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    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our 2025 Sustainability Metrics. As a global leader of sustainability in nonwoven fabrics, we’re charting a path forward with aggressive goals that will reduce our environmental impact.

    Using our 2018 numbers as a benchmark, we’re committing to the reaching the following sustainable metrics by 2025:

    A five percent reduction in net water usage

    A ten percent reduction in energy consumption

    A fifteen percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

    A thirty percent reduction in waste to landfill

    We’re tracking all these figures for every kilogram of material produced. Not only are we pursuing these goals through smarter, optimized production, we’re also upgrading our materials and technology. We’re already seeing energy savings through initiatives like our switch to LED lighting, the improvement of our HVAC systems, and the optimization of our fabric mix.

    Jacob Holm is also helping our partners both up- and down-stream. With our innovative Jacob Holm eCO 2 -quation app, our customers can track the carbon footprint of the products they order and optimize their selections based on key performance indicators. And by combining our efforts with non-profit partners like Una Ciudad para Todos, “A City For Everyone,” in Spain, we’re redirecting our waste material in conscious, beneficial ways that help us reach toward social sustainability as we reach toward environmental sustainability. 

    Jacob Holm’s 2025 Sustainability Metrics provide a measurable, transparent framework in which to realize our deep commitment to the environment. We’re proud to move forward together with our partners. 

    Announcing Our 2025 Sustainability Goals

    With our vision firmly fixed on a sustainable future, Jacob Holm is proud to announce the official launch of our…

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    Planting Trees for Earth Day — and a Renewable Future

    Jacob Holm’s Sontara® facility in Old Hickory, Tennessee, sits on the shores of Old Hickory Lake. In honor of Earth Day 2020, we planted trees throughout our property, including magnolias, green giants, cherry trees and oaks. It’s one way to honor not just the Earth, but the history of our company and the Mikkelsen family’s profound connection to forestry. We hope our new trees serve as symbols to our commitment to the sustainable growth of middle Tennessee.

    Planting Trees for Earth Day — and a Renewable Future

    Jacob Holm’s Sontara® facility in Old Hickory, Tennessee, sits on the shores of Old Hickory Lake. In honor of Earth…

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    Smart Investment Brings Both Business and Environmental Sustainability

    Investing in one aspect of sustainability often makes another aspect possible. Jacob Holm’s supply chain forms the foundation of all our processes. Our sustainable business – and our commitment to quality – depend on its reliability. That’s why we’ve recently invested in the warehousing and converting capabilities of our Sontara® facility in Asturias, Spain. Not only is our supply chain stronger, we’ve been able to reduce our overall shipping load, leading to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. According to the European Chemical Transport Associations, this annual reduction in greenhouse gas amounts to 150,000 kilograms, or 150 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of saving the emissions of a car driving 750,000 kilometers, equal to nineteen times around the earth’s equator or to the moon and back!

    Smart Investment Brings Both Business and Environmental Sustainability

    Investing in one aspect of sustainability often makes another aspect possible. Jacob Holm’s supply chain forms the foundation of all…

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    Donation to Diaper bank of NC

    Jacob Holm is a family business, and we believe all families should have access to proper hygiene. Though we’re most known for our consumer wipes products, we’re also heavily involved in the hygiene market, producing a range of diaper components. ]

    As part of our commitment to social sustainability, we were excited to make a donation to the diaper bank of North Carolina as part of their inaugural fundraising gala in 2019.

    Research shows that providing families with access to diapers leads to improved physical health in children and better mental health in their parents. Another benefit is improved employment consistency for working parents, which contributes to both social and economic sustainability.

    A grassroots non-profit founded by moms, the Diaper Bank has made huge strides toward ensuring no baby in North Carolina goes without the basic necessity of diapers. It’s a simple step toward the overall goal of greater family stability, and Jacob Holm is proud to be a part of it. 

    Donation to Diaper bank of NC

    Jacob Holm is a family business, and we believe all families should have access to proper hygiene. Though we’re most…

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    Welcoming New Employees in a Dire Time

    During the coronavirus crisis, demand for medical-grade nonwoven fabrics used in care facilities across the globe has increased sixty-five percent. To keep pace, Jacob Holm welcomed sixty-seven new employees in March and April of 2020. In trying times, taking care of our employees is more important than ever, which is why our Human Resources team initiated a staffing drive that prioritized our existing employees ‘family members who had been laid off or furloughed due to the crisis. By the end of April, our new employees had already logged more than 2000 hours of overtime. We’re proud to produce solutions to unprecedented problems, both in our products and our commitment to the sustainable health of our communities.

