Sustaining Forests

A source of livelihood for millions, forests store carbon, purify drinking water and provide habitat for wildlife. They also enable us to make products people depend on every day. At International Paper, our entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. We will continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to promote healthy ecosystems for generations to come.

We are taking action to ensure a sustainable future for our forests. We work with landowners to advance responsible forest management practices and increase the availability of certified fiber. We also work with conservation organizations to support healthy forest ecosystems, enhance ecologically important areas, and conserve and restore forests worldwide. Most importantly, our fiber sourcing policies and practices support our commitment to protecting forests. We source fiber from responsibly managed forests to protect them for current and future generations.

We do not knowingly accept fiber from illegally logged forests or from forests where management practices threaten high conservation values. We work to prevent illegally harvested wood products from entering global marketplaces by supporting the U.S. Lacey Act and the European Union Timber Regulation. These laws help address illegal logging and prohibit trafficking of illegally harvested products — while protecting the competitiveness of legally harvested trees.

International Paper's Key Commitments

Keeping Forestland Forested
We recognize that encouraging responsible stewardship is one of the keys to protecting global forestlands and ensuring a sustainable supply of wood fiber for our business needs.

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.