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AF&PA’s Contributes to UN Global Compact Discussion on Sustainable Development

Sep 10, 2014

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Donna Harman represented the forest and paper industry at the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Consultative Meeting with Industry and Trade Associations on Tuesday in New York City.

The meeting brought together global industry associations to review industry progress on corporate sustainability and discuss emerging corporate sustainability and responsibility issues that are relevant to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Through sustainable business practices, the forest and paper industry provides reusable and recyclable products people need and rely on – from food packaging, energy and shelter to hygiene and communications products,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman in prepared remarks.

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative. Its corporate participants represent approximately 50 million employees from nearly every industry sector and size in both developed and developing countries.

“Our industry has the potential to answer the increasing demand for sustainable products while ensuring the renewable resources used to make them will be available to improve quality of life for this generation and those to come,” said Harman.

AF&PA recently released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which showcases the progress AF&PA members have made on the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. To read the full report and to find out more about the sustainable nature of the forest and paper industry, visit

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women.  The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.