Making a Difference ESG Program

Great Northern exists to serve its customers and the communities in which we work. We are proud of our environmental, social, and governance initiatives that unite us and ensure a better future together. We are making a difference for our customers, team members, community, and environment.


Customer    Team Member   Community   Environment



Making a Difference: Our Program in Action

Our ESG Program initiatives are based on the strong foundation built around our core values. These values have been in place for over 60 years and are embedded in our culture. They’re not just words; they are part of every team member’s DNA.


Our Four Core Values


Doing the right thing

Opportunities for Growth

Bringing our best every day

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Thinking innovatively and embracing change

Shared Future

Committing to a future where we all win

Program Initiatives



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External ESG Program Validation

We’ve taken things a step further, seeking evaluation externally, and we are proud that our sustainability efforts are audited annually and certified by third-party organizations. Earning and maintaining numerous certifications ensures we’re continually taking action toward improving our sustainability performance, and validates that we’re doing things in the right way.

Check out our notable certifications and assessment platforms below.


EcoVadis operates a collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains. Great Northern performs an annual self-assessment that is reviewed by EcoVadis.



SEDEX collaborates with organizations to provide the most trusted and efficient information, tools and services to manage risk and drive responsible business in global supply chains. Great Northern participates annually in customer-requested audits.

This certification demonstrates to our customers that we purchase paper from sustainable sources.



CDP is a global resource that assists Great Northern in building our sustainability initiatives by measuring and reporting on our environmental impact.


Access the Full Report

Get access to download the full version of our report to the community:

Request our Report to the Community

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is more than a tagline, it is an attitude. At Great Northern, customer challenges are met by an undying spirit to doing what others can’t or won’t. It’s in our DNA. And it is what our customers have come to expect with Great Northern.

How can we exceed your expectations?