Environmental Impact


When making a business decision, we start by asking two basic questions. Is it good for business? Is it good for the environment?

Joel Quadracci Chairman, President & CEO

Good for business. Good for the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible way that protects the environment. At the same time, we are challenged to grow our business for the benefit of our employees, customers, communities and shareholders.

Throughout our journey, we’ve discovered sustainability and growth are not mutually exclusive. Often, the best environmental initiatives involve common-sense management techniques.

Chain of Custody Certification

Print is Sustainable


We apply continuous improvement methods to all of our environmental impacts, from air emissions to water and energy consumption to greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom Estock Director of Environmental Management

Enlightened environmentalism

All of our employees are empowered to drive change, from entry-level production workers to administrative staff to the daily “war rooms” where our teams get together to identify opportunities for systemwide improvements.

Every day, we seek to identify new best practices and improve ways to manage our environmental impact. In addition, we interact with leading agencies and institutions to work toward shared solutions.

We also partner with suppliers and customers to test promising new materials, processes and equipment. This includes evaluating renewable inks and paper, making strides in solvent recovery and managing logistics for smarter, more efficient delivery.


Our environmental education programs hit on many levels: the employees, the community, the school kids, the customers.

Paul Nowak Sales Manager for Quad Packaging

Cultivating awareness

As a leading advocate for the responsible use of print, we create ongoing opportunities for our employees, customers and suppliers to learn about critical environmental issues and considerations.

Awareness is nurtured in many ways, from stressing responsibility as part of our code of conduct in leadership training to employee-led sustainability initiatives in our individual plants and company-wide task teams that seek to learn about and implement our industry’s best environmental practices.

Helping our customers produce effective, targeted and environment-friendly printed pieces is only the beginning. We will continue to challenge ourselves every day to embed sustainability and make impactful improvements in each company decision we make.


Disciplines like saving energy go right to the bottom line and help us achieve our goal in being the low-cost provider, and also roll up into the bigger picture, resulting in a lower carbon footprint.

David DePriest Corporate Procurement Manager

Managing environmental performance

As the saying goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” So measuring the metrics most material to our business is a critical but challenging discipline as we grow our global footprint.

We collect and analyze data in an effort to verify trends for process improvements and provide justification for environment-related projects. We also benchmark our performance results to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and identify program areas that need focused attention.

This attention to detail extends to our people too. Our employees receive continual training on the critical procedures to avoid impacts as well as comply with important regulations.