International Paper, we have three equally important sustainability
goals: to be financially successful, socially responsible
and environmentally excellent. To achieve these goals, we focus on continuous
improvement across all areas of its operations. We made outstanding progress
last year thanks to International Paper employees in nearly 50 countries
for whom the words “good enough” are never an option. Their
commitment to sustainability through operational excellence is truly
our most valuable asset.
This commitment reaches into every corner of our business,
from forest management to manufacturing to product stewardship. Combined
with prudent management of resources and processes, it makes our business
sustainable in a way that few others can be.
Our business is grounded, quite literally, in the sustainability of our
primary raw material—wood fiber. We manufacture the products our
customers want and need using the only natural resource that perpetually
regenerates itself in harmony with the environment—trees. International
Paper grows, harvests and replants more
healthy trees than just about anyone else in the world. In fact,
we are among the largest sustainably managed, private forestland owners
in the world.
We leverage our position as the world’s largest paper and forest
products company to encourage sustainability wherever possible.
On the local level, we promote sustainable forestry to nonindustrial
private landowners who own more than 60 percent of U.S.
forestlands, but may lack the expertise and resources to sustainably
manage their land.
International Paper also plays a defining role in the health of forests
on a global scale. In 2002, we sponsored and participated in the Forest
Leadership Forum, an unprecedented collaboration between the forest products
industry and the environmental
community aimed at finding new and creative solutions to
unsustainable forest management and trade practices that are
fueling the global deforestation crisis.
Of course, International Paper’s sustainable business practices
go far beyond these few examples. To broaden the view of our practices
and progress, in 2002 we expanded the scope of our Sustainability Report
to more closely conform to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard.
In addition to openly reviewing International Paper’s
environment, health and safety progress as we have in the past,
our Sustainability Report also looks at our financial and social
performance. It highlights our many successes as well as the goals we
aspire to achieve.
John T. Dillon
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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