For over 95 years, RYAM has been transforming renewable resources into remarkable products and driving the replacement of less sustainable materials with natural cellulose. Through every stage of our business cycle, we focus on conducting our business in the right way to preserve resources for future generations, enhance our communities, and provide a safe, engaging and inclusive working environment.
The success of our business and the long-term vitality of sustainable working forests go hand-in-hand. RYAM’s ongoing partnerships with the working forests supporting our operations have stood the test of time, through multiple generations, harvests and growing cycles. These working forests support biodiversity, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, improve water quality and serve as natural feedstock for a variety of sustainable products, materials and biofuels.
Through our sustainable business model, we enable customers to solve new problems, capitalize on the growing demand for more sustainable products and make progress toward their own sustainability goals.
A central focus of our sustainability strategy is protecting the health and safety of our employees, contractors and communities. People are the foundation of our success, and our greatest responsibility is to ensure that each member of our work family returns home injury-free every day. In addition to having safe employees, it is absolutely critical that we have engaged employees, where people from all backgrounds and perspectives have the mentorship and support necessary to develop lasting and rewarding careers with the Company.
Few companies are as invested in nature as we are. Our commitment to environmental stewardship includes not only strict regulatory compliance but also proactive measures to ensure the longevity of our assets and the precious resources on which they rely. In support of this focus, RYAM has adopted a goal of a 40% reduction in overall Scope 1 and Scope 2 (aggregated) Greenhouse Gas Emissions, on both an absolute and intensity basis, by 2030, using 2020 as a baseline year.
I am proud of what we have accomplished so far, but I’m more excited about the future. I invite you to read more about our ESG initiatives in our 2021 ESG Report linked below.