Kinko's Creates Forest-Based Products Policy
Dallas, TX— Kinko’s, Inc. announced a new
forest-based product procurement policy incorporating a strict set of
vendor requirements and establishing a central set of recycled content
standards. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has hailed Kinko’s new
policy as one of the most effective and meaningful policies put in place
by a company to help protect endangered forests and end old growth destruction.
The policy is part of Kinko’s longstanding commitment
to environmental stewardship and was developed with input from prominent
environmental groups and suppliers, including RAN and International Paper
“Kinko’s new policy extends our commitment
to ensuring we use forest-based products efficiently and we continue to
increase the recycled content of the paper and wood products we purchase.
It will also ensure that, when we must use virgin materials, they originate
from well-managed, non-endangered forests,” said Gary Kusin, Kinko’s
president and chief executive officer.
“Kinko’s new forest-based products policy
continues the company’s trend of strong environmental leadership.
Six years ago, Kinko’s was one of America’s first companies
to prohibit the use of paper from old growth forests. Today, Kinko’s
has taken the additional steps of increasing recycling standards and setting
strict guidelines to ensure its suppliers can guarantee that they are
not engaged in the destruction of old growth and endangered forests, conversion
of native forests, or using genetically modified trees,” said Christopher
Hatch, executive director for RAN.