U.S. Policy Issues

0:00 / 0:00

Workforce Development

As a leading U.S. manufacturer, International Paper supports efforts at the state and federal level to implement workforce programs that address career and technical education opportunities. These programs must train students with the critical technical skills sought by local employers. The need for greater state and national investment in the technical skills of the American workforce is more pressing than ever.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information.

U.S. Postal Reform 

Approximately 500 million boxes made by International Paper are delivered by the USPS annually. As a leading U.S. manufacturer of paper and packaging products, International Paper supports a healthy, vibrant United States Postal Service (USPS) because of its impact on the paper and packaging industry and our customers. Ensuring service standards and the predictability and stability of postage rates are critical components of postal reform. The USPS must remain competitive and a trusted choice for Americans and businesses who rely on its essential services.

Contact Phillip Fordham for more information.


Did you know that International Paper is one of the world’s largest recyclers? To that end, we are focused on ensuring that legislation does not hinder our ability to collect, market or use recycled materials.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information.

Paper Bag Bans and Fees

International Paper believes that paper bags are an environmental success story, and clearly differentiated from plastic bags. Paper bags are renewable, compostable, recyclable and reusable, with a great end of life story.  An increasing number of state and local governments are introducing legislation that would ban plastic or paper bags, or put significant fees on our product. We feel this effort to include paper bags is unnecessary and does not reflect the advantages of paper over plastic to consumers and unfairly affects their choices and pocketbooks.