Source Fibre Responsibly

  • End sourcing of fibre from unknown and illegal sources, suppliers or operations.
  • End the use of fibre from, and avoid suppliers associated with loss of, endangered forests and high conservation value forests, ecosystems and habitats.
  • End the use of fibre from, and avoid suppliers associated with, conversion of natural forests or other high conservation value ecosystems into plantations for paper fibre.
  • End the use of fibre from, and avoid suppliers associated with, loss or degradation of peatlands and high carbon stock forests.
  • End the use of fibre, and avoid suppliers, associated with human or labor rights violations.
  • Source any virgin wood fibre for paper from forest managers that have credible, independent, third-party certification for employing the most environmentally and socially responsible forest management and restoration practices. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is currently the only international certification programme that comes close to meeting this goal.
  • Avoid sourcing from and promoting misleading and environmentally irresponsible forest certification programs.
  • Support the development and use of sustainably grown and harvested alternative crops for paper where credible analysis indicates that they are environmentally and socially preferable to other virgin fibre sources and do not lead to loss of necessary food crops or high conservation value ecosystems.
  • Eliminate use of toxic, bio-accumulative or persistent pesticides and herbicides in fibre production.
  • Refuse fibre from genetically modified organisms.
  • Replace ‘far’ with ‘near,’ using sustainably produced, locally-sourced fibre and minimising transportation wherever possible.

Relevant Reports

News and Resources Related to Responsible Sourcing

The capture of policy-making by the pulp and paper industry is driving mega-fires in Portugal and land grabbing in Mozambique

The capture of policy-making by the pulp and paper industry is driving mega-fires in Portugal and land grabbing in Mozambique

This article is a guest post by Oliver Munnion, Global Forest Coalition, Portugal. It was originally published in Forest Cover 63, December 2020. Global Forest Coalition will host a webinar on Thursday 21st January at 3pm Amsterdam time (CET) to explore their new...

Social conflict, abuses and intimidation in the Jambi region, Indonesia  – a chronology of pulp industry actions and events

Social conflict, abuses and intimidation in the Jambi region, Indonesia – a chronology of pulp industry actions and events

Tension is increasing around global paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) pulpwood concessions in Indonesia. Lately, Indigenous communities have been facing recurrent acts of intimidation, criminalisation and episodes of violence have escalated, contributing to a...