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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
       
      "International Paper has joined WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GTFN)".
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We will continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    29/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      29/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: Other (specify)
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            If Other, specify here: Undiclosed
            "We are committed to the following: Using wood fiber from responsible sources which include the following – [...] Fiber from certified forests. [...] Fiber sourced through third-party certified procurement systems, or supply chains that are covered by a form of legal verification or legal assurance including chain of custody." They also do not use paper sourced from High Conservation Value forests.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to the following: Using wood fiber from responsible sources which include the following – [...] Fiber from certified forests. [...] Fiber sourced through third-party certified procurement systems, or supply chains that are covered by a form of legal verification or legal assurance including chain of custody." They also do not use paper sourced from High Conservation Value forests.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to the following: Using wood fiber from responsible sources which include the following – [...] Fiber from certified forests. [...] Fiber sourced through third-party certified procurement systems, or supply chains that are covered by a form of legal verification or legal assurance including chain of custody." They also do not use paper sourced from High Conservation Value forests.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to the following: Using wood fiber from responsible sources which include the following – [...] Fiber from certified forests. [...] Fiber sourced through third-party certified procurement systems, or supply chains that are covered by a form of legal verification or legal assurance including chain of custody." They also do not use paper sourced from High Conservation Value forests.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to the following: Using wood fiber from responsible sources which include the following – [...] Fiber from certified forests. [...] Fiber sourced through third-party certified procurement systems, or supply chains that are covered by a form of legal verification or legal assurance including chain of custody." They also do not use paper sourced from High Conservation Value forests.
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "We rely on a healthy, ongoing supply of wood through the careful management practices of our wood suppliers, and we use fiber that has been recovered. In the United States, we recover, process, or facilitate the sale of more than 6 million tons of recovered fiber each year, making us one of the larger recyclers of paper in the country".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "44% increase in the volume of certified fiber".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "44% increase in the volume of certified fiber".
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Our fiber suppliers are critical to our success, and we value long-term relationships with those who share our commitment to sustainable forestry. . . We regularly work with fiber suppliers and landowners to support the procedures necessary for fiber certification."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Through a collaboration between WWF and International Paper, research will be undertaken to help answer the question of the quantity and quality of forestland needed for the planet to thrive. The outputs of this work will be used to help create the world’s first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world’s forests".
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          27093 tons
          International Paper reported that they sold 27,093‬ tons of paper products in 2018.
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          International Paper ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    15/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

International Paper is one of the leading producers of fiber-based packaging, as well as pulp and paper, in the world.

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Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Forestry
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Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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