WWF & Mondi

Partners in responsible forestry, packaging and paper production

Mondi Group and WWF are working together in partnership to promote environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sector.
In 2014, following many years of collaboration, Mondi Group and WWF launched a global partnership to promote responsible forestry and a sustainable pulp and packaging sector. In 2017, this global partnership was extended for another three years.

Focusing on deforestation, water scarcity and climate change, together we are developing innovative approaches that will help Mondi meet customer needs while reducing impacts on the environment.

What we've achieved so far

Boreal Forest Platform - we co-founded and developed the Boreal Forest Platform in Russia focused on sustainable increase of yields in secondary forests and reducing pressure on pristine forests

78,000 hectares protected - in north-west Russia, we secured agreements with forestry companies to prevent logging in over 120,000 hectares of high conservation value forest

150,000 hectares certified - in Bulgaria, we supported over 150,000 hectares of state forest to achieve Forest Stewardship Council certification

Water stewardship - in South Africa, we promoted water stewardship with key agricultural sectors (dairy, sugar) and forestry companies at a river catchment scale

Sustainable wood use - we produced a report on the 'Cascading Use of Wood', exploring policies and incentives to encourage optimal reuse and recycling of wood-based products

Water Risk Filter - Mondi supported the further development of the WWF Water Risk Filter tool for the packaging and paper sector questionnaire

Sustainable paper production - Mondi participated in WWF’s biennial Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) in packaging and Check Your Paper database

Responsible product development - WWF provided input on setting the criteria for responsible products under Mondi’s Green Range

What we'll do next

In the second phase of our partnership, we continue to focus on stewardship of forests (including forestry plantations), climate, energy and freshwater – both in Mondi’s own operations, and through engaging others. Our work is organised around three areas:

Ecosystem stewardship - transforming the forest sector in north-west Russia through the Boreal Forest Platform, strengthening the management of freshwater resources in South Africa through the WWF-Mondi Water
Stewardship Partnership, promoting responsible forest management in Bulgaria

Manufacturing stewardship - taking a lead on climate change by identifying long-term emissions reduction measures to contribute to keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and addressing water risk by meeting public commitments and targets set through the CEO Water Mandate

Product stewardship - working to enhance responsible sourcing of wood via active cooperation with credible forest certification schemes, and exploring risk-based approaches and locally relevant solutions that deliver real benefits for people and biodiversity
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Mondi and WWF have a successful association working together on projects. This international partnership enables us to join forces on a larger scale. Sustainable development is integral to our business, and we are very pleased to be working with WWF as we continue to reduce our footprint and share responsible practices across our industry and beyond.

David Hathorn, Group CEO Mondi

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