International Paper's 2020 Goals

Transparency and accountability are important elements of our sustainability commitment. We measure and report progress on 12 voluntary sustainability goals to demonstrate this commitment and guide continuous performance improvement. All goals are based on a 2010 baseline.

Our voluntary goal process is governed by our Senior Leadership Team, EHS&S Council and Sustainability Steering Team. These groups, with input from goal team leaders, goal champions and subject matter experts, can approve new targets.

Sustainability Area   Updated 2020 Goals   2013 Accomplishments from 2010 Baseline
Fiber Certification
  35% global increase in third-party-certified fiber volume.  
Surpassed our original goal of 15%, with 22.8% increase in certified fiber volume since 2010. We reset our goal to 35%.
Air Emissions
  10% reduction in pollutant emissions (SO2, NOx, PM) from aligning with our energy efficiency initiatives by 2020.  
Achieved over 15% reduction from 2010 levels.
Supply Chain
  Establish baseline supply-chain performance and implement plans to improve by 2013.  
Established baseline supply-chain performance and implemented plans to improve.
Energy Efficiency
  15% improvement in efficiency in purchased energy use by 2020.  
3.5% gain in efficiency since 2010.
GHG Emissions
  20% absolute reduction in global GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) associated with the production of our products by 2020.  
7.5% reduction since 2010.
  Accident-free workplace  
20% decrease in LIFE events over 2012.
Fiber Efficiency
  Reduce fiber loss in the manufacturing process by achieving performance of less than 0.75% fiber loss.  
Completed standardized measurement methodology and reporting format.
Water Quality
  15% reduction in mill wastewater discharges of oxygen-depleting substances (BOD) to receiving streams.  
BOD levels increased in 2013 but still remain 13% below 2010 baseline.
Water Use
  Map water usage through our manufacturing locations by 2013; develop site-specific plans by 2015 to reduce use in strategic watershed areas by 2020.  
Completed risk mapping and ranked mills by composite risk score.
Solid Waste
  Reduce manufacturing waste to landfills 30% by 2020, and ultimately to zero.  
International team analyzed data from mills across the globe and put forward aggressive new goal to reduce waste.
  15% increase in the recovery of Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) by exploring new sources and diverting usable fiber from the landfill.  
18.7% decrease in OCC.
  Measure and report on our charitable support for education, literacy and health and human services in the communities where we operate.  
Donated approximately $11.9 million to charity in 2013. Global team is working on measuring employee volunteer hours.