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Responsible Fiber Sourcing

Internationally accepted standards give stakeholders an objective, third-party analysis to judge whether a company is following responsible, sustainable forestry practices and effectively managing its environmental impacts. We support the use of these standards, including having independent, external auditors verify a company's commitment to responsible sourcing. Our responsible fiber sourcing practices are guided by our wood procurement policy and implementation guidelines.

Questions about sustainable procurement have led organizations that buy wood and paper-based products to consider factors beyond the traditional attributes of price, service, quality and availability when making purchasing decisions. The environmental and social aspects of wood, pulp and paper products are becoming part of the purchasing decision.

We verify our commitment to responsible fiber sourcing through our certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® 2010-2014 Standard. Through its fiber sourcing requirements, the SFI program stands apart from other independent forest certification programs by addressing the fact that all forest landowners — certified or not — play a critical role in the long-term health and sustainability of forests. Since close to 90 percent of the world’s forests are not certified, we must show that the raw material in our supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are certified or not. In North America, we promote responsible forestry by requiring forest landowners, from whom we buy wood fiber, to use best management practices and qualified logging professionals when harvesting. We share information and promote sustainable forest management with all individuals and businesses that supply us with wood,

Raw Material Sources

Almost 61 percent of the logs and wood chips we use in our U.S. and Canadian operations come from certified forests. In the U.S., the uncertified portion of our supply comes mainly from small, family-owned forests and, in Canada, mainly from publicly owned forests that we manage under provincial government license.

In 2012, our U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities that use logs and chips as their raw material consumed 11.8 million cunits of wood fiber (one cunit equals 100 cubic feet of solid wood).

Million cunits of logs or wood chips by our U.S. and Canadian facilities
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Volume of wood fiber used 15.6 9.8 10.8 11.4 11.8
Number of facilities 60 56 48 48 48
  1. Data reflects the actual portfolio of operating facilities for each year, unlike our other environmental data on this website where we do not include data for operations that we sold or otherwise divested.

Lacey Act

In 2008, the United States amended its Lacey Act, a major initiative to combat global trafficking in “illegally taken” wildlife, fish and plants, including illegally sourced wood and products derived from wood. In 2013, the European Union implemented its Timber Regulation, which similarly makes it unlawful to trade in wood from illegal sources.

We support the Lacey Act and the EU regulations. It is our longstanding policy to ensure we and our sources comply with all laws and do not cause or encourage destruction of forest areas at risk of loss from unsustainable practices. We will not knowingly purchase or use wood, wood fiber or products for distribution that originate from illegal logging. We conduct due diligence and document the species and country of origin of our products on our Product Environmental Profiles

Last updated July 3, 2013