xpedx receives SFI and FSC certification

Jan. 30, 2007 - International Paper's distribution arm, xpedx, today said that it has received both Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certifications.

According to xpedx, it is the first North American paper distributor to be certified in both standards and now offers all SFI-certified papers as well as FSC-certified coated papers and writing, text and cover papers.

"With our new dual, national chain-of-custody certification, U.S. printers can now be assured they have a dependable supply of certified papers to meet growing demand," said Jeff Higgins, corporate Director of Marketing Services for xpedx.

Chain of custody is the process of tracking and recording the possession and transfer of certified wood and fiber from the forest of origin, through the stages of production, to the end user. If any entity along this path is not third-party certified, the paper specifier, printer or print customer cannot claim the papers are certified and they cannot use the SFI or FSC logo, xpedx explained.

About SFI
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.

The SFI Standard (SFIS) spells out the requirements of compliance with the program. The SFIS is based on nine principles that address economic, environmental, cultural and legal issues, in addition to a commitment to continuously improve sustainable forest management.

On January 1, 2007, the SFI program became a fully independent forest certification program. The multi-stakeholder Board of Directors of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. is now the sole governing body over the SFI Standard and all aspects of the program. The diversity of the board members reflects the variety of interests in the forestry community.

Of its 15 board members, five are the CEOs of non-profit environmental groups; five board members are the CEOs of forest products companies; and the remaining board members represent stakeholders from the broader forestry community. Through the balance of these stakeholders, the Board can ensure that the SFI Program is protecting the economic, environmental and social needs of our forests and communities.

About FSC
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.

Landowners and companies that sell timber or forest products seek certification as a way to verify to consumers that they have practiced forestry consistent with FSC standards. Independent, certification organizations are accredited by FSC to carry out assessments of forest management to determine if standards have been met. These certifiers also verify that companies claiming to sell FSC-certified products have tracked their supply back to FSC-certified sources. This chain-of-custody certification assures that consumers can trust the FSC label. FSC-US, based in Washington, D.C., is the U.S. chapter of FSC International, based in Bonn, Germany.

SOURCE: xpedx

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