How we measure success:
We recognize that stewardship is as much about People as it is about Planet, and we believe that investments in our people and communities are investments in our success.
Our approach to employee well-being begins with safety. Above all else, it is our highest responsibility. We are committed to achieving zero injuries for employees and contractors. Our safety target is non-negotiable and is a shared responsibility: We look out for each other to ensure everyone returns home safely every day.
Our community engagement and giving strategy mobilizes our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. We can improve our communities by improving the lives of the people in our communities. We implement initiatives to address our signature causes — education, hunger, health and wellness, and disaster relief — through a combination of locally driven support, grant funding and national and global collaborations.
Our diversity and inclusion framework—Workforce, Workplace, Marketplace—embraces diversity within our workforce and across our supply chain. Our comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy drives our efforts to develop our employees’ capabilities, ensure diverse talent pools, improve retention and increase engagement. Paired with our training and development programs, we aim to create a culture where all individuals are valued, engaged and contributing to our success.
We have the courage to care
We recognize the importance of strategic collaboration to make meaningful progress across our value chain.
International Paper supports Red Cross disaster relief programs around the world. We are also a national Annual Disaster Giving Program member of the American Red Cross.
Arbor Day Foundation
We joined forces with the Arbor Day Foundation to strengthen the resilience of communities through the Community Tree Recovery Program – a public and private partnership that distributes free trees to residents in communities affected by natural disaster. Through the program, we also support the restoration of forestland impacted by natural disasters.
As one of 17 founding members of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Evergreen Alliance, International Paper champions the Time for Trees initiative. The initiative leverages trees as a simple, natural climate solution, improves community resilience and helps preserve clean air and water, healthy food and a livable climate.
Celebrate Planet Earth
International Paper works in cooperation with Celebrate Planet Earth to distribute butterfly kits and sunflower kits to classrooms around the country. The kits provide caterpillars, butterfly houses, sunflower seed packets, take-home activities and a teacher’s guide with complete instructions for kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.
The Global FoodBanking Network
International Paper is working with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) to expand child-focused programming to feed food insecure and undernourished children in Canada, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Spain. In just one year, funding is expected to provide more than 2.4 million pounds of surplus food to more than 100,000 hungry and malnourished children so they can start their day prepared to learn and thrive.
Reading is Fundamental
International Paper supports Reading is Fundamental through their Books for Ownership program, which gives age-appropriate books to first-graders in school districts where our employees live and work, so they can begin building their own home libraries.
International Paper annually conducts more than 80 local United Way campaigns in the U.S. and Canada, enabling employees to donate to their communities in a meaningful way. International Paper matches employee donations by 60 cents on the dollar. In addition to financial pledges, employee volunteers participate in a variety of United Way Days of Caring projects.