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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-net-deforestation
      2/6
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
      IP state the following as a Sustainable Development Goal - "Because we recognize that deforestation and conversion can negatively affect forest ecosystems, we only procure wood from sources that adhere to the requirements in our Global Responsible Fiber Procurement Policy and will not knowingly accept fiber from controversial sources, forests harvested for conversion to non-forest use, or forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities." "As a global company, firmly dedicated to sustainable forestry, International Paper uses third-party certification, chain-of-custody and internationally recognized forest certification standards. International Paper recognizes the following certification standards for use in our global operations: • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global certification system that provides Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management and chain of custody. Globally, FSC is effective in maintaining high conservation values and avoiding unacceptable wood fiber sources. International Paper has been a member of FSC since 2010 and continues to seek an increase in the availability of certified fiber globally. • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a global umbrella organization that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network; Other intiative

      If Other Initiative, specify:: The Nature Conservancy; Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative; 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
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      As their main headline on their supporting eco-systems page - "We are committed to ensuring a lasting positive impact on forest ecosystems, championing responsible forest management practices, and investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital." [...] "We endeavor to continue to lead the international business community in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come".
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      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
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      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
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • 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?: 825,000 acres
      Lists several restoration projects it has already contributed to: Works with the American Forest Foundation on the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative – “450 landowners will be supported with technical assistance and resources … 13,000 acres of forestland to be enhanced, restored and expanded.” “We’ve worked with a variety of stakeholders, like private landowners, government agencies and conservation groups, to develop science-based conservation plans to keep nearly 400,000 acres of Southern pine, oak, bottomland hardwoods and woodlands healthy and intact.” “Since 2013, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper have invested more than $15 million through the Forestland Stewards partnership. The program has engaged nearly 15,000 private landowners in restoration, conservation and habitat enhancement projects, restoring and protecting more than 400,000 acres of native forest and wildlife habitat.” “In 2018, 19 projects were awarded grants which are expected to establish more than 25,500 new protected acres as well as enhance and protect approximately 113,000 existing acres … one project alone will protect more than 13,000 acres of working forest along the Savannah River in South Carolina.”
    • 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.”
  • Commodity score
    28/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      28/84
      • Commitment Strength
        13/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "As a global company, firmly dedicated to sustainable forestry, International Paper uses third-party certification, chain-of-custody and internationally recognized forest certification standards. International Paper recognizes the following certification standards for use in our global operations: '� Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global certification system that provides Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management and chain of custody. Globally, FSC is effective in maintaining high conservation values and avoiding unacceptable wood fiber sources. International Paper has been a member of FSC since 2010 and continues to seek an increase in the availability of certified fiber globally. '� Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a global umbrella organization that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 100%
            "As a global company, firmly dedicated to sustainable forestry, International Paper uses third-party certification, chain-of-custody and internationally recognized forest certification standards. International Paper recognizes the following certification standards for use in our global operations: • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global certification system that provides Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management and chain of custody. Globally, FSC is effective in maintaining high conservation values and avoiding unacceptable wood fiber sources. International Paper has been a member of FSC since 2010 and continues to seek an increase in the availability of certified fiber globally. • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a global umbrella organization that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            They have now published their progress against their 2020 goals (set in 2012) and have further 2030 targets, these include that they will - "Source 100% of our fiber from sustainably managed forests or recovered fiber while safeguarding forests, watersheds and bio-diversity."[...]We continuously improve our new fiber yields and fiber reuse capacity and efficiency to create high-quality products using fewer natural resources." [...] "International Paper recognizes the following certification standards for use in our global operations: SFI®, FSC®, PEFC, ATFS andCerflor. We regularly work with fiber suppliers and landowners tosupport the procedures necessary for fiber certification."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            IP's Fiber certification 2020 vision goal states - "Progress: 44% increase in certified fiber volume; Stated Goal: Increase third-party certified fiber by 35%"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/8
          • 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 regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • 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
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 230
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
          Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            IP's Fiber certification 2020 vision goal states - "Progress: 44% increase in certified fiber volume; Stated Goal: Increase third-party certified fiber by 35%"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: "Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and standards recognized by PEFC including the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS)and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) in the United States and the Brazilian National Forest Certification Program, Certificacão Florestal (CERFLOR), in Brazil."

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Internal policy and third party - FSC

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%
            "As a global company, firmly dedicated to sustainable forestry, International Paper uses third-party certification, chain-of-custody and internationally recognized forest certification standards. International Paper recognizes the following certification standards for use in our global operations: • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global certification system that provides Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management and chain of custody. Globally, FSC is effective in maintaining high conservation values and avoiding unacceptable wood fiber sources. International Paper has been a member of FSC since 2010 and continues to seek an increase in the availability of certified fiber globally. • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a global umbrella organization that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Global Forest & Trade Network; The Nature Conservancy, WBCSD

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          IP collaborate with a number of different environmental and academic organizations, government and other key stakeholders, including WWF, The Nature Conservancy and the WBCSD - "In 2018, we joined forces with WWF to begin creating science-based targets that will identify what quantity and quality of forestland is needed for the planet, people, animals and plants to thrive. Our restoration work with WWF in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil will help determine regional science-based targets and will provide guidance that others can take."
        • 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 non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 26601 tons
          International Paper reported that they sold 26,601‬ tons of paper products in 2019.
        • 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 disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Internal assessment tool

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 Not disclosed
          "At International Paper, our global supply chain sustainability team creates and implements compliance and risk management strategies.Throughout our global supply chain, we promote:• Safe and healthy working conditions• High ethical standards• Protection of human rights and dignity• Responsible use of natural resources• Compliance with all applicable lawsAfter 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."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%
          "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: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: "Extreme cases" of non-compliance
          "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
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
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  • Commitment strength
    13/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/38
    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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