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International Paper Expands FSC Certifications

June 23, 2009 - International Paper today announced the expansion of its Forest Stewardship Council(R) (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification to include a majority of its U.S. pulp and paper mills and a number of converting facilities across its businesses. The increase establishes the company as having the largest FSC manufacturing platform across the globe.

"Having FSC Chain-of-Custody certification at a majority of our International Paper mills demonstrates our continuing commitment to sustainability and to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals," said John Faraci, International Paper's chairman and chief executive officer. "This FSC certification is the latest commitment by our company to provide multiple certification opportunities for our customers, including the widely recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) systems."

Chain-of-Custody certification guarantees that wood coming from certified and responsibly managed forestlands is tracked throughout the supply chain, from the forest to the consumer. With its expansion, International Paper's FSC Chain-of-Custody certification worldwide includes: three Coated Paperboard mills and its six converting facilities; four Pulp operations; six Industrial Packaging mills; seven Printing Papers mills and its sheeting operations; and a number of manufacturing facilities associated with its Foodservice and Shorewood businesses.

About FSC
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. FSC is one of the leading non-profit, non-governmental organizations recognized globally for promoting responsible forest management.

About SFI
SFI Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization, and is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the SFI program, which is internationally recognized and among the largest certification programs in the world. It is also one of the fastest-growing forest certification programs across North America. The SFI forest standard is endorsed by PEFC.

About PEFC
PEFC is a framework for the assessment and endorsement of national forest certification systems that have been developed based on internationally recognized requirements for sustainable forest management. Since its launch in 1999, PEFC has become the largest forest certification umbrella organization covering national systems from all over the world,

SOURCE: International Paper




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