    Welcoming New Employees in a Dire Time

    During the coronavirus crisis, demand for medical-grade nonwoven fabrics used in care facilities across the globe has increased sixty-five percent….

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    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and Asturias, Spain, are on track to meet their annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. Set as part of our commitment to global emissions reduction of fifteen percent by 2025, these greenhouse gas targets showcase our ambitious innovation in sustainable manufacturing. We specifically appreciate the valuable efforts of our production teams in Tennessee and Spain, led by Lee Guthrie and Jose Maria Rodriguez Infanzon. From our board room to the production floor, Jacob Holm is committed to a more sustainable future, all over the globe.

    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and…

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    Jacob Holm Supports United Way

    Each year, Jacob Holm workers foster social sustainability in the most direct way possible: by giving from their own paychecks. Our employees support the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County with tens of thousands of dollars yearly, and we’re proud to say that we match their donations. In addition to this direct monetary support, we encourage our workers to take an active role in helping United Way, offering paid time off for volunteer events such as the United Way Days of Caring, and other community events like building and renovation projects at local schools . In the United Way, we’ve found a valuable partner to make use of our employees’ generosity and community spirit, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.

    Jacob Holm Supports United Way

    Each year, Jacob Holm workers foster social sustainability in the most direct way possible: by giving from their own paychecks….

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    Our First Ingredient is Pure Water

    Without water, Jacob Holm wouldn’t be in business. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in our products. That’s why we make water quality central to our sustainability goals, working intimately with the local municipalities where our plants are based to ensure rigorous standards are maintained. As part of those standards, we closely monitor every single production run for chemical, biological and physical contamination in our in-house laboratories.

    Looking toward the future, we know our standards will be impossible to achieve without pure and abundant water, so we’re acting now to ensure it will be available. In addition to recycling up to 90% of our water at some plants, we’ve committed to reducing our global water consumption by five percent by 2025. That’s a goal we can meet through our innovative technology and continuously improving production efficiency, driven by our conscious dependence on our most precious resource.

    Our First Ingredient is Pure Water

    Without water, Jacob Holm wouldn’t be in business. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in our products. That’s why we…

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    Offering a Range of Natural and Sustainable Raw Materials

    Jacob Holm uses both 100% plant-based and all-natural fibers for our nonwoven products. Our plant-based fibers include Viscose, Lyocell, PLA and Cellulose Acetate. For customers whose needs include all-natural raw materials, we offer cotton, organic cotton, hydrophobic cotton, pulp, flax and hemp. 

    Using these products, our customers can certify their finished goods to various OK Biodegradable and OK compost standards, as well as GOTS and Oeko-tex. It is our mission to enable our customers to meet their end-users strictest environmental standards.

    Offering a Range of Natural and Sustainable Raw Materials

    Jacob Holm uses both 100% plant-based and all-natural fibers for our nonwoven products. Our plant-based fibers include Viscose, Lyocell, PLA…

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    Jacob Holm Quality Policy

    Jacob Holm is committed to providing our customers with high quality nonwovens and service. To maximize customer trust in these…

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    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To establish our commitment to both, we’ve achieved a range of certifications by putting into place measurable sustainability practices. Though we’re a centuries-old company, our youthful spirit guides us. We value the agility to work with our customers to seek the certifications that fit their end-consumers’ needs and growing desire for transparency in the supply chain. These technologies and certifications symbolize our commitment to quality, sustainability and earning our customers’ trust.

    Sustainable Products

    We offer fabric solutions made from a range of sustainably-sourced, natural, recyclable and biodegradable raw materials. We’ve developed the ability to work with recycled fibers such as cotton and polyester, as well as virgin fibers of natural origin like cotton, organic cotton, hydrophobic cotton and pulp made from bamboo, flax and hemp, as well as plant-based fibers like viscose, lyocell, PLA® and cellulose acetate. 

    We also produce finished goods that are HALAL®-certified, Leaping Bunny-certified and Vegan-certified. 

