SUSTAINABILITY

WE BELIEVE
SUSTAINABILITY MAKES
GOOD BUSINESS SENSE.

our commitment to sustainability goes
beyond the trees and encompasses our whole
supply chain—from fiber procurement to
operations and products.

SUSTAINABILITY

Goal setting is simply another step in International Paper’s sustainability journey to improve operations, engage our employees, align with suppliers and meet customers’ sustainability needs.

SUSTAINABILITY

For more than 100 years, International Paper has focused on stewardship of the forests. Our business relies on healthy forests, so we work hard to ensure our fiber supply comes from responsibly managed land. The forest products industry creates an economic driver for the existence of millions of acres of forestland—in fact, more than 500 million acres of working forests in the U.S., which is a landmass roughly three times the state of Texas. However, at International Paper, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the trees and encompasses our whole supply chain—from fiber procurement, operations and products—to our communities, employees and suppliers.

In 2012, International Paper announced 12 voluntary sustainability goals to be achieved by 2020. The voluntary 2020 goals touch on all aspects of our contribution to sustainable development—and they represent our public commitment to sustainability improvement. By making our goals public, it holds us accountable for our progress. The driving notion behind our goals is continuously improving our global footprint, promoting a safe workplace and a healthy natural environment. We understand that our global presence helps us influence change for the good and we embrace that opportunity wholeheartedly.

We also acknowledge that we have placed ourselves on a tough but familiar path: one of continuous, deliberate improvement. This is a familiar notion, one that we have associated with our financial performance for a long time. We realize sustainability is a journey—a journey that requires open, honest dialogue—and one that likely doesn’t have an end point. We are committed to the path forward and to sharing our progress along the way. For more information regarding our achievements in 2012, please see our 2012 Sustainability Report released May 2013.

At International Paper, we are a company dedicated to making a positive difference in people’s lives. In The IP Way—which provides a common philosophy to articulate who we are, what we stand for and what’s important—we commit to sustaining our world and driving for continued results. Our pursuit of, and progress toward, our 2020 goals realistically ensures that as our products make a positive difference around the world, we also help to create a better tomorrow.


2020 VOLUNTARY SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

SUSTAINABILITY AREA

 

 

2020 GOAL

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 

 

15% improvement of energy efficiency in purchased energy use by 2020

GHG EMISSIONS

 

 

20% absolute reduction in global GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) associated with the production of our products by 2020

SAFETY

 

 

Accident-free workplace

FIBER CERTIFICATION

 

 

15% global increase in third-party certified fiber volume

FIBER EFFICIENCY

 

 

Reduce fiber loss in the manufacturing process by achieving world-class performance of less than 0.75% fiber loss

AIR EMISSIONS

 

 

10% reduction in criteria pollutant emissions (SO2, NOX, PM) by aligning with our energy efficiency initiatives by 2020

WATER QUALITY

 

 

15% reduction in mill wastewater discharges of oxygen depleting substances (BOD, COD) to receiving streams

WATER USE

 

 

Map water usage through our manufacturing locations by 2013; develop site specific plans by 2015 in strategic watershed areas to reduce use by 2020

SOLID WASTE

 

 

15% increase in the recovery of Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) by exploring new sources and diverting useable fiber from the landfill

Assess options to reduce the generation and disposal of manufacturing waste from our processes by 2013; develop site specific plans by 2015 to support an enterprise reduction goal for 2020

SUPPLY CHAIN

 

 

Establish baseline supply chain performance and implement plans to improve by 2013

PHILANTHROPY

 

 

Measure and report on our charitable support for education, literacy and health and human services in the communities where we operate

     

All goals are from a 2010 baseline