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, we are proud to present our 2016 Sustainability Progress Report. This report marks the halfway point in our ten year journey to reach our 2020 goals.

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. Our member companies produce essential products that are widely used every day and made from renewable and recyclable resources using sustainable manufacturing processes. AF&PA members represent the spectrum of the paper and wood products manufacturing sector.

Through the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative, our members are successfully pursuing one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry. Member efforts to increase efficiencies and further enhance sustainability performance within their companies resulted in the early achievement of our safety and greenhouse gas emission goals.

Our industry’s commitment to sustainability reaches far beyond fulfillment of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals. We work with our members, government agencies, communities, and other stakeholders to employ advanced sustainability practices benefitting the economy, the environment and society, and transparently report on our performance.

We invite you to look closely at the performance summary presented in this biennial report and welcome your feedback on our journey.


Donna Harman
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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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 47 states.