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.

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

“Our desire to have a positive impact on the world around us runs deep.

Joel Quadracci

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.
High-level view of our ESG commitments and status
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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 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

The percentage by which Quad increased its annual spend with diverse suppliers in 2022
of industrial wastepaper and other general waste across our U.S. facilities was recycled in 2022

Forward-looking statements

This site and the information included and linked to on the site contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, our current expectations about the Company’s future results, financial condition, revenue, earnings, free cash flow, margins, objectives, goals, strategies, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates, prospects, projections and outlook of the Company and can generally be identified by the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “foresee,” “project,” “believe,” “continue” or the negatives of these terms, variations on them and other similar expressions.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the Company’s expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. The factors that could cause actual results to materially differ are listed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.