A global leader in packaging and resource recovery
Visy is a global leader in packaging and resource recovery, and has been a pioneer in sustainability since our inception. Our innovation, manufacturing and logistic capabilities are organised around an integrated closed loop. Together, they give life to tailored solutions that deliver enduring value for our customers, partners and communities.
In business for over 70 years, we operate in more than 120 sites throughout Australasia and have trading offices across Asia and Europe. With over 7,000 employees, our innovative approach provides end-to-end solutions for our customers’ needs across paper, primary packaging, fibre packaging, packaging supplies and consumables, point of sale displays, automation, materials handling, logistics and recycling.
1948 - Modest beginnings
With a £1,000 loan from Richard Pratt's aunt, Ida Visbord, Visy began as a partnership between the Pratt, Plotka and Feldman families. From the very start, the early signs were there that this would be a company with a sustainable future - the first corrugator used by Visy was made from recycled scrap metal.
1950s & 60s - Building a sustainable business
Visy steadily built its customer base by establishing a reputation for strong customer service, competitive prices and innovation.
These were the key pillars that guaranteed a sustainable base from which the Visy business could expand - and they endure until this day.
1969 - Start of a new era
Richard Pratt becomes Chairman of Visy after his father Leon's death.
With an annual turnover of $5 million and workforce of more than 200 employees, Visy entered a new and exciting phase of expansion.
1970s - Geographical expansion
Through the 1970's, Visy established new plants at Warwick Farm in Sydney, and also in Victoria and Queensland. By the early twenty-first century, Visy was to become one of the largest employers in a number of regional communities, including Tumut in NSW and Wodonga in Victoria.
1978 - Establishing a charitable tradition
The Pratt Foundation was established by Richard and Jeanne Pratt with the vision of helping a wide range of people in the community. The funds support areas including medical research, education, the arts, religion and the relief of poverty.
1980s - Leading the recycling movement
In the late 70's and early 80's, Visy opened its first paper recycling mills. It was an investment that not only recognised the need to use our resources more sustainably, but also put Visy at the forefront of the recycling movement.
1990s - Global expansion
Visy continued to grow, acquiring box plants and building a paper recycling mill in the United States. This led to Pratt Industries USA signing a waste paper recycling contract with the City of New York in 1995, making them responsible for recycling 150,000 tonnes of the city's waste paper every year. Certainly not a venture for the faint hearted!
1998 - World class, environmentally sustainable manufacturing and recycling facilities
Visy was determined to build and operate a pulp and paper mill that was sustainable in every sense of the word - and settled on the town of Tumut as its location. Every aspect of the $450 million mill set the highest environmental standards, from design to implementation. At the same time, the mill was able to deliver substantial economic and social benefits to Tumut and surrounding communities.
2000s - One of the world's largest privately owned packaging and recycling companies
With the acquisition of Southcorp Packaging, Visy effectively doubled its size overnight. This enabled Visy to achieve its goal to provide, through vertical integration, world leadership in the packaging and recycling industry.
Visy was now operating across over 100 packaging and recycling sites in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. New products were also added into the mix - Visy began producing PET bottles and jars, aluminium and tinplate cans, paperboard cartons and rigid plastic packaging.
In 2009, Richard Pratt died and Anthony Pratt became Executive Chairman of Visy.
2010s - Renewable energy focus
Visy opened its second clean energy plant at Coolaroo in Victoria. The clean energy plant turns residual waste into energy to help power two on-site paper mills.
Visy has developed a vision statement to embody the global aspirations of our business, and provide a unity of purpose for our workforce.
To be the global leader in creating sustainable packaging solutions for a better world
We have also defined a set of five company values that will underpin all of our decisions and actions as a global business.
1. Customer Focus
We will build strong relationships with our customers to support their business. When they succeed, so do we.
2. Relentless Pursuit of Best Value
We will be innovative in driving to achieve the best value for the supply chain.
3. Acting with Urgency, Passion and Energy for our Business
We have a strong work ethic and commitment to the success of "one Visy". We act decisively, using facts, to achieve the best outcomes for our customers and for Visy. Our key people act with a strong sense of business leadership.
4. Safety & Environment
Everything we do is dependent on the safety of ourselves, our employees, our customers and the communities in which we operate. Sustainability is critical to our business.
5. Encouraging and Developing Excellence in People
Core to our personal credibility is treating people with respect. We encourage everybody to be their best. Our people are supported and challenged to achieve their potential
Safe production means lean, high quality and high performing production
Safety is important to us at Visy, and we are committed to manufacturing our products in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible way. Our safety policy outlines the aims and actions we have put in place to ensure our employees, contractors and visitors are not exposed to harm or hazards. Biannual targets are established in Visy’s Corporate HSE Plan which is cascaded down to site plans and programs. The HSE Plan sets targets and lag indicators (injury frequency, injury claims and costs) and lead indicators for Safe Conditions and Safe Behaviours.
Systems to ensure structure and consistency
Visy has established a combined Health, Safety and Environmental Management System (HSE System) based on the structure of ISO 14001 and the safety system standard ISO45001. This is supported by the Visy Incident Management and Learning Management Systems. The purpose of these systems is to ensure structure and consistency in the planning, implementation and management control of HSE issues. Visy certified this system by third party audit to the relevant standards at Visy Paper Mills which constitute our most significant HSE hazards. A strength of the HSE System is the internal audit program to review compliance, conformance to the system, management of key hazards and housekeeping. Our objectives and commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace are documented in our Safety Policy.
Establishing safe patterns of behaviour during all tasks and activities
The root cause of most injury and incident is behaviour. The HSE System ensures that all staff, contractors and visitors are inducted and trained to understand hazards and the requirements of their roles. This is supported by a monthly program of tool box talks to reinforce key safety messages for major hazards, annual safety campaigns and recognition programs. Stop and Think is an on-going awareness and personal risk assessment program to establish safe patterns of behaviour during all tasks and activities which occur on site. Behavioural safety observation and communication is a program with targets for all sites under the Corporate HSE Plan to involve managers and supervisors in formal task observation and feedback to reinforce positive behaviours and build the capacity of line managers as leaders of safety culture.
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