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RockTenn’s 2014 Sustainability Report: A Shared Path

February 2014 - RockTenn released their 2014 Sustainability Report via amicrosite. Featuring the connections between various parts of their business, the environment and the communities where they live and work, the report exhibits how RockTenn is making sustainable improvements and positive contributions. View the full report here.

Resolute Forest Products’ Clean Tech Award

January 2015 - Resolute Forest Products received The New Economy Magazine's Clean Tech Award in the Best Forest and Paper Solutions category for 2014.

The New Economy's Clean Tech Awards honor and recognize companies around the world whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership. Elements considered include research and development initiatives, overall strategy, and sustainability approach and achievements. Read more on Resolute’s website.

RockTenn’s Internal Fiber Supply Chain Certification program

December 2014 - RockTenn received a 2014 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for their Internal Fiber Supply Chain Certification program. Click here to learn more about the award-winning certification program.

NewPage Corporation’s Duluth Mill Recycling Recovery Program and Escanaba Mill Water Reduction Initiative 

December 2014 - NewPage Corporation received two 2014 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Awards for their sustainability advancements. The NewPage Duluth Mill Recycling Recovery Program won in the Paper Recovery for Recycling category and the NewPage Escanaba Mill Water Reduction Initiative was honored in the Water category. Click here to read about NewPage’s award-winning programs.

Expera Specialty Solutions’ Nicolet Mill – Care Enough to Act program

November 2014 - Expera Specialty Solutions received the 2014 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety for its Care Enough to Act program in its Nicolet Mill. Click here to find out more about Expera’s award-winning safety program.

Evergreen Packaging’s Evergreen Forest Certification program

November 2014 - Evergreen Packaging was awarded a 2014 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for their Evergreen Forest Certification program. Click here to learn more about the award-winning certification program.

Domtar’s BioChoice Lignin and Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project

November 2014 - Domtar received two 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Awards for their sustainability advancements. Domtar received the Innovation in Sustainability award for its BioChoice Lignin and the Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions for their Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project. Click here to read about Domtar’s award-winning projects.

The 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners

November 2014 - AF&PA’s annual Sustainability Awards are designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry. Click here to view the 2014 winners!

Georgia-Pacific’s ‘At A Glance’ Infographic

October 2014 - Check out Georgia-Pacific’s infographic, showing ways their paper and wood products are used in everyday life and highlighting their commitment to the three pillars of sustainability: economic; environmental; and social.

Sonoco's 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report 

September 2014 - The report reflects Sonoco's first materiality assessment of economic, environmental and social issues, and the progress they have made in meeting their stakeholder commitments. View the full report here.

August 2014 - When AF&PA was considering which sustainability goals to adopt for its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative, industry leaders provided important guidance at the outset of the process: make sure that the goals promote progress in each of the economic, social, and environmental pillars of sustainability.  While that guidance engendered discussion for some of the proposed goals, it was easy to see that an energy efficiency goal furthers economic, social, and environmental progress. Click here to read more.

NewPage’s Sustainable Development

July 2014 - The NewPage Sustainable Development report highlights their commitment and 2013 performance in five focus areas: healthy, safe and engaged employees; responsible sourcing of raw materials; efficient and sustainable manufacturing; responsible and safe products; and strong, viable communities. Get the full report on NewPage’s website.

Graphic Packaging International’s Sustainability Vision 2016

June 2014 - Graphic Packaging International continues to achieve sustainable business results by accelerating growth, increasing their market position, improving profitability, and enhancing their environmental profile.​ Read more about Graphic Packaging’s 2016 targets and sustainability efforts on their website.

Verso Paper Corp.’s Sustainable Identity

May 2014 - Verso recently released its 2013 Sustainability Report, Our Sustainable Identity, which focuses on the company’s progress in relation to its commitment to respect a balance among environmental, social and economic needs.

The full report can be found here.

