A Letter from Deon Vaughan
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
We Take Ethics Personally. At International Paper, we are ethical—not because we have to be, but because it’s who we are. We are committed to doing the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons—all of the time. It’s in our nature to treat people and the planet with respect. Our uncompromising ethical standards are more than good business; in fact, they are a matter of personal integrity and have been since our founding 118 years ago. We work continuously to advance our ethical culture among our employees, leaders, partners and communities wherever we do business around the world. Our corporate Code of Conduct outlines our core values of commitment, ownership, respect and excellence, providing the ethical foundation on which we build our relationships, create our products and care for the world around us. As we continue to lead our industry into the future, standing strong as catalysts of innovation, inspiration and integrity, upholding The IP Way Forward means going beyond just doing the right things; it means creating value for all stakeholders for generations to come. We do this by sustaining forests, investing in people, improving our planet, creating innovative products and delivering inspired performance.
A Commitment to Everyone. At International Paper, our vision is to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. We act in the best interest of our shareholders, the company, and each other. We avoid relationships and business dealings that might compromise the interests of those who rely on our integrity. We never give or take bribes, however small or whatever the circumstances. Our commitment to personal integrity has earned us the trust of those with whom we do business. We protect the health and safety of our employees and support the welfare of the communities in which we live and operate. We also protect our environment by investing in natural resources and managing them responsibly. Our mission is to improve people’s lives, the planet and our company’s performance by transforming renewable resources into products people depend on every day.
Global Citizenship. Whether at home or away, our employees hold to the highest standards of ethical conduct wherever they represent our company. Each of us is accountable to our corporate policies, government regulations and the laws of every country and region in which we do business. Living The IP Way Forward means we not only obey the letter of our policies and laws, but we also follow them in the spirit in which they were intended.
Respect and Dignity. A hallmark of our company is the dignity and respect with which we treat every human being. Diversity of thought, culture and background is a foundational value at International Paper, and we consider it good business. We are committed to treating our suppliers, customers and other business partners around the world with honesty and fairness, and we expect them to join us in protecting and defending human rights everywhere.
A Closer Look. Dig into this site for a closer look into the standards and values that form our ethical culture. Here, you can read our Code of Conduct or contact the HelpLine to seek guidance on our policies, report a violation or make a complaint. If you have questions about our ethics programs or need clarification about anything you see here, feel free to contact the Global Ethics and Compliance office.
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer