Employees - Attraction & Retention

Employee Attraction & Retention

International Paper’s talented employee base comprises 70,000 engineering, manufacturing, sales and business support professionals spanning five continents. At International Paper, we foster an inclusive work environment with a focus on employee well-being and enhanced performance. Our global team is united around International Paper’s vision to be one of the most respected and successful companies in the world.

International Paper’s Recruit Engage Align College Hires (REACH) Program is designed to attract talented U.S. college graduates to join our team. The REACH program integrates a core curriculum into the work experience for new hires, providing access to industry experts who help them improve their skills and knowledge on processes and equipment. The success of our program has grown as a result of attracting and hiring more talented engineering graduates every year: Over the last three years, International Paper hired more than 230 engineers, 47 percent of whom were women and minorities. In 2013, we hired 72 engineers.

Bloomberg Article Highlights Young Female Engineer

Lauren Scallon, an environmental engineer at our Orange, Texas facility, was recently highlighted in an article on Bloomberg.com, titled “International Paper Drafts Women in Talent War.” Lauren chose International Paper instead of NASA after working for two semesters and two summers at the agency. At International Paper, she helps manage inventory as a project-improvement engineer in the finished products section.

Lauren Scallon
“I really like manufacturing and that fast-paced environment. I felt there would be a lot of opportunity for growth a lot faster at International Paper.” Lauren Scallon, Environmental Engineer

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Diversity Awards

REACH manager Terri Creech and zone general manager Derrick Pratt personify International Paper's drive for diversity and inclusion. Terri's work to recruit diverse new engineers earned her a Chairman's Diversity Council (CDC) Impact Award; Derrick was recognized as a diversity thought leader as a result of strong work in creating a more productive and inclusive workplace.

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Partnerships That Work: International Paper Joins the White House Labor Management Summit

International Paper was selected to participate in the White House Labor Management Summit. Together with union, business and government leaders such as U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, the summit focused on major labor management agreements, showing the potential for unions and employers to work together to improve competitiveness, productivity and quality. The summit highlighted recent collective bargaining successes that demonstrate the value of labor-management cooperation.