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Report: Growing concerns in attitudes toward sustainability and hygiene

December 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — SCA announces the availability of the 3rd annual Tork Report, a comprehensive look at sustainability issues and hygiene practices among North American businesses and consumers, according to a press release.

tork reportThe 2012 Tork Report, titled The Sustainability Gap, highlights areas where companies have made progress in improving sustainability goals but also identifies trends that have taken a step backward, the release stated.

According to the release, in 2012, 64 percent of U.S. companies said they had (or were putting) a sustainability plan in place, nearly double the 38 percent of companies that reported this in 2011; furthermore, 31 percent of U.S. firms and 30 percent of Canadian firms say their sustainability plans are having a positive impact on the bottom line.

"We've seen sustainability continue to be important to consumers and business alike. A real area of concern is the gap; companies reporting they have sustainability plans, yet they ignore the risks to their business from climate change, severe weather, or unhealthy employee habits," said Mike Kapalko, sustainability marketing manager for SCA Away from Home Professional Hygiene in North America.

"While most companies have acknowledged sustainability as a necessary part of doing business, most have not thrown their full weight behind the effort," said sustainability expert and Tork Green Hygiene Council member Josh Radoff.

"We've approached the end of Corporate Sustainability 1.0, where the low-hanging fruit has been picked, and the basic levels of expectations have been met. Thus, there is a large gap between the status quo and the next level of achievement — the effort to dig down to the core of a company's social and environmental impact," Radoff added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.