3M recently announced a new pulp and paper sourcing policy designed to ensure all the virgin wood fiber going into 3M’s paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect human rights. Recognizing the risks facing forests and continuing its commitment to conserve natural resources, 3M’s new policy reportedly does not allow any wood fiber to be linked to deforestation or illegal operations. The policy also requires protection of high carbon stock forests and high conservation values, like intact forest landscapes, peatlands and the habitat of endangered species. 3M joined forces with The Forest Trust (TFT) and Dovetail Partners to learn more about the threats facing forests in its supply chain, and update this policy.

“The first strategic decision we made in drafting this policy was to focus on defining clearly for our suppliers our own values and requirements related to the protection of forests and vulnerable people,” said Jean Sweeney, vice president of 3M Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Operations. “We are taking responsibility for making sure our pulp and paper suppliers meet the requirements of the policy, and help them to raise their performance if necessary.”

In addition to the environmental elements of the new policy, it also reportedly sets strong standards related to social concerns, including respect for workers’ rights and indigenous people’s rights to free, prior, and informed consent to operations on their traditional lands. Under the new policy, all paper-based products and packaging suppliers are required to provide information on the original forest sources of the virgin pulp in 3M’s products, and allow those sources to be assessed against 3M’s policy. As part of its commitment, 3M will reportedly publish semiannual updates of its progress on implementing its policy.

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