Suppliers engaged refers to companies engaged through member activities such as supply chain mapping, workshops and trainings etc. As it considers engagements through all members it could in some cases represent overlaps.
Total volume covered by Member Commitments represents both paper and pulp produced by producer Members and amount used by brand Members. To produce one metric tonne of paper product, a paper mill will require between 3.8 and 4.2 cubic metres of roundwood, depending on manufacturing efficiency levels, utilisation practices, moisture content, and other natural variables that affect conversion factors such as species, size, age, defects. Thus, the volume covered by Member Commitments represents over 77 million MT of wood inputs.
Unless otherwise noted, the KPIs shown above represent work done as of June 2016. The figures reported here will be updated on a regular basis to reflect our continuing work.
TFT's journey in Pulp and Paper
Pulp and Paper Risks
TFT has recently updated our global map of the key environmental, social and legal risks at the forest level. This map is based on our expertise in the field and other research, and will be updated periodically where new information is available. TFT strives to focus resources in higher risk regions in our work with Members and Producers, but engagement with the industry will still occur in other global regions as well.
TFT's Vision for Pulp and Paper
Alongside TFT’s overall organisational vision and mission statements, we have also created a vision to help guide our work specifically in the Pulp & Paper sector.
We envision a world where the whole pulp and paper supply chain drives natural resource conservation and positively impacts people.
We work to lead transformation of the pulp and paper industry through development of transparent and increasingly responsible supply chains.
We create compelling examples of change and contribute to their widespread replication across pulp and paper supply chains.
Pulp & Paper Sector Background
Pulp & Paper (P&P) is the largest commercial forest product by volume and value. It is produced and consumed globally, traded through vast, disaggregated and complex supply chains. Fibre is harvested in natural forests, plantations and on farms, with logs, chips, pulp and paper often exported over multiple borders.
Growing global demand
Global demand for P&P products is forecast to continue to grow at around two percent annually. Although demand for some products like newsprint has fallen in mature North American and European economies, demand for products like packaging and tissues, and for all P&P products in emerging economies, is driving global growth. Increasing production – even allowing for improved cultivation techniques and paper recycling potential – implies growing, and potentially unsustainable, demands on forests.
Four countries, the USA, Canada, China and Japan, still account for around half of global paper production, with very large volumes also produced in the EU. But the trend is towards expanding production and consumption in Asia, Brazil and other emerging markets. Investment is drawn by lower production costs, growing markets, lighter regulation and enforcement, faster growing trees, and – in some cases – large volumes of available natural forest fibre.
Legal, environmental and social risks vary in type and severity between countries, regions and companies. In some places P&P is associated with large scale destruction of old growth forest and intact forest landscapes, and displacement of local communities. Given P&P’s global footprint, it is vital to make the risks transparent, and to support industry towards transparency and responsible production. TFT’s values, experience and existing partnerships position us to contribute significantly to this sector’s transformation.
We believe that the P&P supply chain – everywhere – can exclude destructive practices, promote responsible forestry, improve lives, and actively embrace continual progress.
This kind of change happens when companies genuinely take responsibility for their products. Companies that adopt the Values-Transparency-Transformation-Verification (VTTV) approach define clear social and environmental requirements. They discover where and how their fibre is produced and processed; they act to improve conditions, or to exclude sources that won’t change; and they verify and report progress.
In the P&P sector, our VTTV approach includes commitment by Member companies to ambitious change, continuous adaptive progress and company policies defining minimum standards for:
- Legal fibre production, processing and trade
- Supply chain transparency that allows risks to be understood
- No Deforestation, including protecting areas of High Conservation Value
- No Exploitation, including rights for indigenous communities and worker’s rights
Given the complexities of the P&P sector, TFT Members’ policies may also address additional issues at both production and manufacturing levels of the supply chain.
Key themes of our approach are:
- Providing inspirational and strategic guidance to companies to embrace a socially and environmentally responsible vision of the P&P industry, and take meaningful action in their own supply chains.
- Supporting Members to adopt responsible sourcing policies, coupled with robust implementation / management programs.
- Working with Members and their suppliers to achieve supply chain transparency to understand where the fibre in their products comes from.
- Utilizing a risk-based approach to identify and prioritize markets, regions and companies where TFT and Members should focus attention, and regular evaluation of risk in our Members’ supply chains.
- Building Members’ capacities to identify and address risks by providing trainings and strategic guidance.
- Employing regional strategies to hone implementation to specific conditions.
- Recognizing that certified sources provide some important assurances, but do not necessarily provide automatic guarantees that minimum social and environmental standards in Member policies are met. Neither can certification fully replace supply chain transparency or taking ownership for a company’s responsible procurement of Pulp, paper and fibre.
- Focusing both within our work with Members and at a programmatic level on where TFT can have the largest impact to improve practices across the Pulp & Paper sector.
MembersMembers commit to long-lasting change in their supply chains, making far-reaching commitments to respect people and nature.
Where we workTFT are currently working in 28 countries around the world for our Pulp & Paper work.