As a company that does not own forestland, Georgia‐Pacific takes steps to assure our customers and consumers that we are responsibly sourcing wood and fiber for our pulp, paper and wood products operations.
It starts with our due diligence system, which includes:
- Building relationships with our suppliers and knowing, down to the county level, where they are sourcing fiber
- Incorporating our responsible sourcing expectations into our purchase contracts
- Evaluating risk levels and public concerns about harvesting practices outside of the United States.
Our due diligence is reinforced by our support for sustainable forestry practices such as:
- Fiber Sourcing Certification – Our wood and fiber procurement practices are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Fiber Sourcing Standard. This certification confirms that:
- raw material in our supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources
- trained loggers are used in all harvesting activities
- forestry best management practices are followed
- Chain of Custody Certification – Chain of custody certification is an accounting system that tracks fiber content through production and manufacturing to the end product. Georgia‐Pacific holds chain of custody certifications from SFI®, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®) at many of our locations.
- Controlled Wood Risk Assessment – An independent analysis determined that all basins in which Georgia‐Pacific operates are at low risk for impacting high conservation value forests, conversion to plantations or non-forest use, illegal harvesting, violating traditional and civil rights, and use of genetically modified trees.
Protecting Endangered Forests and Promoting Forest Diversity
As part of our commitment to sustainable forestry, Georgia‐Pacific is working to protect forests with high conservation value (including endangered forests and special areas) and maintain natural hardwood forests, which can be vulnerable to conversion to pine forests.
We collaborated with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Dogwood Alliance to characterize and map these forest areas. As endangered forests are identified in our key supply regions, Georgia-Pacific won't buy wood fiber from these areas except in unique situations when active forest management is needed to improve habitat for endangered, rare and/or vulnerable species. We will help maintain stands of natural hardwood trees in our operating areas by not sourcing pine fiber from any natural hardwood sites that were converted to pine plantations after 2008.
Collaborating to Support Sustainable Forestry
Georgia‐Pacific works with others in the forestry and environmental community to support wildlife and habitat enhancement projects in communities near Georgia‐Pacific operations. Examples include:
- A 20‐year commitment at our Big Island, Virginia, containerboard mill to help reintroduce the American chestnut to its native habitat after it was wiped out by a fungal disease in the early 1900s. More than 600 chestnut saplings have been planted on mill property.
- Restoration of longleaf pine habitat through a collaboration with the National Wild Turkey Federation to plant 7,000 acres of land in the southern United States in longleaf pine.
- Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat at six Georgia‐Pacific facilities through Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council.