Environmental Management Systems & Public Reporting results

Environmentally-committed paper producers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to be publicly accountable about their practices and to communicate their performance accordingly.
In addition to clear reporting on environmental policy and performance, good reporting also addresses issues such as workers’ safety, transportation and interactions with local communities.

Best scores on Environmental Management Systems and Public Reporting

Scores per category above 60% of total achievable points:

85% M-Real
83% Mondi
77% UPM
76% Suzano 
72% Arjowiggins Graphic
72% Burgo
67% Stora Enso
62% Fedrigoni

86% Metsa Tissue
78% Sofidel
68% Renova
61%
 SCA Tissue
75% SCA Containerboard
69% Mondi
70% Korsnäs (food and beverage packaging)

INDICATORS

The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index measures to what extent companies are transparent via a number of questions, such as:
  • does the company have ISO 14001 certification or equivalent for its mills?
  • is the company reporting according to a standard recommended in the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines?
  • has the company made its official fibre sourcing policy and actual percentage of recycled and credibly certified fibre use available to the public?
  • how comprehensively has the company made air, water and waste emissions data publicly available?
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EPI 2011 - Fine paper companies
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23 UPM paper mills are ISO14001 certified, and the majority have EMAS certification; a Group level EMAS Statement being published annually. Additionally the 2011 corporate Annual Report has been published and verified against the GRI guidelines. All wood and pulp sourcing and all Paper sales offices are Chain of Custody certified. UPM has listed many our papers grades in the WWF Check Your Paper tool.

John Sanderson, Director, Environmental Market Support, UPM

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EPI 2011 - Tissue companies
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Metsä Tissue’s rank as the best company in the category of public reporting and Environmental Management Systems is both motivational and highly gratifying for us. It is a recognition of our conscious decision to open our books regarding Metsä Tissue’s sustainability performance and targets. With open reporting and communication we can create positive pressure within our industry and thereby motivate various actors throughout the entire value chain to improve their own CR performance. Everyone’s effort counts.

Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Tissue

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EPI 2011 - Packaging
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What WWF recommends

For public accountability, WWF recommends that a paper producer makes publicly available its sourcing policy as well as show meaningful data, including time bound targets, on the recycled and certified fibre input of production, CO2 emissions, landfill waste and relevant emissions to water (AOX, BOD, COD, P, N, TSS) and air (CO2, SO2, NOx).

Furthermore, WWF recommends that a company reports on labour issues, human rights and social issues at a standard recommended in the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Top manufacturers NOT disclosing data

The producers below were invited to join the EPI 2011 in various categories but chose not to provide data on their environmental footprint
Amcor, CMPC, DS Smithz, Hansol Paper, Holmen, IlimPulp, Klabin, Lee&Man, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, Nine Dragons, Papierfabrik Palm, Prinzhorn Holding, SmurfitKappa; Hansol Paper, Lecta Europe, Lenzing, Portucel Soporcel, Sappi, Shandong Chenming, Georgia Pacific, Lucart Group, Sharma, SHP Group, WEPA

WWF will invite these again together with more companies for the next Environmental Paper Company Index, including from more regions.

► If you are interested to be invited for the next rating, please email us.

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