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International Paper released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled Connections that Matter, revealing progress against its voluntary sustainability goals and highlighting collaborations that advance sustainability throughout the life cycle of its products.

By working closely with employees, customers, suppliers and communities, International Paper has made strong progress in a number of areas, including:

  • A 14 percent reduction in criteria emissions from 2010 levels, exceeding the company’s reduction goal of 10 percent by 2020;
  • The announcement of a new goal to reduce manufacturing waste to landfills 30 percent by 2020 and ultimately aim to achieve zero waste;
  • A 20 percent reduction in year-over-year life-changing injuries, reflecting International Paper’s commitment to an accident-free workplace; and,
  • The announcement of a new, higher target for third-party-certified fiber purchases of 35 percent globally by 2020.

The report also highlights International Paper’s collaborations with prominent non-governmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Global Forest & Trade Network and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In 2013, International Paper continued its collaborative model to help sustain the economic and environmental benefits of working forests. Efforts included:

  • Granting more than $725,000 in three U.S. regions, resulting in on-the-ground work on the Forestland Stewards Initiative, an International Paper partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation;
  • Working with 43 landowners to certify an additional 67,000 acres of forestland through the Forest Stewardship Council™ group certification program; and,
  • Introducing a Supplier Code of Conduct to more than 40,000 U.S. suppliers, furthering International Paper’s sustainable forestry goals and other sustainability objectives.

The report details progress against International Paper’s 2020 sustainability goals which were initially set in 2010 and span eight impact areas: energy efficiency, air emissions, safety, waste, water, fiber, supply chain and philanthropy.

To view the complete report online or to order a hard copy, please visit

Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News