Business Issues
Postal Reform
Approximately one-third of all paper produced in the U.S. (by IP and our competitors) goes into the mail stream. A growing number of IP customers are sending packages through the mail thanks to eCommerce opportunities. A healthy, vibrant U.S. Postal Service is important to the paper and packaging industry and our customers. While comprehensive postal reforms are needed to return USPS to profitability, postage rate increases should not be the answer. Learn more here.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information: or 202.628.7252  

Did you know that International Paper is one of the world’s largest recyclers? To that end, we are focused on ensuring that any legislation does not hinder our ability to collect, market or use recycled materials.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information: or 202.628.7252

Paper Bag Bans and Fees
International Paper believes that paper bags are an environmental success story, and clearly differentiated from plastic bags. Paper bags are renewable, compostable, recyclable and reusable, with a great end of life story.  An increasing number of state and local governments are introducing legislation that would ban plastic or paper bags, or put significant fees on our product. We feel this effort to include paper bags is unnecessary and does not reflect the advantages of paper over plastic to consumers and unfairly  affects their choices and pocketbooks.  Learn more here.
Contact Donna Gehlhaart for more information: or 202.628.1309
Maintaining the Carbon-Neutrality of Biomass
Biomass energy is integral to manufacturing International Paper’s products and biomass residuals are the primary source of energy in our mills. The company generates significant volumes of bio-energy and procures wood through suppliers who certify their forest sustainability. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers how to regulate biogenic CO2 emissions, International Paper urges policymakers and the Agency to recognize our biomass use as carbon neutral. Learn more here.

Contact Chris Keuleman for more information: or 202.628.7251
Extended Producer Responsibility
International Paper is committed to market-driven paper and paper-based packaging recovery and recycling efforts to promote waste reduction. Recycling diverts a valuable resource from landfill disposal and reduces the environmental footprint of paper and packaging products. Paper and paper-based packaging recovery plays a significant role in the paper production process. Learn more here.

Contact Donna Gehlhaart for more information: or 202.628.1309
Natural resources are crucial to the future of our company and our planet. We work continuously to improve our environmental footprint and promote the long-term sustainability of natural capital by ensuring the responsible management of natural resources and improving all aspects of our value chain.
We set 12 voluntary goals with a 2010 baseline aimed at improving our impact on people and the planet. In the last five years we have made significant progress toward our Vision 2020 Goals: we've reduced greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfills, worked toward improving water quality and energy efficiency, and increased transparency in our supply chain. These projects not only improve our global environmental impact, but also help us reduce cost and mitigate risk.
2014 Sustainability Report
Click here to view International Paper's 2014 online Sustainability Report

International Paper continues to be recognized as a sustainability leader. Click here to view our recognitions.
As a global manufacturer of pulp, paper and paperboard packaging, International Paper supports fiscally responsible and revenue-neutral comprehensive tax reform for individuals and businesses that would create a modernized U.S. tax system. These reforms would provide a level playing field for business activity and avoid picking “winners and losers” among economic players. International Paper believes that simplifying and modernizing the current tax code has the potential to ignite a virtuous circle of economic activity: businesses increase investments, consumers have more spending power and businesses grow even further. Learn more here.

International Paper is also part of several associations and coalitions that are advocating for broad tax reform:

Contact Mary Mann for more information: or 202.628.1319

The IP Export Story
When it comes to exports, International Paper has a great story to tell. In 2015, 20% of U.S. manufactured products were exported in 2015, while importing into the U.S. market 0.02% of what we made overseas. We simply operate around the globe to serve customers in those markets.

Trans-Pacific Partnership
International Paper encourages Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest regional trade agreement in history. This historic agreement will advance IP’s ability to attain greater market access for our products, as well as our customer’s products, and will be a key driver in combating illegal logging. Learn more here.

Lacey Act - Combating Illegal Logging
International Paper is a leader and proponent of domestic and international efforts to suppress illegal logging and trade. IP will continue to play a constructive role in the implementation of the 2008 Lacey Act amendments to ensure a sustainable global fiber supply. As a global manufacturer, International Paper supports free trade agreements that embrace the principles of governments to oppose illegal logging around the world. Learn more here.

Contact Mary Mann for more information: or 202.628.1319
International Paper is committed to safely and efficiently moving our products, whether by ocean carrier, rail or truck.

Truck Weight Reform
Often times, International Paper cannot completely fill up the trucks leaving our paper and packaging mills because they reach the state or federal truck weight limit before they are full. This leads to less efficient shipping of our products and requires the use of additional trucks to carry the remaining freight. Allowing states to make the choice whether to increase their interstate weight limits for trucks with 4 additional wheels and brakes would allow us to safety and efficiently move the same amount of product on fewer trucks. Learn more here.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information: or 202.628.7252

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