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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Mar/Apr 2004 : Special Section

Special Section



SUSTAINABILITY FROM THE GROUND UP

As the first paper and forest products industry report to meet the strictest standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)—and one of less than 20 reports worldwide published in accordance with all GRI requirements-International Paper’s 2002-03 Sustainability Report is a comprehensive detailing of a wide array of current environmental, forestry, financial and social responsibility data. The report, The Nature of Our Business, chronicles a number of IP’s accomplishments including:

* the achievement of a 52 percent reduction against baseline emissions (as measured by the U.S. EPA)—more than two years ahead of schedule;

* IP’s paper and packaging mills generation of more than 65 percent of their energy from wood fiber and other biorenewable fuels;

* and through IP’s Special Places in the Forest” program, the voluntarily management and protection for 639 sites on its forestland that have unique biological, ecological, geological, cultural or historic significance.

“International Paper exhibits sustainability from the ground up, as our products begin with raw materials that are continually regrown using sustainable forestry practices,” said IP’s chairman and CEO John Faraci. “Resource renewability and product reuse are core tenets of sustainability for any business; by combining both, International Paper is uniquely poised to demonstrate sustainability enterprise wide.”

In addition to environmental indicators, The Nature of Our Business covers the company’s global performance and policies on issues of human rights, labor practices, antitrust and anticorruption, political participation and community service. It also highlights the company’s commitment to growing more and more trees as demonstrated in the planting of more than eight billion native pine and hardwood seedlings in the U.S. to date. These tree seedlings cover nearly 13 million acres of forestland, which amounts to a 22 mile-wide forested area that would go around the world.

The Nature of Our Business continues IP’s leadership tradition of transparency in reporting on its various businesses segments including paper, packaging and forest products. Headquartered in the United States, IP has operations in over 40 countries and sells its products in more than 120 nations. Fortune magazine recently named IP the No. 1 company for the Forest and Paper Products sector in its annual report of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” This marks the second year IP has topped the industry in the independent ranking.

The complete Nature of Our Business report is available at www.internationalpaper.com.


TACKLING THE IMPACTS OF PRINTING

Anderson Lithograph, A Mail-Well Company, provides high-end printing services for the Fortune 500’s critical marketing materials. Anderson recognizes that the company has a responsibility to the fact that the printing industry, along with the paper industry, is one of the largest users of fossil fuels in the U.S.—all to make the brochures, posters and direct mail pieces encountered on a daily basis.

For the past 15 years Anderson has worked to reduce this environmental impact with a comprehensive environmental management system and the innovative use of technology. In 1995 Anderson installed a natural gas-burning, cogeneration system to generate all electricity and air-conditioning for its Los Angeles, CA, facility. This system was then uniquely customized to capture and destroy nearly all fugitive emissions from the pressroom, creating a bubble-like environment that improves the working conditions for employees and makes a quantifiable reduction in air pollution for the Los Angeles community. In 1997 Anderson was certified by the local air quality regulatory body as a totally enclosed production facility—the only commercial printer in the U.S., it says, with this distinction.

While air quality is the most significant impact a printer has on the environment, Anderson’s
environmental management system also addresses the materials used and the waste it generates. Anderson’s chemical, ink and coatings compliance program consists of an in-depth annual review and continuous testing of new materials. As a result, Anderson has reduced the average petroleum-based content of its conventional ink formulations
from 29 percent to less than 22 percent. Anderson’s inks contain soy oil, are approved by the American Soybean Association, and are classified as non-hazardous by the EPA.

The final output of its operations results in a large amount of waste, and none of it goes to landfill, including any hazardous materials. Anderson has a “No Landfill Policy” that requires all recyclable manufacturing materials to be reused—from paper waste and ink buckets to used fountain solution and cleaning solvents. Anderson Lithograph has been designated as the largest recycler in the City of Commerce, CA, for six years in a row.

As a result of these practices, Anderson was the 2003 recipient of the California Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Clean Air Award. For more information, visit www.andlitho.com/
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