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Environmental, social & governance

Since our founding more than 50 years ago, creating a better way has run deep in Quad’s DNA. It has guided our understanding of what it means to be a good corporate citizen, inspiring creativity in how we address environmental, social and business challenges.

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Download the PDF for the latest on Quad’s ESG commitments, including metrics.

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In all that we do, we continue to find ways to drive positive change in our business and the world we share.

Chairman, President & CEO

Defining what matters most

The ESG framework helps us understand and manage our impacts, informs a clear strategy for approaching the complex ESG landscape, and organizes our goals and reporting.

Materiality matrix & GRI standards

Quad referenced the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards to conduct a formal materiality assessment.

  • Use of GRI standards advances the practice of sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to act and make better decisions that create economic, environmental and social benefits for everyone.
  • Assessment results in this matrix visually pinpoint the sustainability topics most important to our clients, employees and business leaders for reporting and future strategies.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s 17 goals address high-level sustainability objectives such as supporting health and well-being, protecting ecosystems, fighting injustice and manufacturing responsibly.

Quad’s Alignment with the SDGs

Considering the SDGs in our materiality process has allowed us to participate in global areas of consequence and report on topics important to stakeholders as we continue our efforts to create a better way.

Enduring culture and values

Quad’s values are at the center of a unique culture that drives us to act with urgency in the face of challenges, make meaningful commitments, report our progress with transparency, and seek deeper accountability for our impacts.

Creating a company with a soul

Quad’s foundational values are how we have been able to remain a company with a soul during 50 years of growth and perpetual change.

Our 8 core values

Our company’s values were established at our founding in 1971. They are deeply rooted within our business and ground our efforts as we prepare for the future. At the center of our values wheel, we remind ourselves to prioritize safety through our motto, “Think Safe. Act Safe.”

ESG quick facts

  • 8
    Values that drive decision-making
  • 6
    Business Resource Groups, designed to help cultivate an open company culture where employees can connect, develop and grow
  • 80%
    Third-party certified paper Quad purchases for client work
  • 25%
    Renewable resource content in Quad’s own EnviroTech™ inks
  • 24/7
    Confidential, anonymous ethics and compliance hotline for employees around the globe
  • 51 years
    Of providing custom solutions for client challenges

Forward-looking statements

This ESG report contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can generally be identified by words or phrases such as “will,” “expect,” “could,” “would,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “hope,” “plan,” “continue” or the negatives of these terms, variations on them and other similar expressions. The primary forward-looking statements in this report include our ESG goals, commitments and programs; our initiatives and objectives; the scope and impact of our corporate responsibility risks; and the standards and expectations of third parties. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the company’s current expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. These risk factors are identified in the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports, and should be read in conjunction with the forward-looking statements in this report. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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