Georgia-Pacific is committed to helping maintain healthy forests now and into the future through efficient resource use, responsible sourcing, protecting endangered forests and special areas, and supporting wildlife conservation and biodiversity.
Thus, creating a tool that allows its customers to experience the beginning of its supply chain: the forest. Within the Virtual Forestry Tour, people can walk through a working forest, experience the company’s harvesting practices, and learn more about how GP navigates the ever-changing dynamics of forest management.
GP is committed to responsible forestry practices and only sourcing from sustainable and legal sources. According to the company, in aggregate, over 90% of the fresh fiber in its products is grown in the United States, where robust laws exist to protect the forest, air, water, and wildlife.
The company is also responsible about its suppliers’ care, therefore most of its fiber come from private and family forest owners who have a legacy of responsible stewardship. As a result, U.S. forest growth has exceeded harvest since the 1950s.
For all purchases, including the forest materials sourced outside the U.S., GP take additional steps to help ensure the fiber they receive is legal, sustainable, and incorporates social consideration. Such as:
GP’S DUE DILIGENCE SYSTEM
- Building relationships with its suppliers and visiting the regions where they source fiber
- Incorporating social and environmental expectations into contracts
- Evaluating risks and public concerns about regional practices
GP’S SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE® (SFI®) FIBER SOURCING CERTIFICATION
For its fresh fiber originating in the U.S., this certification confirms harvesting practices
- Protected water quality
- Respected biodiversity
- Avoided controversial sources
- Used trained harvesting professionals
CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION
GP holds chain of custody certifications from SFI®, Forest Stewardship Council®, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification® at many of its locations.
CONTROLLED WOOD RISK ASSESSMENT
GP sources fiber in a manner to avoid and/or mitigate the risk of:
- Harvesting in high conservation-value forests
- Conversion to plantations, or areas of non-forest use
- Illegal harvesting
- Violating traditional and civil rights, and
- Using genetically modified trees