A Letter from Megan Bula

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Megan BulaOur Core Values. At International Paper, we do the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons, all of the time—this is The IP Way. 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. Our core values—safety, ethics and stewardship—are the foundation for our behavior.

Ethics at Our Core. One way we demonstrate we are a responsible corporate citizen is to uphold high ethical standards. We take great pride in operating our businesses with transparency, honesty and personal integrity—every day. We honor both the spirit and the letter of the law in the places where we do business across the globe. These are among the many reasons that International Paper embraces ethics as a core value.

Being ethical takes work. We work continuously to promote an ethical culture and we provide tools and education to our employees and partners to ensure that we can fulfill our commitment to doing things The IP Way. Our Code of Conduct provides common standards to follow so we act consistently and with integrity in all of our business dealings. We expect each employee, officer and member of our board of directors to uphold the standards and expectations defined in the Code. We also expect third parties with whom we do business to comply with our Third Party Code of Conduct, which is based on the principles of the Code.

We Lead with Integrity. Throughout the globe, we are committed to treating suppliers, customers, business partners and each other with honesty and fairness. We are responsible stewards of people, communities, resources, capital and the environment. Our integrity has earned us respect and the trust of customers, investors and the communities where we operate.

Each of us is accountable for compliance with government regulations and standards everywhere we conduct business. We take care to avoid relationships and business dealings that might compromise our values and integrity. We do not give or take bribes no matter the size or circumstances. Moreover, our employees uphold the highest ethical conduct in their representation of International Paper.

We protect the dignity, health, safety and welfare of our co-workers, business partners and communities, and our actions extend to the rest of the globe. We value and demonstrate respect for people and the planet in everything we do. Above all, we value every individual. We embrace diversity of thought, culture and background of our employees, partners and neighbors.

A Transparent and Open Ethical Culture. I invite you to explore this site to learn more about our ethical standards. Here, you will find the Code of Conduct and the Third Party Code of Conduct. You can also access a link to communicate with the Global Ethics and Compliance office. If we are not living up to The IP Way, we want you to speak up! On this site, you can also link directly to our HelpLine, which is a mechanism to report or follow up on a previously reported concern. International Paper takes all reports seriously and we do not tolerate retaliation against those that raise good-faith concerns about unlawful or unethical conduct. 

Megan Bula
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer