CEO Leadership Statement - June 8, 2006
The global forest products industry is a diverse industry that contributes to the economic development and social well-being of rural and urban communities world-wide. The industry is taking the challenge of sustainable development seriously, through action to improve forest management practices, combat illegal logging and improve environmental management practices. With renewable natural products that are sustainably produced and recyclable and strong sustainability practices that the sector is constantly striving to better, the forest products industry is working together to be a global leader in sustainability. This will be achieved by combining strong economic performance with sound environmental management and attention to the social conditions where we work.
As global leaders in the forest products industry, we recognize our roles and responsibilities in promoting sustainability. We are committed to continuously improve our sustainability performance through action in all relevant areas, including the following:
Promoting Sustainable Forest Management World-wide
We support the principles of sustainable forest management (SFM) and are committed to managing forests accordingly. To this end, we strongly support the development of forest certification systems and other mechanisms to promote SFM and improve forest management on the ground. We support the extension of SFM certification systems to all nations, as an assurance that forest products are being produced sustainably from forests managed to the highest standards. We believe that sustainable use of both natural and plantation forests will enable the world to meet its growing needs.
We endorse certification systems that have the following characteristics:
- Conforming with generally accepted rules applicable to certification and accreditation;
- Consistent with internationally-recognised SFM criteria;
- Employing a third-party independent certification process;
- Developed and implemented in a transparent manner with input from stakeholders;
- Promoting continuous improvement.
Combating Illegal logging
We strongly oppose the practice of illegal logging, which contributes to deforestation and undermines the viability of legally harvested and traded products world-wide. We encourage the development of laws and regulations, as well as effective government monitoring, enforcement and assessment of forests, which are necessary to counteract illegal logging and trade of illegally harvested wood. We recognize the importance of poverty alleviation in combatting illegal logging and support government initiatives to promote and advance sustainable forest management and the conservation of designated protected areas. Building on its expertise and resources, the industry is committed to do its part to prevent illegal logging, using a variety of tools, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Environment Management System (EMS), responsible purchasing policies for its inputs, tracking/tracing systems, forest certification, codes of conduct, company sustainability reporting, independent third party auditing and certification.
Fibre use and recovery
Recovered paper and wood provide an essential and complementary source of fibre to meet society’s needs for paper, board, packaging and wood products. The industry supports and encourages the recovery of pre- and post-consumer paper and wood products. The industry is committed to work with various stakeholders to increase recovery rates and invest in technology to increase recycled fibre input into modern paper and wood products, thus optimizing the use of wood as raw material.
We are committed to ensuring that our activities respect the environment, and maintain and improve the resources on which our industry depends. We will comply with all regulatory requirements and apply environmental management systems to continuously improve the environmental practices and performance in our operations, including continuing to reduce the use of water and energy in our industrial activities.
Creating solutions to global climate change and energy supply challenges
The global forest products industry is strongly committed to meeting the challenges of climate change. Trees, wood and paper products are uniquely renewable and recyclable resources that help reduce greenhouse gasses by storing CO2 from the atmosphere. We believe that fibre from sustainably managed forests makes a positive contribution to the world’s future energy supply. The industry is committed to innovative energy solutions that will increase efficiency, reduce reliance on fossil fuel and expand the use of renewable energy sources.
Investing in workers and communities
We are committed to maintaining a safe work environment and improving our health and safety standards and practices. We are committed to train our workforce to improve their skills and capacities. We will contribute to the economic and social well-being of our workers and the communities where we operate. We are committed to engaging with key stakeholders and interest groups, and with indigenous and other communities where we operate, in an open and respectful manner.
How We Will Work Together
We are committed to work through our national and regional associations to continue to develop and put in place meaningful sustainability initiatives which support these commitments.
The elements of effective sustainability initiatives are:
- Common principles
- Member companies’ commitment to act on the principles
- Communication of progress through public reporting
- Engagement of key stakeholders in dialogue and partnerships
- Support for implementation through best practice guidance
The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) will report on and highlight the progress of its member associations’ national and regional initiatives.
This statement was signed at the 2nd ICFPA International CEO Roundtable by 93 CEOs of forest products companies and presidents of forest products associations from 25 countries. This is the initial launch of the commitment document and it is expected that other companies and associations will sign on over the coming months. Today’s meeting was organized under the auspices of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations. A list of companies and associations that are signatories to the global statement is attached.
Alphabetical list of Signatories
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
American Forest and Paper Association
Anthony Forest Products Company
Australian Plantation and Paper Industry Council
Boise Cascade, LLC
Bracelpa (Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association)
Buckey Technologies, Inc.
Cartiera del Maglio
Cartiera Lucchese Spa
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. (Arauco)
Cham Paper Group
Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)
Crown Forestry Group
Finnish Forest Industries Federation
Forest Products Association of Canada
Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
Gulf States Paper Corporation
Hancock Land Co.
India Paper Manufacturers’ Association
Korea Paper Manufacturers' Association
Myllykoski North America
Nippon Paper Group, Inc
NZ Forest Owners’ Association
Oji Paper Co., Ltd.
Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH
Paper Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
Port Blakely Companies
Sicem Saga Spa
Seaman Paper Company of Massacheusetts
Smurfit Cartón de Colombia SA
Smurfit Kappa Group
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation
SP Newsprint Company
Suzano Paper e Celulose
Swedish Forest Industries Federation
Thai Pulp & Paper Industry Association
The Siam Pulp and Paper Public Company Limited
Updated: June 28, 2007