MWV Reinforces Commitment to Certified Wood Including Preference for Wood
Certified by the American Tree Farm System
Company supports the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® for certification of
RICHMOND, Va. -- April 4, 2013
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and
packaging solutions announced its preference for purchasing certified wood –
specifically wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System®
MWV has a long standing commitment to sustainable forest management. The
company certifies its forestlands under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®
(SFI) ^ and also purchases wood fiber from responsible third-party suppliers.
Forest certification and promoting markets for certified fiber is one way MWV
demonstrates its commitment to sustainable forest management.
MWV’s commitment is also visible in its corporate sustainability goals, which
include a specific goal of increasing the amount of certified fiber used
across MWV’s global manufacturing operations. Within the United States, the
source of fiber for these facilities is primarily non-industrial,
privately-owned forestland and fiber from well-managed family forests; a
vitally important component of this program. The American Tree Farm System
provides the mechanism to increase certified fiber from family forests.
The American Tree Farm System represents more than 89,000 family forest owners
who sustainably manage 27 million acres of forestland in the United States. It
is the largest and oldest forest management system in the United States and is
a program of the American Forest Foundation. Along with the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative^® program, the ATFS standard has been endorsed under the
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, a global program that
recognizes excellence in sustainable forest management.
“MWV has a long history of working with the American Tree Farm System. We were
the first company to group certify our landowner assistance program to the
ATFS standard and our announcement today reaffirms our commitment to the
program and to the value for our business and our customers, of securing
certified fiber from family forest owners,” said Jim Buzzard, president, MWV
and American Forest Foundation Board member.
MWV supplies packaging and packaging solutions to the world’s most admired
brands. For wood fiber based packaging, MWV and its customers demand assurance
that the fiber used in manufacturing is sourced responsibly. Forest
certification programs are an important aspect of providing the sustainability
“MWV supports multiple forest certification systems worldwide and we implement
the system that can provide an economic, sustainable supply of paperboard for
our customers. In the United States, our forestlands are certified under the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative but the great majority of wood used to
manufacture MWV products comes from privately owned, family forests.
Sustainability is deeply embedded in our culture, and we routinely search for
ways to improve our own performance. Our relationship with both the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the American Tree Farm System are very
important to our overall sustainability objectives,” said Bob Feeser, senior
vice president, MWV Packaging.
MWV’s preference for certified wood, including American Tree Farm System, will
be implemented through a number of measures, including:
*Priority Markets – the company will maintain a priority market for
certified wood over non-certified wood.
*Supporting expansion of the American Tree Farm System – the company will
expand its current landowner assistance system by promoting ATFS
certification, including group certification.
*Chain of custody – the company tracks certified wood and uses this
information to develop programs to increase certified furnish.
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE:MWV) is a global packaging company providing
innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare,
beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and
agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the
automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of
its land holdings through forestry operations, property development and land
sales. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 16,000 employees spans North
America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for
financial performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005. Learn more at
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