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Global Forest Products Industry Endorses New Sustainability Commitments, Reports Sustainability Progress

May 17, 2019

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WASHINGTON – The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) issued its Global CEO Leadership Statement 2.0, which includes seven sustainability commitments the global industry will take action on for a better world.

The full statement is available at:

The new leadership statement reflects changes in the industry and was endorsed by the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Board of Directors at their February meeting, as well as company and association CEOs from ten countries at the ICFPA’s ninth international CEO Roundtable last week in Vancouver, Canada.

The ICFPA has transparently reported progress on its sustainability commitments since they were issued in its original 2006 leadership statement. The ICFPA’s latest Sustainability Progress Report shows the industry continued to successfully make progress on nearly all its sustainability performance indicators.

The full 2019 ICFPA Sustainability Progress Report is available at:

Going forward, the global industry’s efforts and the ICFPA’s biennial sustainability report will focus on the commitments listed in the Global CEO Leadership Statement 2.0.

AF&PA is a founding member of the ICFPA, which represents 18 national and regional forest and paper associations that encompass 28 countries as well as the top global pulp, paper and wood producers. For more information about the global forest and paper industry, visit


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. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper