The forests not only provide outstanding environmental benefits, but also provide an array of renewable wood products and derivatives that are widely used in paper, packaging, building, furnishings and a host of other applications. The global wood products industry, therefore, has an inherent responsibility to the environment and in particular, a responsibility to the world’s forest and their sustainability. We fully support responsible forest management practices that promote first sustainability and result in long-term economic and environmental benefits.
While encouraging the continued and expanded use of forest products, we are committed to promoting the principle of the conservation and intelligent use of our natural resources. To demonstrate our commitment, we endorse the policy of promoting the sustainability of forests.
- We care about our forests. It is our commitment and our challenge to promote the practice of sustainable forestry to meet both the environmental and human needs of today without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations.
- We recognize sustainable forestry certification can serve as confirmation of work already being accomplished toward improved forest management. An absence of certification, however, does not mean there is a lack of quality forest management.
- We applaud companies and landowners that practice and encourage sustainable forest management based on the concept of continuous improvement.
- We recognize that there are a variety of credible sustainable forestry management systems and policies in place or in development throughout North America and the world. Because no single system or policy is applicable to all situations and some programs promote societal purposes far beyond forest sustainability or even the environment generally, we do not endorse or support any one scheme. We do acknowledge these programs are worthy of consideration to the extent that they all share the common goal of promoting forestry management techniques that encourage the long-term sustainability of the forests.
- The American Tree Farm System and other similar programs encourage and promote forestry excellence on non-industrial private forest lands, and promote practices that contribute to sustainable forestry.
- The Canadian Standards Association promotes sustainable forestry practices on large private and government owned forests in Canada.
- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program promotes the practice of sustainable forestry on large private and government owned forests in Canada and the United States.
- The Forest Stewardship Council, which fosters the management of the world’s forest to achieve certain social, economic and other goals determined to be beneficial, implicitly recognizes the environmental benefits of forest sustainability.
- The Pan European Forest Certification Council and its members have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable forestry on lands throughout the world.
- The International Tropical Timber Organization and its members work toward the sustainable development of tropical forests by establishment of and adherence to the ITTO adopted Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Forests and Criteria & Indicators against which to measure progress.
- We strongly endorse the implementation of an international framework of mutual recognition between credible and market-oriented sustainable forest management standards and certification systems.
- We recognize the importance of landowner outreach and education and logger training in achieving a broad commitment to wise forest use and sustainable forestry.
- We will educate our customers in the global wood products community about environmental and forestry issues and about our own individual initiatives and policies.
- We will regularly review this Environmental Policy to ensure that it reflects new knowledge and other opportunities that may arise for us to exercise leadership in the evolution of standards for sustainable forest management.