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

Uruguayan citizens opposing UPM’s new pulp mill appeal to the Finnish government

In Uruguay, the citizen opposition to a new pulp mill planned by the Finnish paper giant UPM continues to grow. Last Friday, a citizen movement calling itself as the "national coordination of social organisations against UPM", representing more than 40 organisations...

UPM’s Paso de los Toros mill poses financial and reputational risks

In Uruguay, protests are rising against the installation of UPM’s planned new pulp mill project in Paso de los Toros. There has been strong social criticism on the conditions of the contract that the government signed with UPM, on the expected impacts of the pulp mill...

Asia Pulp and Paper admits links to controversial suppliers, but still fails to be transparent

A coalition of Indonesian and international NGOs released a report today bringing to light that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has acknowledged links to controversial suppliers but continues to fail to be transparent. The Indonesian paper giant recently released a document...

APP and APRIL violate zero-deforestation policies with wood purchases from Djarum Group concessions in East Kalimantan

A new report from a coalition of non-profit organizations shows that global paper giants Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) are violating their zero-deforestation policy. In addition, a few days ago the Forest...