American Forest & Paper Honors International Paper

by | Dec 18, 2023 | Industry News

The American Forest & Paper Association announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Sustainability Award winners. The awards recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in paper and wood products manufacturing.

International Paper was honored to receive a Leadership in Sustainability Award for Resilient U.S. Forests for its innovative approach to promote forest bird awareness and conservation within the forest product supply chain in partnership with the American Bird Conservancy.

“We are honored by AF&PA’s recognition of our efforts in partnership with the American Bird Conservancy,” said Sophie Beckham, vice president and chief sustainability officer for IP. “This partnership has given us the opportunity to work with landowners, suppliers, conservationists, and bird specialists to support wildlife diversity in the landscapes from which we source fiber.”

International Paper and the conservancy formalized a multi-year partnership in 2020 with the goal of integrating bird conservation into IP’s fiber procurement operations. This partnership advances IP’s commitment to sustaining forests and reversing the decline of forest birds.

Given the scale and scope of IP’s operations, this partnership brought together IP’s strengths and expertise in fiber procurement and the conservancy’s expertise in bird conservation to contribute to reversing population declines in forest birds.

“Our sustainability awards are outstanding examples of our goals in action,” said AF&PA president and CEO Heidi Brock. “We received our highest number of sustainability awards applications to date. We are so pleased to present these awards and deeply value the innovative work being done across our industry to advance safety, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Better Practices, Better Planet is one of the longest standing sustainability initiatives for a U.S. manufacturing industry. The program was established more than a decade ago.

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