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Georgia-Pacific Is Removing Barriers While “Creating Second Chances”

Published 12-07-21

Submitted by Georgia-Pacific

At Georgia-Pacific, we work to empower individuals to realize their full potential and positively contribute to their communities. The GP Second Chance Program provides hope for those who reenter society after incarceration – hoping to build a new life to support their family and to become productive members of society with a brighter future.

Benjamin Zellers and Lewis Johnson are employees at our plywood mill in Madison, Ga., who have benefited from this program. Learn more about their journey and our second chance hiring efforts in the full video.

When it comes to hiring, we also ban the criminal history box on job applications to help remove barriers and evaluate candidates on their potential, not their past mistakes. Our parent company, Koch Industries, initiated “Ban the box” in 2015 to ensure everyone can apply for suitable employment, including those who are justice involved. And in 2020, Koch rolled out the “Creating Second Chances” strategy as a guide to recruit and hire formerly incarcerated people.

Follow the link to the Social Stewardship section for more stories like this. 




Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: . For news, visit:

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