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  • Overall approach
    4/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network

      If Other Initiative, specify:: The Nature Conservancy, Arbor Day Foundation, The Recycling Partnership
      IP are members and signed up to a number of initiatives with the statements that - "International Paper recognizes the importance of strategic collaboration to make meaningful progress across our value chain. Engaging with third-party organizations helps us broaden our sustainability efforts so that together, we have a greater impact."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "A source of livelihood for millions, forests store carbon, purify drinking water and provide habitat for wildlife. They also enable us to make products people depend on every day."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational, operational
      "Moreover, we may be directly impacted by, and are working to manage, the risks and costs to us, our customers and our vendors of the effects of climate change, greenhouse gases, and the availability of energy and water resources. These risks include the potentially adverse impact on forestlands, which are a key resource in the production of our products, increased product costs and a change in the types of products that customers purchase. We also face risks arising from the increased public focus, including by governmental and nongovernmental organizations, on these and other environmental sustainability matters, such as packaging and waste, deforestation, and land use"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      International Paper has a Sustainability Committee: "The committee consists of a multidisciplinary group comprised of Manufacturing, Legal, Sustainability, Forestry, Human Resources, Communication, Business, Supply Chain, Finance and Government Relations."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 1,343 hectares
      "For each 3 hectares of eucalyptus, the company preserves 1 hectare of natural ecosystem. By doing so, the forestry landscape retains more ecological balance, with 350 native trees species already identified and more than 400 animal species from the Brazilian fauna. [...] The company also maintains four RPPNs (Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural [Private Nature Heritage Reserve]) in the State of São Paulo, one in the process of recognition. These conservation units have a total area of 1,343 hectares. In the municipality of Mogi Guaçu, there are two areas for conservation, one with 187 hectares and one in recognition, with about 221 hectares. In the municipalities of Brotas, Espírito Santo do Pinhal and Conchal, International Paper has three other areas of 793, 50, and 92 hectares, respectively."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      Has a long-term conservation goal: "We’re committed to conserving and restoring one million acres of ecologically significant forestland by 2030." Also lists several restoration projects it has already contributed to: “In Brazil, 25% of the land International Paper owns is set aside and planted as indigenous forest which will never be harvested. IP Brazil has five private natural heritage reserves totalling 1,345 hectares in Sau Paulo state.” “We’ve teamed up with WWF to advance forest restoration in Brazil. The first step is a restoration in 5,584 square mile river basin called the Mogi Guacu."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2020
      "Our goal of reducing GHG emissions by 20 percent by the end of 2020 includes both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions."
  • Commodity score
    29/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      29/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            2030 vision: "100% our fiber from sustainably managed forests or recovered fiber while safeguarding forests, watersheds and biodiversity"; "For forestlands that we own or lease, we commit to third-party certification of the forest management practices to a credible forest certification standard[..]For fiber that we purchase, we commit to sourcing according to the following principles[...] We will not accept:[...]Fiber sourced from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities; Fiber that is non-compliant with our Chain of Custody certification requirements for forest conversions"; "We follow a Fiber Certification Policy that accepts globally recognized forest management standards. These include the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) [...]"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            2030 vision: "100% our fiber from sustainably managed forests or recovered fiber while safeguarding forests, watersheds and biodiversity"; "For forestlands that we own or lease, we commit to third-party certification of the forest management practices to a credible forest certification standard[..]For fiber that we purchase, we commit to sourcing according to the following principles[...] We will not accept:[...]Fiber sourced from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities; Fiber that is non-compliant with our Chain of Custody certification requirements for forest conversions"; "We follow a Fiber Certification Policy that accepts globally recognized forest management standards. These include the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) [...]"
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            2030 vision: "100% our fiber from sustainably managed forests or recovered fiber while safeguarding forests, watersheds and biodiversity"; "For forestlands that we own or lease, we commit to third-party certification of the forest management practices to a credible forest certification standard[..]For fiber that we purchase, we commit to sourcing according to the following principles[...] We will not accept:[...]Fiber sourced from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities; Fiber that is non-compliant with our Chain of Custody certification requirements for forest conversions"; "We follow a Fiber Certification Policy that accepts globally recognized forest management standards. These include the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) [...]"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Vision 2020 Goal [...] Stated Goal: Increase third-party certified fiber by 35% [...] Achieved: 48% increase in certified fiber volume"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            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 regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            Only in USA
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "Source 100% our fiber from sustainably managed forests or recovered fiber while safeguarding forests, watersheds and biodiversity"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            "Vision 2020 goal [...] Stated Goal: Increase recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC) by 15% by exploring new sources and diverting usable fiber from landfills [...] Achieved: 66% increase in recovery of OCC"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          Supplier Code of Conduct states that suppliers must adhere to the following standards: "Suppliers are expected to keep their workplaces free of harassment [...] and discrimination [...] Freedom of Association. Suppliers must respect the right of their employees to join or not to join any lawful association without fear of retaliation [...] Suppliers shall only employ workers with a legal right to work. Illegal child labor and forced labor are forbidden in any circumstance." In its Human Rights Statement, IP states that "International Paper respects international principles of human rights including those expressed in the UN Declaration of Human Rights" and that "We take steps to assure that our key suppliers understand the standards that we apply to ourselves and expect from those who do business with us."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Vision 2020 Goal [...] Stated Goal: Increase third-party certified fiber by 35% [...] Achieved: 48% increase in certified fiber volume"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "Vision 2020 goal [...] Stated Goal: Increase recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC) by 15% by exploring new sources and diverting usable fiber from landfills [...] Achieved: 66% increase in recovery of OCC"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC and PEFC certification
            "2020 Total Certified Percentage [...] Global [...] Total Certified: 38.6% [...] FSC: 10.4% [...] PEFC: 28.2%"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: They are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy on Natural Climate Solutions