Glatfelter’s Commitment to Sustainability

April 2014 - Glatfelter, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, focuses on the three interdependent aspects of sustainability — economic, environmental and social. Click here to learn more about Glatfelter’s business philosophy and commitment to sustainability.

Seaman Paper's Soft Steps Forward Initiatives & Goals

March 2014 - Seaman Paper aligned their sustainability goals with those of Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 to assure a common vision with the industry and to gauge the effectiveness of their sustainability efforts. Read more about Seaman’s sustainability goals and actions on their website.

International Paper's 2012 Sustainability Report

  March 2014 - The Sustainability Report highlights    International Paper’s strong sustainability commitment across every aspect of its operations, and its first progress toward its twelve voluntary sustainability goals. Read the full report here.

Paper Valentines

February 2014 - Let paper be your Valentine! Paper Valentine’s Day cards are made to save in a special place and enjoy over and over.  Or until you clean out the closet – paper cards are easily recyclable and sustainably made.  See why paper makes life better at

AF&PA Recycling Awards

 February 2014 - The AF&PA Recycling Awards honor outstanding paper recycling  programs of  businesses, communities and schools across the country. Efforts like    
 the Recycling Awards encourage and increase paper recovery for recycling, which  contributes to AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goal of exceeding 70 percent paper recovery by 2020.

  MWV releases Corporate Responsibility Report 

  January 2014 - MWV’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report showcases stories about the people, policies, and projects that make their sustainability commitments come to life.

The report includes chapters on product innovation, planet, people, and global community. To read the full report, click here.

Sappi Showcases Sustainability Leadership with Notable Industry Research

December 2013 - Sappi Fine Paper North America’s white paper series, eQ Insights, addresses common stereotypes and misconceptions by examining important sustainability issues in the paper industry.

In the latest edition, Sappi covers the life cycle assessment (LCA) of paper products, providing thought-provoking context and sharing their findings to help readers rethink their current analysis processes.

2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award Winners 

November 2013 - Five AF&PA company members were awarded for their sustainability initiatives.

Leadership in Sustainability awards were given to KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation’s Longview Mill (Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction); RockTenn (Paper Recovery for Recycling); Domtar (Safety, and Sustainable Forest Management); and Georgia-Pacific Brunswick Cellulose Operation (Water). Graphic Packaging International won the Innovation in Sustainability award.

For more information on the award-winning projects, and to see pictures of the awards ceremony, click here.

Domtar showcases progress in 2012 Sustainable Growth Report

October 2013 - Domtar Corporation’s 2012 Sustainable Growth Report highlights the company’s best year on record for health and safety performance, over 76 percent renewable energy use, decreased greenhouse gas emissions intensity, and increased certified fiber use.

Domtar tracks progress through a framework of 35 key performance indicators, including increasing production efficiency, reducing environmental footprint, promoting employee development, serving customers better and contributing more effectively to host communities.

Sonoco releases Corporate Responsibility Report

September 2013 - Sonoco released its 2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Report in July, showing continued progress towards its global sustainability targets.

Sonoco uses Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines, a voluntary framework of principles and indicators, to measure and report their economic, environmental and social performance.

International Paper Releases 2012 Sustainability Report

August 2013 - International Paper released its 2012 Sustainability Report on June 27, reporting progress against its voluntary goals including certified fiber use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, and water quality improvement.

The 12 environmental and social goals set by International Paper in 2011 are targeted to be achieve by 2020. Using a 2010 baseline, the company is reporting goal progress in its report.

Monadnock Paper Mills recognized for commitment to social responsibility and sustainable innovation

July 2013 - Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. was recently inducted into the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Cornerstone Hall of Fame.

Monadnock Paper Mills, a prior winner of the NHBSR Cornerstone Award, was honored for reducing its impact on the environment and making a positive contribution to the surrounding community. Monadnock also received a citation from the governor for its dedication to and promotion of corporate social responsibility among the greater business community of New Hampshire.