Diversity and Inclusion

Engaging. Accepting. Celebrating.

Making a Global Commitment

Our vision is to embrace a diverse workforce and create an inclusive culture, ensuring that every work environment exemplifies respect and dignity for each individual. Our mission is cultivating teams with different viewpoints and backgrounds driving towards a common vision. The diversity and inclusion model defines how we bring our vision and mission to life through the four cornerstones: 

  • Build Diverse Teams
  • Engage and Develop All Talent
  • Demonstrate Inclusive Teams
  • Leverage Diversity

The driving force behind this evolution is the realization that genuinely valuing inclusion and diverse ideas results in a better work environment where diversity is valued and encouraged, prompting a heightened level of collaboration and innovation that results in better business performance.

Diversity is everything that makes an individual unique such as backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, preferences, values and beliefs.

Inclusion is the proactive, intentional and ongoing behaviors that create a sense of belonging, where each person is valued and respected.  A sense of belonging drives discretionary effort and long term business success.


International Paper Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

Diversity matters because winning requires teams with different viewpoints and backgrounds driving toward a common vision. These teams make better decisions and create better solutions. When individuals trust one another and know their viewpoints matter, commitment follows.

Creating an Inclusive Culture

D&I LogoWe've put into place many programs to help our employees learn and thrive. Key focus areas include: diversity education and training; mentoring programs; forums and focus groups on diversity-related topics.  In addition, our Chairman’s Diversity Council is a representative group of senior leaders who develop and support a strategy to create and maintain a culturally rich and competent organization. Since the council was formed in 2001, many individuals have participated in creating the vision for diversity at International Paper and fulfilling the mission.  The journey has been both exciting and rewarding as a result of the efforts and foundation laid by past council members.

Mentoring Boards

Our mentoring boards allow interested employees to share cultural perspectives related to the workplace. All employees are welcome to join our three mentoring groups:

  • African American
  • Hispanic and Latino
  • Women in IP

The boards are designed to capitalize on the energy, passion and experiences of employees to improve both individual and company performance. Mentoring leaders share knowledge and encouragement to help members with personal and professional development. We consistently look at opportunities to add mentoring boards where there is a significant level of employee interest.

Inclusion Forums

Inclusion Forums are held twice a year for leaders with the goal of building diversity and inclusion champions, enhancing our ability to attract and retain the right talent in the right jobs and establishing consistent inclusive leadership skills. Forum topics include:

  • Diversity awareness  
  • Workforce trends
  • Diversity dialogues
  • Managing diversity and communication style
  • Morale and workgroup cohesiveness
  • Generational diversity and unconscious bias
  • Inclusion through engagement 

Inclusion fosters full participation and helps us leverage the diversity of our employees, engaging them and encouraging collaboration.  We are committed to creating inclusive work environments that accept the open exchange of ideas and are free of cultural barriers.

Through the power of people, we will succeed with customers, and deliver operational excellence to achieve our goal of making International Paper one of the best companies worldwide.

How can we help you?

International Paper is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by law.

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