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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future

AF&PA has established five quantifiable sustainability goals that the industry aims to meet by 2030.

Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 builds on our success and continues our commitment to manufacture sustainable products for a sustainable future.

Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Paper and Wood Products Industry

Our strength as an industry stems from the diversity of our people. Along with our Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustainability goals, AF&PA released a statement of principles on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). This commitment advances DE&I in the paper and wood products industry and is critical to our success on key initiatives such as sustainability.


Our members recognize the three essential pillars of sustainability — economic, environmental and social — interdependent factors that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement. AF&PA members subscribe to the sustainability concepts recognized by a number of international forums, including the United Nations.

Economic Impact

Economic Impact

The economic health of the U.S. paper and wood products manufacturing industry is vital to sustainable future.



Sustainable practices define the paper and wood products industry's dedication to protecting our environment while also meeting economic and social commitments. 



People are at the heart of the paper and wood products industry. The health and safety workers is a top priority for our industry.

2020 AF&PA Sustainability Goals: Achievements Summary

AF&PA released its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Achievements Summary Report, which highlights how our members  met or surpassed most of the sustainability goals we set to achieve by 2020.

Sustainability Awards

AF&PA's annual awards recognize outstanding sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products industry. The awards are given based on the merit of entries across many categories.