    Responsible Forest Management

    Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS certifies that the company has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system.

    Jacob Holm has implemented an FSC™ product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council™ certification system in three manufacturing sites:

    • Asturias, Spain (FSC-C140069)
    • Soultz, France (FSC-C001586)
    • Candler, NC US (FSC-C116044)

    This certification guarantees that at these sites, Jacob Holm raw materials procured from forests are handled responsibly and provide environmental and monetary well-being to the forest communities.

    Jacob Holm’s manufacturing site in Soultz (France) also holds the PEFC Chain of Custody certificate and the manufacturing site in Candler (NC, US) the SFI Chain of Custody certificate. PEFC and SFI are eco-labels for responsible forest management. They ensure that forests are managed according to environmental, social and economic criteria.

    Sustainability Certifications of Jacob Holm production plants

    Jacob Holm Industries (France), SAS FSC®PEFC™GOTSOeko Tex®OK Biodegradable SOILISO 9001:2015
    Jacob Holm Industries (America), Inc. FSC®SFI®
    Sontara Old Hickory, Inc. Oeko Tex®ISO 9001:2015ISO 22716:2007
    Sontara Asturias S.A.U. FSC®ISO 14001:2015ISO 9001:2015OHSAS 18001:2007

    Securing Trust Through Sustainability Certifications

    At Jacob Holm, we take our product quality very seriously, and we believe that sustainability and quality go hand-in-hand. To…

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    Staying Home for Safety – and Sustainability

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world, but a time of change is also a time of opportunity. Jacob Holm was an early adopter of a work-from-home policy: On February 26, 2020, we implemented our first travel restrictions, and by March 11, we mandated that as many of our administrative employees begin working from home as possible. 

    Of course, our chief goal is the safety of our workers, but that’s just part of the social sustainability benefits we’ve seen from working remotely. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our reduced commuting has achieved a savings of almost fourteen metric tons of carbon emissions per week. According to the EPA, that equals the amount of carbon that would have been produced by powering 1,772,698 smart phones each week, or the weekly carbon-equivalent consumed by 946.4 acres of US forests!

    To learn more about our social and environmental efforts in Coronavirus, click here: https://www.jacob-holm.com/us/en-us/jacob-holm-nonwovens/news/2020/2020-05-04/

    Staying Home for Safety – and Sustainability

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world, but a time of change is also a time of opportunity. Jacob Holm…

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    Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

    Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. According to the United Way, Homework Diners, which began in late 2016, “are a dynamic, comprehensive strategy that surrounds students and their families with a continuum of coordinated supports including: tutoring, opportunities to build parent-teacher relationships, a free and nutritious meal, connections to community resources and workforce readiness. Jacob Holm employees volunteer as tutors and give ongoing support to local middle school students and their families, continuing virtually even during the COVID-19 crisis. 

    Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

    Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United…

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    Celebrating 20+ Years with Our Suppliers

    Jacob Holm proudly celebrates the fact that our relationships with our suppliers have lasted, on average, twenty to twenty-five years. These relationships form an integral part of our business ecosystem, enabling us to create our innovative products. As such, we deeply value our suppliers and continually endeavor to support supply chain security, a top concern of many of our customers, for whom consistency and quality are paramount. When possible, we shop local: Many of the suppliers to our American facilities are themselves located in the US. While we’re always open to new partnerships, Jacob Holm continues the legacy reliability and dedication that has kept us growing with our suppliers for so long.

    Celebrating 20+ Years with Our Suppliers

    Jacob Holm proudly celebrates the fact that our relationships with our suppliers have lasted, on average, twenty to twenty-five years….

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    Quality of Life at Work: The Wellness Challenge

    On two continents, Jacob Holm fosters a work environment that supports our employees’ health. Business and social sustainability depend on nurturing the physical well-being of our workers. In our plants in Soultz, France, and across our three plants in the US, our employees are offered workshops and challenges to improve their own physical health. Specifically, in Soultz, workshops are offered on themes of smoking cessation, achieving quality sleep and a balanced diet, and physical wellness practices such as yoga and pilates. At our Candler plant, employees may choose to participate in the annual Wellness Challenge, engaging in fun competition toward the goals of healthy eating, increased exercise and creating a work environment that supports healthier habits. 

    “We spend many hours of the day together,” says Candler Human Resources Manager Amy Taylor. “That’s why I want to make sure that our workplace helps us maintain and even improve our health.”

    Quality of Life at Work: The Wellness Challenge

    On two continents, Jacob Holm fosters a work environment that supports our employees’ health. Business and social sustainability depend on…

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    Every Employee is Bonus-Eligible

    Jacob Holm believes that social and business sustainability are not competing goals. In fact, they’re complimentary. In both a profitable business and a sustainable society, workers are paid well. That’s why every single Jacob Holm employee — everywhere on the globe, whether in production or administration — is eligible for an end-of-year performance bonus. Based on key performance indicators at the plant level, and individual accomplishment, we hope these bonuses are just one way we let our workers know how highly they’re valued.

    Every Employee is Bonus-Eligible

    Jacob Holm believes that social and business sustainability are not competing goals. In fact, they’re complimentary. In both a profitable…

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    Investing $150M in Minority-Owned Businesses

    As part of our conscious effort toward social sustainability, Jacob Holm tracks every penny we spend, making sure we contribute to the diversity of the marketplace by investing in minority-owned businesses. In 2018, this number amounted to $ 150 million — from our Candler, NC, plant alone!

    The majority of that money was invested in woman-owned ARM Trucking, a small transfer company based in neighboring Waynesville, NC, but we’re also tracking our investments in Hispanic, Native American, African-American and other communities.

    Since 2018, Jacob Holm has created a new position called Vice President of Sourcing. The current Vice President, Erik Lomholdt, leads the charge to increase transparency in our supply chain, tracking diversity in supply chain, at all plants, with an eye toward sustainability. This is in addition to our already-rigorous assessment of our suppliers, equipment, training, safety and end-product quality. 

    While we’re known for taking care of our workers, Jacob Holm believes that sustainability requires more: Caring not just about our own employees, but every person in the marketplace.

    Investing $150M in Minority-Owned Businesses

    As part of our conscious effort toward social sustainability, Jacob Holm tracks every penny we spend, making sure we contribute…

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    Recycling 90% of our Main Ingredient

    Sustainability begins with your ingredients, and it’s even more crucial when your main ingredient is pure water. Our proprietary process for creating our nonwoven fabrics, called hydro-entanglement, uses only water and fiber and is free from all other binders and chemical additives.

    Of the Jacob Holm manufacturing plants, the Soultz facility boasts the lowest environmental impact, leading the way within our corporate family and across our industry. From sustainably sourcing our water to re-using almost all of it, we’re pushing continuously toward both environment and business sustainability at all of our manufacturing facilities.

    Recycling 90% of our Main Ingredient

    Sustainability begins with your ingredients, and it’s even more crucial when your main ingredient is pure water. Our proprietary process…

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    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to provide the best possible healthcare coverage to all of our employees, and we’re proud to say that more than 90% of our US workers have chosen to participate in our healthcare benefits program.

    While most employers contribute only 82% for their workers’ employee-only plans, and only about 71% for family plans, Jacob Holm pays between 85% -95% of our employee premium, providing a meaningful benefit for our employees.

    In addition, we offer two outstanding options for both medical and dental plans, allowing our employees the opportunity to find the best fit for their needs. Jacob Holm covers our health reimbursement plan 100%, giving our workers peace of mind. Employees choose between dental plans: We cover 65% -70% of one option and 100% of the other. 

    Caring for our workers means valuing their safety and wellbeing in all aspects of life. This is why, in addition to healthcare coverage, we also provide monthly physical and financial wellness programs. In Europe and the Americas, we offer activities that provide employees with opportunities to become more financially aware, so they can be happier and more comfortable with their finances in the future. In addition, we provide financial counselors to help our employees improve their overall financial well-being.

    “Our new team members are always surprised by and pleased with our benefits package and say their employee cost is much less than what was paid at previous jobs” says Robin Devlin, Regional Benefits Specialist. 

    We value our people. Our investment in their physical and financial well-being is one way we have invested in caring for them and their future.

    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to…

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    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek sustainable solutions for our production waste that benefit our local communities. We’re proud to say that one of our solutions is the donation of fiber and fabric from our converting site in Madison, Tennessee, to a local company that up-cycles the materials for use as stuffing in teddy bears.

