International Paper Announces Significant Progress on 2020 Sustainability Goals

  International Paper Announces Significant Progress on 2020 Sustainability

2012 Company Sustainability Report Highlights Goal Progress and New

PR Newswire

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 27, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --International Paper published
its 2012 Sustainability Report, revealing progress against its voluntary goals
including certified fiber use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, and
water quality improvement.

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In 2011, International Paper announced 12 environmental and social goals that
it planned to achieve by 2020. Using a 2010 baseline, the company is reporting
goal progress that includes:

  oA 10 percent absolute reduction in on-site fossil fuel GHG emissions.
    This puts the company halfway toward its 2020 goal.
  oA 15 percent reduction in criteria pollutant emissions through energy
    savings and fuel mix changes. This significant reduction exceeds the
    company's overall 2020 reduction target.
  oAchieving a 27 percent reduction in oxygen depleting substances in water
    released from mill operations, which exceeds the company's 2020 water
    quality goal.
  oBoosting purchases of third party certified fiber by 18 percent, exceeding
    IP's 15 percent goal for 2020.
  oA 30 percent drop in life-changing injuries and fatalities between 2010
    and 2012 as IP strives for an accident-free workplace.

"Last year we announced 12 voluntary goals to help focus our sustainability
efforts. This report details progress we have achieved," said Chairman and CEO
John Faraci. "By pursuing transparent goals and establishing new relationships
with external stakeholders, International Paper is demonstrating a commitment
to continuous improvement."

The report also highlights groundbreaking collaborations with prominent
sustainability organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Collaborations for 2012 and early 2013 include:

  oJoining the CEO-led World Business Council for Sustainable Development and
    its Forest Solutions Group where IP will provide global business
    leadership in expanding sustainable forestry.
  oA major donation to and collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife
    Foundation to create the "Forestland Stewards" initiative.
  oJoining WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network in North America and Brazil.
  oJoining the U.S. Department of Energy Better Plants Program, which commits
    International Paper to reduce energy intensity by 15 percent over 10 years
    at all U.S. facilities.
  oCollaboration with the Dogwood Alliance – a non-profit working to improve
    how southern U.S. forests are managed – on a forest mapping pilot project
    in the southeastern U.S.

"We are very pleased with this first year of progress against our goals, but
we are mindful that our sustainability journey is a long one, with more
opportunities ahead," said Teri Shanahan, International Paper's vice
president, sustainability. "We are confident that working to achieve these
goals will drive business results, and support our customers' needs. We look
to build on progress with a cycle of goals that demonstrate our continual

The comprehensive report details progress against all International Paper's
2020 sustainability goals, set in 2011, which span eight impact areas: energy
efficiency, air emissions, safety, waste, water, fiber, supply chain, and

To view the complete report online or to order a hard copy, please visit

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

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