The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is the national trade association of the paper and wood products industry and advances public policies that promote a strong and sustainable U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.
The U.S. forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.
AF&PA’s member companies represent about 85 percent of U.S. pulp, paper, paper-based packaging and tissue products manufactured in the U.S. We also represent companies that make wood building materials. All these essential everyday products are made from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The Association’s diverse membership includes small, medium and large companies with family, private and public-ownership and operations in rural and urban communities across the country.
The Association has built a track record based on experience and expertise to prevail on our members’ behalf in the federal, state, and international arenas where policies are shaped.
AF&PA is also the leader in cutting-edge policy information and mission critical statistical and research data about the forest products industry, and our monthly and annual statistical reports are widely regarded as the most comprehensive and in-depth available.
As a condition of membership, AF&PA member companies commit to help the industry make progress toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet sustainability goals, and those who source wood fiber agree to comply with the Association’s Forest Procurement Principles. Members are encouraged to participate in AF&PA’s voluntary program to prevent serious injuries and fatalities.
AF&PA is committed to a sustainable, thriving paper and wood products industry that continues to improve tomorrow’s environment today.