International Paper leverages the vast experience and diversity of our employees to operate our global manufacturing system with excellence. Through our commitment to continuous and deliberate improvement, all of our team members are working to make International Paper the best manufacturing company in the world.
International Paper operates 41 paper mills worldwide. We have the best people in the industry and we have always sought to operate our facilities efficiently, safely and in a manner that minimizes impact on the environment. That’s why our facilities are recognized as among the best in the world.
Beginning in 2014, International Paper launched a new organizational framework in facilities around the globe to take our manufacturing performance to a new level.
Our Global Manufacturing System (GMS) is a carefully selected set of our best practices organized into a single system that every facility will implement over the next three years. Once fully implemented, the GMS will drive our results further and faster by leveraging the efficiency of proven best practices and allow for more sustainable change as we identify even better ways of operating.
LIFE, at International Paper, means something more than the obvious. LIFE stands for “life-changing injury and fatality elimination,” and it’s our comprehensive, company-wide program about taking safety performance to the next level to eliminate the serious life-changing injuries and fatalities that occur in our workplace.
Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. We safeguard our surroundings, but our key focus is safety leadership and employee engagement. When we empower our employees to make the right decisions and look to leaders to set the right examples, we see the results of making safety a core value at International Paper.
International Paper defines safety leadership as valuing people, leading by example and empowering employees. It is a fundamental competency of overall leadership in IP. These are the critical components of safety leadership, and are necessary in the development of a culture of safety that puts the wellbeing of everyone in our facilities above everything else.
Safety at IP is about creating a culture that refuses to accept anything less than zero injuries. Across our enterprise, in every facility, every day, we expect our employees to drive that safety culture so that everyone can go home safely at the end of the day. Because no pound of paper is worth an injury, we take safety more seriously than anything we do.