Sustaining Forests

Our entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. We will continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come.

International Paper is committed to making quality products and ensuring responsible stewardship of the forests that supply our wood. We have a Global Responsible Fiber Procurement Policy that states we will not knowingly accept fiber from illegally logged forests or from forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities.

Our global demand for fiber is an important economic driver for the existence of tens of millions of acres of forested land. When consumers use wood-based products, they provide a direct financial incentive for landowners to keep working forests working.

International Paper is a strong proponent of efforts to combat illegal logging and trade. As the largest procurer of fiber in the world, we are focused on preventing illegally harvested wood products from entering U.S. and global marketplaces. We support the U.S. Lacey Act, and the EU Timber Regulation, which are important laws that help combat illegal logging and prohibit trafficking of illegally harvested products while protecting the competitiveness of legally harvested trees. International Paper has worked to oppose changes that would weaken the U.S. law.

International Paper's Key Commitments

Keeping Forestland Forested
By providing a dependable market for responsibly grown fiber, we encourage landowners to manage their forestland instead of selling it for development or other non-forest uses.

Supporting Forest Ecosystems
We are committed to ensuring the health of forest ecosystems, championing responsible forest management practices and promoting third-party certification.

Maximizing Fiber Use, Recovery and Reuse
We continuously improve our new fiber yields and fiber reuse capacity and efficiency to create high-quality products using fewer natural resources.