GP Cellulose to Support UNICEF Water and Sanitation Programs in Rural China

GP Cellulose announced it is supporting UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programs in China through an initiative called Green Hand™ Project, which will help improve conditions in schools for approximately 15,000 children.

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GP's Green Hand™ Project Helps Keep School Children Healthy

ATLANTA, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GP Cellulose announced it is supporting UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programs in China through an initiative called Green Hand™ Project, which will help improve conditions in schools for approximately 15,000 children.

GP Cellulose has launched a two-year commitment to donate $1 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for every metric ton of Golden Isles® fluff pulp purchased by its customers in China, with a maximum contribution of $500,000.  Through the GP Cellulose Green Hand™ Project, these donations will help improve water and sanitation facilities and support hygiene and nutrition programs in Chinese schools in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Xinjiang.

"GP Cellulose fluff products are used in more than 75 countries worldwide including China, with a primary end-use in products that improve hygiene," said Pat Boushka, president of GP Cellulose. "Our Green Hand Project helps address the need for water, sanitation and hygiene for rural school children in China.  By working with UNICEF on this issue, we believe we can help bring about change and build stronger, more sustainable communities where we and our customers do business."

According to UNICEF, more than 25 percent of rural Chinese schools lack hand washing facilities and 17 percent have no water supply at all. The scarcity of adequate sanitation results in illness and missed school days, especially for girls. 

"We are extremely grateful for GP Cellulose's campaign to support community-led efforts to create safe, sanitary and sustainable schools in China," said Tim Sutton, Deputy Representative for UNICEF China. "This will allow us to move closer to the goal of scaling up good water and sanitation practices in schools in cooperation with the Chinese government."

"At GP Cellulose, we believe good business isn't just about growth, it's about creating value," Boushka added.  "We believe in growing in a way that benefits our customers, our company and society, and building for the long term."

GP Cellulose operates four world-class, non-integrated pulp mills and two cotton cellulose mills in the southeastern United States.  The company is committed to meeting the needs of customers in more than 75 countries worldwide with quality products, global logistics and technical services.

For more information, visit: www.greenhandproject.com.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide. Georgia-Pacific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., a privately-owned company headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Both companies have a strong tradition of focused community investment in communities where they have operations.

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About UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

For additional information, please contact:

Andrea Sioris, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, (212) 880-9136, asioris@unicefusa.org

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