Unisource Sustainability Symposium Recognizes Suppliers, Sets the Bar Higher for 2010

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Growth and Profitability Tied to Environmental Responsibility

Several of Unisource’s suppliers are the leading manufacturers in their areas of business, including many of whom have extraordinary corporate sustainability stories of their own

Transforming businesses so they can achieve sustainable, environmentally responsible operations took center stage as Unisource Worldwide, Inc., hosted its second Supplier Sustainability Symposium May 19-20, 2010 at the Marriott Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA.

More than 75 decision-makers from Unisource and suppliers throughout the U.S. attended the meeting, which focused on the recent accomplishments of Unisource suppliers as well as the challenges of maintaining corporate sustainability initiatives for the future. Presenters included industry experts and the senior leadership team at Unisource, one of the leading distributors of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America. Highlighting the program was the keynote address from Unisource CEO Al Dragone, who emphasized the importance of driving operational excellence up the Unisource supply chain to achieve sustainability.

“At Unisource, we fully acknowledge that the success of our company goes well beyond our own infrastructure. Our suppliers represent the lion’s share of our overall environmental footprint,” said Dragone, “and we cannot reach our corporate sustainability goals without a shared commitment from our suppliers. I fully expect the composition of our supplier base to evolve over the coming years. This will be driven primarily by green standards that Unisource requires, and also by the simple reality that green operations will outperform the competition,” Dragone said.

The symposium’s featured guest speakers – leading authorities on environmental responsibility and sustainability – included:

  •     Stephen Ashkin, President and Founder, The Ashkin Group, who presented “Practical Sustainability: How It’s Changing a Marketplace.”
  •     Peter Adler, President and CEO, The Keystone Center, who shared his insights on the future direction of the green movement.

Awards were also presented to top suppliers for their recent sustainability accomplishments and Unisource also announced their upgraded supplier program for 2010. Explaining “best practices for supply chain management,” Unisource Vice President of Sustainability Nancy C. Geisler outlined the expanded reporting requirements for all core suppliers.

“Several of Unisource’s suppliers are the leading manufacturers in their areas of business, including many of whom have extraordinary corporate sustainability stories of their own,“ said Geisler. “We want to recognize them, but also ensure that all Unisource suppliers are moving in a similar direction. That way, we can expect continued improvement in profitability and reduced risk associated with environmental and social factors,” Geisler said.

About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (http://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 5,500 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.

For more information, contact:
Kevin Feeney
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
(770) 209-6552

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