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Progressing sustainable forestry in Russia


International Paper


International Paper: International Paper: The intensive model means the economic, social, and environmental forestry efficiency.

International Paper is one of the major world paper and packaging manufacturers. The company’s production facilities are located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated paper and pulp. The company’s head office is located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
International Paper’s operations are based on the principles of sustainable development, providing a responsible and balanced approach to economic, social and environmental issues. The principles of sustainable development apply to the entire production chain, covering all areas of the company activity. Annually, International Paper focuses on the preservation and restoration of millions of hectares of forest worldwide, as well as promoting the practice of independent forest certification.
International Paper began its activity in Russia in 1998. The company focuses on the production and sale of office and offset paper, cardboard for packaging of liquid food products, thermo-mechanical pulp. The production is concentrated at an own company enterprise in Svetogorsk. The company spent over 700 million US dollars to upgrade the facility. In Russia International Paper is co-owner of a parity joint venture, the Ilim Group, the largest partnership with foreign participation in the Russian forest industry. The most well-known brands of International Paper Russia are Ballet and SvetoCopy.
The forest management operations of International Paper in Russia are concentrated at the enterprise in Tikhvin (Tikhvin KLPH, Leningrad Oblast). International Paper computerized the whole process of planning, drafting cost estimates, forest use analysis, choosing the most rational variants of cuttings, both in economic and environmental terms. To this end an advanced GIS system based on ArcGis was introduced.
Timber harvesting is carried out taking into account the biodiversity conservation requirements. The conditions for long-term use of forest land are being created.
The company employs highly qualified specialists with a profound knowledge of forestry, while providing young employees with opportunities for advance training and professional growth, supports scholarships for talented students in governance and management, and innovative educational projects in Russia.
The company initiates regular meetings with the community members and the local population, diverse assistance is provided, from fuel and commercial timber procurement to the purchase of goods for the local institutions and support of the school forestry and other socially significant projects.
For compliance with stringent environmental and social requirements during harvesting, the company branches were among the first in Russia to receive the international FSC certificate, including, forest management and chain of custody ones.
With the direct participation of International Paper, a Laboratory for sustainable development opened at the Moscow School of Management “SKOLKOVO”, the first expert center in the country where examples of best practices are used for education of the future business leaders of Russia.
International Paper is committed to promote the idea of sustainable forest management and its successful experience in Russia, involving all stakeholders: the public, representatives of forestry, government agencies. The company is the initiator, organizer and active participant in various venues to share best practices in the forest industry, including master classes, exhibitions and workshops devoted to intensive models of forest management and its advantages in Russia. One such event was a workshop on “Intensive forestry:an obligation or a consious necessity”, held in 2014 in Tikhvinskoye lesnichestvo in Leningrad Oblast. The representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Forestry Department of Northwest Federal District, Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Roslesinforg”, World Wildlife Fund, Ilim Group, St. Petersburg State University and representatives from the forest industry took part in it. The workshop was held under the guidance of the expert center “Lesnaya Alternativa” (P. V. Bezverkhov). In 2015, International Paper also was the co-organizer of the first international business forum of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for Russia and the CIS countries in collaboration with Tetra Pak.
International Paper is a member of forums and working groups on improvement of forest legislation including introduction of intensive forestry at the federal and regional levels. In particular, International Paper is a member of a working group at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment that deals with forest legislation improvement, including issues of implementing sustainable forest management in Russia.

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