Four goals to advance circular solutions and create positive social and environmental impact
Submitted by International Paper Company
International Paper (NYSE: IP) today announced its Vision 2030 goals, which demonstrate its commitment to building a better future for people, the planet and the company. Through the goals, one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper will advance its contributions to the circular, low-carbon economy while building on its commitments to its people and communities.
“As a global leader in the forest products industry, International Paper is uniquely positioned to drive significant progress in the circular economy,” noted Mark Sutton, chairman, and chief executive officer. “Our Vision 2030 goals demonstrate our commitment to creating long-term value for all stakeholders.”
The company has committed to achieving the following goals by 2030:
Each goal includes one to three specific, measurable targets, enabling the company to track its progress throughout the decade. The targets include commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% from 2017 levels, to reduce water usage by 25% and to create innovative products that are 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable.
While many of the new goals and corresponding targets solidify the company’s existing social and environmental commitments, some goals, such as accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, will require a push toward more innovation and increased collaboration.
“Our Vision 2030 goals are designed to benefit our employees and communities, enable us to meet our customers’ demands for more sustainable products and further improve our environmental footprint,” said Sophie Beckham, the company’s newly appointed chief sustainability officer. “Collaboration throughout our entire value chain – from customers and suppliers to non-governmental organizations – will be crucial to achieving these ambitious goals.”
The goals support the company’s vision of being among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world and align with the global priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Learn more about International Paper’s commitment to building a better future for people, the planet and the company at InternationalPaper.com/Vision2030.
About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.
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About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging and pulp products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and employ approximately 38,000 colleagues. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion*. For more information about International Paper, our products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.
*Inclusive of our former pulp and paper mill in Kwidzyn, Poland, which was sold on August 6, 2021, and our former global papers business, which became a standalone, publicly traded company on October 1, 2021.
About International Paper - EMEA
In Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of fiber-based packaging and pulp, employing approximately 4,200 people. As a leading supplier of high-quality corrugated containers for a multitude of applications, we serve customers throughout the region from our network of two recycled containerboard mills and 23 box plants in France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Pulp production is centered in Gdansk, Poland. Other products available from International Paper in the region include Kraft linerboard and recycled containerboard, as well as pulp.
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