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Spotlight in Brief: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Safety

Leadership in Sustainability Award: Safety

Member Spotlight: Clearwater Paper

The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative recognizes the three essential pillars of sustainability, economic, environmental and social, interdependent factors that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement. People are at the heart of the paper and wood products industry, which is why the health and safety of workers is a top priority for our industry, and it’s one of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals.

Clearwater Paper implemented an enterprise-wide Environmental Health & Safety Excellence strategy focused on five key foundations to reduce and eliminate safety impacts to employees, contractors and communities.  

These foundations include leadership and commitment, worksite analysis and controls, continuous improvement, employee ownership, and training and communication.  

The process helps evaluate risks along with ensuring minimal potential for EHS incidents. Clearwater Paper has seen immediate improvement in specific safety targets and employee engagement – each site met their 20 percent improvement goal within the first year.  

Learn more about AF&PA’s sustainability initiative. 

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper