IP publishes 2021 Sustainability Report

As a leading producer of renewable fibre-based packaging and pulp products, International Paper recognises its impacts and dependencies on natural and human capital, and its responsibility to promote the health of people and our planet.

“Our dependence on natural resources has helped cultivate our respect for environmental stewardship,” said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO, International Paper. “Today, our commitment to sustainability is much broader — it encompasses planet, people and our company’s performance. It is a source of pride for our employees and it’s integrated into how we work every day.”

Highlights of IP’s 2021 Sustainability Report include:

  • Healthy and Abundant Forests: 66% fibre came from sources that were verified as meeting the company’s Healthy and Abundant Forests Goal;
  • Sustainable Operations: 35% greenhouse gas reduction target approved by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), placing International Paper among the first North American pulp and paper producers to receive approval;
  • Renewable Solutions: 5m tons of recovered fibre used each year;
  • Thriving People and Communities: 13.6m people positively impacted through IP’s community engagement programs.

Additionally, this year, to better understand climate risks and resiliency management, and determine the best way to monitor, measure and address those risks, International Paper reported pursuant to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations for the first time. The company intends to continue to report against this framework on an annual basis.

International Paper also responds to CDP’s Climate Change, Forest and Water Security questionnaires to transparently disclose risks and opportunities in those core areas of sustainability.

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