A Letter from Steven Donovan

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

DonovanWelcome. Since the founding of our company over 100 years ago, International Paper has worked continuously to advance uncompromising ethical standards among our employees, leaders, partners and communities wherever we do business around the world. At IP, we are committed to doing the right thing, in the right way and for the right reasons, every time we make a decision. Our corporate Code of Conduct outlines our core values of commitment, ownership, respect and excellence, providing us with the ethical foundation on which we build our relationships, create our products and care for the world around us. Living by these values is the IP Way, and it comes naturally to us.

Our Commitment. At International Paper, we are committed to doing what is in the best interest of our shareholders, the company, and each other.  We protect the health and safety of our employees and support the welfare of the communities in which we operate. We have an unflinching commitment to personal integrity, earning us the trust of everyone who does business with us. 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.

Taking Ownership. Our employees always uphold the highest ethical standards of conduct on the job. We consider ourselves individually accountable to our company policies and the laws of every land in which we do business.  Because our employees are proud to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the laws that apply to our business, they are distinguished in our industry as leaders in ethical decision-making.

Respect and Dignity. A hallmark of our company is the dignity and respect with which we treat every human being. We believe that the vast diversity of thought, culture and background among our employees enhances our business and is critical to our success.  We deal fairly and honestly with suppliers, customers and other business partners, and we protect human rights around the world.  We also respect and protect our environment by investing in our natural resources and managing them responsibly. Our goal is to improve the world now and for generations to come by using renewable resources to make products that people depend on every day.

Uncompromising Excellence. We pride ourselves on operational excellence, pursuing quality in all the products we make and everything we do. We are committed to accuracy and accountability in all of our transactions and records. We exercise integrity when managing the information and assets that are at the heart of our business. What is more, we also protect the resources of others by treating them with propriety, demonstrating our commitment to ethical excellence.

Using this Site. This site will tell you more about our ethical standards and values, and I hope you will take some time to look through it. Here, you can access our updated Code of Conduct or contact the HelpLine to report a violation or make a complaint.  To learn more about our core values and how they form the fabric of our culture at International Paper, or if you see something that troubles you and want clarification, feel free to contact the Global Ethics and Compliance office.

Steve Donovan
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer