Timber, Pulp & Paper
Data & Information
- WWF maintains a robust collection of WWF Position Papers on forestry, paper production, milling, and other industry practices and impacts.
- The New Generation Plantation Project provides practical tools and case studies for tree plantation management best practices. These resources include reports on bio-energy and carbon, forests in a green economy, and plantations and biodiversity.
- The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) publishes a regular review of the current market trends and characteristics of sustainability standards across several commodities, including forest products. The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2010: Sustainability and Transparency represents the latest edition.
- Life-Cycle Analyses of wood pulp vs other materials for building, packaging, and other uses, includes, for example, a meta-analysis of LCA studies which found most studies ranked the environmental performance of wood-based beverage cartons ahead of other forms of beverage packaging.
- The Forest Trust (TFT) is a global nonprofit that focuses on the extraction stage to help companies create sustainable products.
- The Smartwood Smartstep Program is an independent audit service that helps forest management enterprises achieve FSC certification.
- The Rainforest Alliance TREES Program helps small and medium enterprises manufacture sustainable forest products.
- The FSC Modular Approach Program breaks forest management down into smaller modules, allowing recognition for early progress.
Evaluation & Certification
- In selecting which forest products certifications to use, WWF has collected a robust set of both WWF and non-WWF resources and reports evaluating different schemes.
- Two Responsible Forest Products Purchasing Policies regarding wood sourcing are detailed in case studies.
- Recommendations regarding paper purchasing, details and example of leading companies can be found in the WWF Guide for buying paper.
- Paper buyers can quickly and easily check the overall environmental impact (fiber sourcing, climate, energy, water emissions, waste to landfill) of their paper purchases through the Check Your Paper tool.
- The Paper Company Environmental Index is a tool to evaluate transparency of major paper companies, as well as their overall environmental impact. Rating is on a voluntary basis and updated regularly.