    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek…

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    Replacing Old Technology with LED Lighting

    Even on a global scale, small changes matter. As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing, Jacob Holm has begun a process of replacing the high-pressure sodium bulbs in our facilities with LED bulbs. While it may not sound as bold as our other sustainability initiatives, we’ve seen a substantial benefit. For example, our warehouse and converting facility in Madison, Tennessee, has achieved a 30-35% reduction in its energy expenditure due to this change alone. Real change happens in small steps, and Jacob Holm is dedicated to reducing our impact in every way possible.

    Replacing Old Technology with LED Lighting

    Even on a global scale, small changes matter. As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing,…

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    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels – including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able to contribute our non-woven fabrics to industrial and urban art projects through an initiative Dumora calls Vortex-X.

    Up-cycling Jacob Holm nonwoven fabrics, Vortex-X creates sculptures of intricate, gossamer strands. Our material is sliced ​​into strings, then stretched and tied in precise angles, gracing public spaces and industrial sites with sculptures called “wipe webs.” In this way, we’re not only providing raw materials for artists, but also finding value for the public in industrial waste.

    Through these art installations, Jacob Holm and Vortex-X hope to inspire viewers and encourage the practice of upcycling. To find out where you can view a Vortex-X exhibition, www.vortex075.com has information about all past and future sculptures.

    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels – including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able…

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    Sustainable Products Made with Groundbreaking Technology

    Jacob Holm uses groundbreaking technology and processes to pioneer the use of natural fibers in nonwovens. We began using cotton ten years ago, long before Millennial consumers began developing preferences for natural products. Five years ago, we innovated and patented technology to build the market leading line for dispersible and biodegradable material. As a part of our sustainable processes, cotton fibers are organically grown near our production site and our production site in Soultz, France has completely eliminated waste through recycling, regeneration, and repurposing. We at Jacob Holm make sustainable and innovative products without landfill waste because we care about our local communities and strive to minimize our environmental impact. We are continuously investing in technology to reduce our carbon footprint,

    For the past 10 years we have led the market in sustainability. We were one of the first companies to validate the efforts of our supply chain through the strict requirements of GOTS, SFI®, FSC®, and PEFC ™ ensuring that our forests and raw materials are managed and procured responsibly. We also ensure product safety for eco-checks, ISO certification, and many others to provide customers with high quality nonwovens. Our leadership in sustainable fabrics and solutions includes concern for social responsibility and community engagement. At Jacob Holm we continuously strive towards making a difference by caring for the well-being of our employees, our local communities, and working towards making a positive impact on our future.  

    Sustainable Products Made with Groundbreaking Technology

    Jacob Holm uses groundbreaking technology and processes to pioneer the use of natural fibers in nonwovens. We began using cotton…

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    Zero Landfill Waste at Jacob Holm France

    All of Jacob Holm’s production facilities continuously seek new and innovative solutions for processing waste. Our sustainability flagship plant in Soultz, France, is leading the way in the French cradle of textiles. Through thoughtful reuse and recycling of materials, as well as improved internal and external waste management processes, Jacob Holm Soultz reached a zero waste to landfill benchmark in 2013. 

    In addition, the Soultz plant continually implements processes that minimize our use of water— recycling ninety percent of our most precious resource — and energy.

    Soultz is an inspiration within the Jacob Holm family, setting an example for the rest of our facilities. And, we hope, for the rest of the industry.

     

    Zero Landfill Waste at Jacob Holm France

    All of Jacob Holm’s production facilities continuously seek new and innovative solutions for processing waste. Our sustainability flagship plant in…

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    Supporting Breastfeeding At Work

    Anyone with a newborn knows that family isn’t something you return to after work: Family is always with you. Jacob Holm values ​​family as an integral part of our business and our social sustainability efforts. This empathy comes from the top: CEO Martin Mikkelsen has four children and takes pride in the fact that Jacob Holm is a family-owned business. That’s why we have a global policy in place to support breastfeeding at work. We make accommodations for anyone who would like to breastfeed at work, for as long as they would like to breastfeed at work, because nothing is more important to sustainability than our children. 

    Supporting Breastfeeding At Work

    Anyone with a newborn knows that family isn’t something you return to after work: Family is always with you. Jacob…