Our Pulp, Paper and Packaging Working Group has developed a set of guidelines in support of the Deforestation Resolution to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. The Guidelines are intended to assist companies in the development of their own policies for sourcing pulp, paper and packaging.
The Paper, Pulp and Packaging Sourcing Guidelines recommend a three-pronged approach for member companies:
- Develop sourcing policies that avoid controversial sources of pulp, paper and packaging contributing to deforestation;
- Verify whether supply from high priority countries has low risk of controversial sources contributing to deforestation; and
- Disclose company policies, goals and progress to avoid controversial sources of pulp, paper and packaging contributing to deforestation in individual company supply chains.
The Guidelines were developed by a working group of member companies who benchmarked company sourcing practices, considered public procurement practices, engaged with certification organisations and engaged several NGOs and suppliers for their input and feedback on draft versions of the Guidelines. It is hoped that the Guidelines will serve as a helpful tool that will continue to be informed as the pulp, paper and packaging landscape evolves. The Guidelines were approved by our Board of Directors in June 2013 and were shared publicly for the first time at the Tropical Forest Alliance Summit in Jakarta on 27th-28th June 2013.
The Guidelines are available freely.