Chain of Custody Certification

Chain of Custody Certification

Certification of International Paper’s operations to internationally recognized Chain of Custody (CoC) standards verifies that we have the policies, systems and procedures in place to track wood fiber from the forest, through the manufacturing and converting processes, and on to customers.

As customer demand for certified products has grown, International Paper not only has increased the availability of certified products, we have become a global leader in CoC certification. All of our pulp and paper mills and many of our converting operations are now CoC-certified to one or more recognized standards. In addition, all xpedx warehouses and U.S. Foodservice plants are CoC-certified to FSC®, PEFC and SFI® standards.

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International Paper France Works to Educate Customers and Landowners on Responsible Forest Management

Our stewardship efforts actively address the environmental, social and economic values of forests. One example of how International Paper is educating employees, customers and other stakeholders about forest stewardship comes from an employee-led initiative at our Saillat Mill in France: The mill, managed by Phillippe D’Adhemar, constructed an educational forest trail, tracking International Paper’s role from tree to paper, and highlighting key aspects of forest management. Trail walkers can learn about the forest ecosystem and harvesting techniques used to ensure forest health. This exciting project was completed in March 2014.

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IP Supports Responsible Forestry with World Wildlife Fund Relationship

In 2013, International Paper joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Global Forest & Trade Network North America (GFTN-NA), a WWF initiative focused on eliminating illegal logging and promoting environmentally and socially responsible forest management. Our participation in the GFTN-NA is aligned with our internal goal of increasing fiber certification. This initiative complements our Responsible Fiber Sourcing Policy and our longstanding efforts to promote legal and sustainable forest management around the world. The initial scope of International Paper’s participation in the GFTN includes fiber sourced for our North American and Brazilian mills, representing more than two-thirds of our global fiber volume. For more information on GFTN see www.gftn.panda.org.

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Poplar plantation showcases sustainable innovation in Poland

International Paper’s poplar plantations in Poland set the example for responsible fiber sourcing. The plantations consist of fast-growing varieties of poplar trees that are intended to provide pulpwood and biomass for energy. Our plantation program was recognized by the Polish Minister of the Environment as a sustainable innovation in fiber sourcing and as a model of successful collaboration among farmers, government and industry within the European Union. The tree plantations — which are established on agricultural land — provide environmental benefits, create new sources of revenue for farmers and facilitate our compliance with environmental legislation.

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Pioneering India Farm Forestry: IP India

Farm forestry is the cultivation of sourced plantations, usually on former agricultural land. International Paper APPM established a farm forestry program in 1989, working with local farmers to plant casuarina, leucanea and eucalyptus seedlings. The program has enabled farmers in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of Andhra Pradesh to cultivate forest plantations on their land. From 1989 to 2013, more than 1 billion seedlings were distributed to approximately 48,000 beneficiaries, allowing the planting of over 390,000 acres. In addition to creating a secure fiber supply for IP India, the program has significant benefits to the agrarian economy. The involvement of previously marginalized women in farm forestry, the employment of landless laborers and the sale of wood are some of the benefits that have resulted in noticeable improvement in the economic status and quality of life of the farming community.

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RPPN Forest Park SÃo Marcelo

In December 2013, International Paper celebrated 10 years of conservation and collaboration through our Private Reserve of Natural Heritage (RPPN), in São Marcelo, Brazil. The celebration included attendees from environmental and governmental entities, who learned about plant and animal life, environmental legislation and public policies. Encompassing 460 acres, the RPPN São Marcelo Forest Park engages in ongoing conservation and protection of soil and water resources. RPPN also contributes to the development of scientific research and educational outreach.

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China Green Foundation

In 2013, IP Asia, led by IP China President Cecilia Ho, supported reforestation in the Jinshanling area near Beijing in partnership with the China Green Foundation. Our donation supported the planting of additional seedlings, which will help mitigate the impacts of sandstorms common to the region. It was the fourth consecutive year we have supported this project.