2020 AF&PA Sustainability Report

Advancing the sustainability of an essential industry

Nearly a decade ago, AF&PA members introduced a set of sustainability goals that continue to demonstrate a commitment to improving the environment. Today, we have many reasons to be proud. We achieved most of our goals — and this year, we rose to an unexpected challenge: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Goals

The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative is one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry. Our members have surpassed three goals: worker safety, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency and we achieved our goal for sustainable forestry.

The Three Pillars of Sustainability

The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative recognizes the three essential pillars of sustainability — economic, environmental and social — interdependent factors that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement.


The economic health of the U.S. paper and wood products manufacturing industry is vital to its sustainable future. AF&PA advocates for government policies and regulations that allow the industry to remain competitive in order to manufacture essential products for everyday living. AF&PA believes that market forces should be the primary drivers of sustainability initiatives.


Our industry relies on natural resources to make products people use and depend on. Sustainable practices — forest management, efficient manufacturing, energy generation and conservation and fiber recovery — define the paper and wood products industry’s dedication to protecting our environment while also meeting economic and social commitments.


People are at the heart of the paper and wood products industry. The health and safety of workers is a top priority for our industry. So is making a positive contribution to the lives of our employees and the communities that surround our manufacturing facilities.