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2013 Sustainability Report

International Paper’s most recent Sustainability Report tells a strong story about IP’s sustainability progress during 2013 and early 2014. A key driver of the company’s progress results from the numerous and valuable connections our colleagues have across the lifecycle of our products; Connections that we are creating with our teams, customers, suppliers, communities and other valuable stakeholders.

Click here to view International Paper's 2013 online Sustainability Report--Connections that Matter 

As you read through this report, you will see the sustainability results our company has achieved in leveraging our talented team of 70,000 individuals around the world. Here are some key report highlights:

  • IP achieved major progress on several of our 2020 goals. Specifically we exceeded and then increased our goal on third-party fiber certification; we exceeded our goal for criteria air emission reductions.
  • We have achieved a 5.8 percent decrease in GHG emissions as well as a 14 percent reduction in other air emissions over our 2010 baseline levels. We also announced our manufacturing waste goal to reduce waste to landfills by 30 percent.
  • IP is committed to keeping working forests working and to telling the environmental and economic benefits of that story more broadly. We work to protect and conserve forest resources, promote responsible forest management practices, and encourage third-party certification. IP demonstrated that in 2013 more than $725,000 in grants distributed in three U.S. regions that is resulting in on-the-ground work in our Forestland Stewards Initiative-- a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
  • IP forged alliances with strategic organizations including: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its Forest Solutions Group; (NFWF); the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest and Trade Network, which seeks to end illegal logging and promote responsible forestry; and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to significantly increase tons of FSC-certified wood fiber in the U.S.
  • The role of senior level goal champions was critical in moving forward on sustainability initiatives to meet our goals during the year.