International Paper Joins World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network

International Paper Joins World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network

Participation Builds on Commitment to Sustainable Forest Management

PR Newswire

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper has joined
the Global Forest & Trade Network in North America (GFTN), one of World
Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s initiatives focused on eliminating illegal logging and
promoting environmentally and socially responsible forest management.
International Paper joins a network of more than 200 companies and communities
around the globe committed to the responsible forest management and sourcing
of forest products.

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"We have long been committed to responsible forestry everywhere we operate,
and collaborating with WWF is an excellent way to demonstrate and grow that
commitment," said Teri Shanahan, International Paper's vice president,
Sustainability. The initial scope of International Paper's participation in
GFTN will encompass fiber sourced for the company's North American and
Brazilian mills, representing more than two thirds of its global fiber volume.

"By joining GFTN and increasing its sourcing of credibly certified fiber,
International Paper – as the world's largest paper and packaging company –
can use its purchasing power to drive improvements in responsible forestry
around the globe," said Suzanne Apple, vice president of Business and Industry
for WWF. "This kind of leadership is critical to conserving the places and
species we are working so hard to protect."

In the U.S., International Paper has increased its sourcing of Forest
Stewardship Council certified fiber by more than 1.2 million tons over the
past five years, and expects to triple that increase by the end of 2014.
While IP supports multiple certification standards, the company has developed
a highly successful model for increasing its supply of FSC-certified fiber in
the Southeastern United States. In Brazil, International Paper's operations
source approximately 75 percent of its pulp wood from FSC-certified sources.

As a GFTN participant, International Paper will release an updated global
fiber sourcing policy, which can be viewed at
International Paper announced a set of voluntary goals in 2012, including one
focused on increasing 3^rd-party certified wood fiber by 15% by 2020.
Participation in GFTN aligns well with this goal, as the company implements an
action plan toward achieving its 2020 target. In addition, International
Paper will support WWF's efforts to protect forests holding particular value
for their biodiversity, landscape and socio-economic benefits. International
Paper is committed to chain-of-custody certification, providing additional
assurance that wood products from certified and responsibly managed forests
are tracked throughout the supply chain.

"Ensuring the continued health of the world's forests is among our top
priorities at International Paper," said James McDonald, International Paper's
manager, Sustainability. "We see our voluntary sustainability goals as well
as collaboration with GFTN as important for continuing to protect this natural

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with
manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia
and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and
uncoated papers, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American
distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs
approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24
countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2012
were $28 billion. For more information about International Paper, its
products and stewardship efforts, visit

About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is the world's leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries
for half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide,
WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the
diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the
environment and combat climate change. Visit to learn
more. WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is one of WWF's key
initiatives to promote responsible forest management and transform the global
marketplace into a force for saving the world's valuable and threatened
forests. First established in 1991, GFTN assists more than 200 companies in 30
countries in achieving forest management certification, evaluating their
procurement and implementing appropriate action plans to ensure responsible
sourcing and sustainable supply. Read more about GFTN at

SOURCE International Paper

Contact: International Paper, Media: Thomas J. Ryan, +1-901-419-4333; or World
Wildlife Fund, Media: Ian Morrison,, +1-202-495-4141
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