper as packing material
  • Reusing paper cardboard wrappers and roll headers as packing material between layers
  • Reusing polystyrene wrap to affix printed rolls on pallets
  • Recycling oil, plastic wrap, aluminum printing plates, CDs (shredded), end rolls (also used as packing material), bare cores (cardboard), carbon interleave, bound and stapled waste, negatives, plastic wrap, add roll trim, paper tear off, and office paper
  • Reclaiming silver from spent photo fixer
  • Using and laundering cloth shop towels
  • Returning forklift batteries for recycling
  • Reprocessing ink to new ink specifications or re-mixing it into the black (key) inks
  • Repairing and reusing broken/damaged pallets

Green Transportation

Our commitment to safety and sustainability extends beyond the products that we purchase to the services we use. RRD uses logistics carriers that have implemented energy and emissions reduction programs. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency admitted RRD to its SmartWay® Transport Partnership with the highest possible score.

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ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is designed to provide a process that allows facilities to control the environmental impact of their activities, products, or services, and to continuously improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001 status is awarded only after an audit by an independent third party. The systematic approach of ISO 14001 requires an organization to take a hard look at all areas where its activities have an environmental impact. This approach can lead to benefits such as:

  • Reducing waste management costs
  • Driving consumption savings for energy and materials
  • Increasing the awareness of all employees about the importance of environmentally responsible behaviors
  • Establishing an environmental performance framework that facilitates continuous improvement

For a listing of current ISO 14001 certified locations, please visit External Certifications.

OHSAS 18001

The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001 is earned by sites that have implemented safety and health management systems to make safety more efficient and integrated into overall business operations.

For a listing of current OHSAS 18001 certified locations, please visit External Certifications.

Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Leading Global Corporate Social Responsibility

RRD's Global Corporate Social Responsibility Report outlines our practices to ensure we operate responsibly in the world, and includes observations and perspectives regarding our efforts from employees across the globe. The report includes specific examples of how we:

Global Corporate Social Responsibility Report (PDF,2.80MB)

  • Encourage diversity & inclusion
  • Participate in the communities where we live and work
  • Minimize our environmental impact, and preserve and enhance the health and safety of our employees
  • Operate ethically and comply with government requirements
  • Continually improve the sustainability of our operations

You’ll find out how RRD defines its values, how we work to ensure our employees feel valued, and how our company efforts add value for our stakeholders. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about RRD.

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