About the AF&PA Sustainability Report

Better Practices, Better Planet 2020

Advancing Paper and Wood Products Industry Sustainability Performance

On behalf of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and its members, I am proud to present our 2018 Sustainability Report.

AF&PA’s mission is to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.

Our members make essential products for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources. In addition, they are committed to continuous sustainability improvement through our unique Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals initiative. The highlights presented in this website include achieving the Better Practices goals on worker safety and energy efficiency ahead of schedule.

Established in 2011, Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 aims to ensure our industry’s sustainable consumption and production along the entire value chain, which aligns with the objectives of one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Throughout this website, it is noted where our industry’s sustainability efforts overlap with other UNSDGs. Our alignment with the objectives of those UNSDGs, which were released in 2015, is evidence that our industry is working on some of the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.

The full sustainability report with highlights of our members’ sustainability progress is available for download here. AF&PA invites you to review our sustainability performance and we welcome your feedback.

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Donna Harman
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President and CEO

About Us

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative – Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs more than 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.