It is our policy to work to ensure we and our sources comply with the law and do not cause or encourage
destruction of forest areas at risk of loss from unsustainable practices. These areas are identified
in guidelines issued under our Wood Procurement Policy, and include remaining natural forest in
biodiversity hotspots and major tropical wilderness areas, defined as areas outside North America
identified in Conservation International's conservation strategies as of July 1, 2002.
Within the regions in which we and our sources operate, we work with governments, environmental
nongovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples and communities to identify and help protect
forest areas that are priorities for conservation. In the United States and Canada, we also operate
in conformance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard. When operations using the SFI
standard are procuring externally sourced logs and chips for use in our manufacturing and chipping
facilities or by our log customers, we operate in compliance with SFI's procurement principles
This policy applies to all our employees accountable for harvesting or purchasing wood-based raw
materials for resale or for use in our mills, including logs, chips, pulp and veneer, and for purchasing
products for distribution. The SFI procurement provisions apply to employees accountable for purchasing
logs and chips in operations covered by the SFI standard.
A few of the highlights in our policy include:
- We will not knowingly purchase wood, wood fiber, or products for distribution that originate from
illegal logging We will not harvest or purchase wood, wood fiber, or products for distribution
from forest areas at risk of loss as described in guidelines issued under this standard, unless
the sources have been independently certified or verified as well managed.
- We will exercise due care to ensure that its sources meet this standard, including the use of third-party
certification and other credible and transparent safeguards in countries lacking effective laws
against illegal logging. We may, at our discretion, continue to work with sources that demonstrate
their ability to come into compliance with this standard within an agreed-upon period of time.
Read our full Wood Procurement
Policy, including detailed implementation guidelines, here.