Mission and Vision
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.
AF&PA’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 - is the latest example of our members’ proactive commitment to the long-term success of our industry, our communities and our environment. We have long been responsible stewards of our planet’s resources. Our member companies have collectively made significant progress in each of the following goals, which comprise one of the most extensive quantifiable sets of sustainability goals for a U.S. manufacturing industry: increasing paper recovery for recycling; improving energy efficiency; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; promoting sustainable forestry practices; improving workplace safety; and reducing water use.
Advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.
- Bring together members, strategic alliances and other stakeholders to promote solutions that will advance the industry’s sustainability and competitiveness.
- Provide business and policy decision-making support through research, industry data collection, analysis and reports.
- Speak on behalf of AF&PA members to a wide range of audiences with a unified and informed voice.
- AF&PA and its employees are models of competency and productivity in a dynamic economic and political climate.