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Community Pillars

Our business is based on a simple idea:  Inspired packaging. A world of difference.

We are proud of our employees all over the world who in 2016 dedicated over 7,000 hours of their time and resources to improve their communities.  

We focus on three Community Pillars which guide our sustainable business practices, our community service activities, and our philanthropic commitments: 


Preserving the Environment

Each year, GPI hosts TICCIT (pronounced "ticket"), which stands for Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees, a community outreach and educational program founded by the Paperboard Packaging Council. By partnering with local schools in our communities, our employee volunteers teach children the importance of renewable, sustainable resources in the paper and paperboard packaging industry. In 2017, forty-two GPI facilities participated, reaching over 16,000 students in North and South America and in Europe. Since we joined the program in 2008, more than 80,000 students have planted trees with us! For more information on TICCIT, click here.

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                                                             Students at the LIP School in Jundiai, Brazil, participate in TICCIT tree planting.

Putting Food on the Table

Providing packaging solutions for food and beverage companies is core to our business. Our commitment to fighting hunger is reflected in the community organizations we support and the agencies with whom we partner. Around the world, our teams contribute to local food banks and community organizations that provide meals to those in need. We regularly conduct food drives and provide meals for low-income or special needs families. 

We coordinated our first national campaign with United Way of America in 2012 after partnering with United Way on the local level for more than 40 years. Our employees contribute to hunger relief through United Way agencies. Donations from our 2016 national United Way campaign totaled over $342,000, including a 22.5 percent match from the company.

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Employees from GPI's West Monroe, Louisiana, folding carton plant serve meals at Grace Place.

Investing in Education

By educating tomorrow’s leaders, we make a world of difference and build a pipeline of talent that will help shape GPI’s future workforce. Globally, our teams partner with schools to educate students about the paperboard industry, provide materials for projects and build business skills. We are a proud supporter of Junior Achievement, a worldwide organization that unites schools and businesses to teach students how to succeed in our ever-evolving global economy. In the fall of 2016, GPI opened a storefront at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia, providing students a memorable learning experience in the field of manufacturing. 

Additionally, we have committed $1 million annually to the paper industry’s Check-off Program, which aims to improve public perception of our products with facts about the renewable, recyclable nature of paper and paperboard products.

Graphic Packaging also provides a number of college scholarships for children of our employees who are entering or already attending college. Scholarships are targeted toward high-achieving students pursuing degrees in areas that are key to GPI's future success, such as engineering, business, supply chain, paper science and various technical curricula. Since we began this program in 2005, nearly 200 students have benefited from the GPI scholarship. 
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                                                                    GPI's storefront at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center in Atlanta.