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Focus on Supply Chain: Third-Party Certification and Engagement With Family Forest Owners

Focus on Supply Chain: Third-Party Certification and Engagement With Family Forest Owners

Published 12-16-22

Submitted by International Paper Company

pair walking in the woods

Originally published in International Paper's 2021 Sustainability Report

We also use third-party certification systems, including the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) to verify sourcing from sustainably managed forests. In 2021, 32% of fiber sourced by our mills was sourced from a third-party forest management standard such as FSC, PEFC or SFI. All other material sourced met the FSC Controlled Wood standard, SFI sourcing standard, and underwent due diligence through our mapping tool ForSite™

Following a growing customer demand for certified products, we formed Certified Forest Management LLC (CFM) in 2012. CFM is our own FSC forest management group, which provides a cost-effective option for small, private landowners to become FSC certified. Since 2012, CFM has enrolled and maintained FSC forest management certification for 488 properties in 11 states, encompassing approximately 994,000 acres. In 2021, 105 new properties were added to our CFM group including new sourcing areas near our Pensacola, Florida and Flint River, Georgia mills.

International Paper Fiber Certifications

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Procurement
  • Due Diligence System (DDS) Verification Certificate
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Sourcing

97% of the fiber International Paper purchased in 2021 was sourced in the U.S. and 3% in Canada.

IP Launches Fiber Supply Recognition Program

International Paper presented its inaugural Award for Vision 2030 Healthy and Abundant Forest Excellence in October 2021. The awards recognize employees who make exceptional contributions to our progress to achieve our Vision 2030 Healthy and Abundant Forests goal through risk mitigation, compliance checks and contributions to our conservation partnerships.

Of the ~55 million tons of fiber International Paper purchased in 2021 (including recycled)

66% came from sources that were verified as meeting our Healthy and Abundant Forests goal

28% from forests managed to the PEFC™ or SFI® Forest Management standards

24% 2nd-party verified through our ForSite™ GIS platform and sawmill due diligence

10% from recycled fiber purchased in North America

4% from forests managed to the FSC® standard

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. See how we’re building a better future for people, the planet, and our company at internationalpaper.com/Vision-2030.

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About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.

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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