Risks & Opportunities

As part of managing our business, we regularly assess global mega-trends and the associated business risks and opportunities. This helps International Paper sustain its business, protect and conserve the environment and support communities where we operate as well as the greater global community. Evaluation of these factors also guides our continuous performance improvement goals.

Key Trends   Impact on IP's Business
Environmental Awareness
  • Government environmental regulation
  • Products with lower environmental impact
  • Code of conduct and business ethics
  • Responsible procurement
  • Responsible investment policies
Resource Availability
  • Sustainable forestry and ongoing supply of wood fiber
  • Fiber supply
  • Water use and protection
  • Energy availability and its environmental impact
Human Capital
  • Workforce recruitment/ retention
  • Social equity concerns
  • Employee health and wellness
  • Changes in consumer patterns
  • Loss of forest land to agriculture, urban development
Public Policy Changes
  • Climate-related legislation and regulation
  • Energy consumption, operational efficiency
  • Environmental management
  • Products with lower environmental impact