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "We are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy on Natural Climate Solutions, the conservation, restoration and improved forest management techniques that increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in managed forest landscapes. Our collaboration is supporting their Reduced-Impact Logging for Carbon (RIL-C) initiative in Gabon and Indonesia, where they are developing a set of scientific practices that balance the economic needs of forest-based communities with environmental goals. RIL-C can reduce up to 50% of CO2 emissions in a commercial forest operation."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not disclosed
          Lists "Sustainable forestry and ongoing supply of wood fiber" as one of its "Risks and Opportunities" in 2013 Sustainability Report. "We plan a continued review and deliberate improvements to maintain a strong supply-chain risk management process. This work will build upon our current robust processes, which include: [...] Supplier Risk Assessment Matrix screening that captures supply disruption, financial stability, alternative supply sources, and material substitution [...] Fiber supplier audits and checks performed by three separate groups: International Paper’s Global Sourcing Fiber Supply and EHS&S departments, and the international third-party auditor, Bureau Veritas."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 25,829 tons
          For 2020, International Paper reported sales of: 18,655 tons of Industrial Packaging, 3,676 tons of Global cellulose fibers and 3,498 tons of printing paper. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 38.60%

          What is the certified volume?: 9,970 tons

          What is the compliant volume?: 9,970 tons

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC and PEFC
          2020 Total Certified Percentage: North America, Total Certified: 33.3%, FSC: 3.8%, PEFC: 29.5%; EMEA, Total Certified: 64.2%, FSC: 34.2%, PEFC: 30%; Brazil, Total Certified: 85.8%, FSC: 85.8%; Global, Total Certified: 38.6%, FSC: 10.4%, PEFC: 28.2%.; For 2020, International Paper reported sales of: 18,655 tons of Industrial Packaging, 3,676 tons of Global cellulose fibers and 3,498 tons of printing paper. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
           "As part of International Paper’s strategic sourcing process, our sourcing teams conduct a pre-contract risk assessment based on the principles of our Supplier Code of Conduct and other risk factors. The assessment provides transparency and highlights areas of potential social, environmental and financial risk. After the initial pre-contract risk assessment and contracting with a supplier, we take a deeper look into their potential risks through the use of our risk assessment tool. We continue to assess suppliers for risk via a third-party survey platform. Dependent on the survey results, we may initiate a third-party on-site audit to take a closer look at the supplier. Both the survey and audit are a means to monitor our supply chain and verify compliance to our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our buyers use the feedback from these surveys and audits to help suppliers create action plans for continuous improvement."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Internal assessment tool

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annually

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "We monitor supply chain risk through annual sustainability surveys that cover all aspects of our Supplier Code of Conduct: ethics, safety, labor and environmental compliance. [...] At International Paper, our global supply chain sustainability team creates and implements compliance and risk management strategies.Throughout our global supply chain, we promote:[...] • Responsible use of natural resources. After the initial pre-contract risk assessment and contracting with a supplier, we take a deeper look into their potential risks through the use of our risk assessment tool. We continue to assess suppliers for risk via a third-party survey platform. Dependent on the survey results, we may initiate a third-party on-site audit to take a closer look at the supplier. Both the survey and audit are a means to monitor our supply chain and verify compliance to our Supplier Code of Conduct."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "As part of International Paper’s strategic sourcing process, our sourcing teams conduct a pre-contract risk assessment based on the principles of our Supplier Code of Conduct and other risk factors. The assessment provides transparency and highlights areas of potential social, environmental and financial risk. After the initial pre-contract risk assessment and contracting with a supplier, we take a deeper look into their potential risks through the use of our risk assessment tool. We continue to assess suppliers for risk via a third-party survey platform. Dependent on the survey results, we may initiate a third-party on-site audit to take a closer look at the supplier. Both the survey and audit are a means to monitor our supply chain and verify compliance to our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our buyers use the feedback from these surveys and audits to help suppliers create action plans for continuous improvement."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?:  "Extreme cases" of non-compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Provides feedback from surveys and audits which can be used to create action plans for continuous improvement
          "After the initial pre-contract risk assessment and contracting with a supplier, we take a deeper look into their potential risks through the use of our risk assessment tool. We continue to assess suppliers for risk via a third-party survey platform. Dependent on the survey results, we may initiate a third-party on-site audit to take a closer look at the supplier. Both the survey and audit are a means to monitor our supply chain and verify compliance to our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our buyers use the feedback from these surveys and audits to help suppliers create action plans for continuous improvement [...] In extreme cases, International Paper reserves the right to terminate a relationship with a supplier whose values, policies or practices are not aligned with our expectations."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    Avg. score

Profile

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

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
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United States
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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