2020 Sustainability Report

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We manufacture sustainable paper and wood products. They are among the most used, necessary and recycled products that many rely on. The paper and wood products industry is a leader in sustainability in the manufacturing sector.

Voluntary efforts to improve the environment, worker safety and make a positive impact on our surrounding communities are some of the ways we’re delivering on our sustainability commitments.

AF&PA also advocates for policies that will improve our environment and strengthen our communities.

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.

Sustainable practices are the foundation of the paper and wood products industry. We met or exceeded many of those goals we set more than a decade ago. And we’re not stopping there. Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 builds on our success and continues our commitment to manufacture sustainable products for a sustainable future.

Our Goals For 2030:
  • Strive for Zero Workplace Injuries
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Advance a Circular Value Chain
  • Drive Water Stewardship
  • Advance More Resilient U.S. Forests

AF&PA and its member companies will be accountable for its sustainability goals by reporting the industry’s progress through a biennial report. Dive into our goals and find out how we plan to achieve them.

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.

Read Our DE&I Statement of Principles

2020 Sustainability Report

AF&PA released its 2020 Sustainability Report, which highlights how our members have met or surpassed four of our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals:

  • 38.4% reduction in workplace injuries
  • 23.2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • 13.3% improvement in energy efficiency
  • Increased fiber procurement from certified forestlands through certified fiber sourcing programs
In addition, AF&PA members made significant progress in increasing the recycling rate which has met or exceeded 63% every year since 2009. AF&PA members also improved water stewardship, achieving a 6.9% reduction in water use between 2005 and 2018.


The full sustainability report with highlights of our members’ sustainability progress is available for download.

AF&PA 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.

The "Leadership" category recognizes projects that help achieve the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. This category has five subcategories:

  • Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Paper Recycling
  • Safety
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Water
The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices.


2020 Sustainability Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Sustainability Award Winners. Seven AF&PA member companies were recognized for leadership and innovation in sustainability. Learn more about the award winning projects

The 2020 Sustainability Award Winners