Dedicated to Responsible Forest Management
Glatfelter’s forestry certification provides assurance that chain-of-custody procedures exist to pass certified fiber from the forest, through the manufacturing processes and onto customers and end-users.
As a leader in responsible forestry management, Glatfelter has achieved the following chain-of-custody forestry certification at its North American and European facilities:
In addition, Glatfelter's U.S. facilities maintain certification to the following forestry programs:
The Importance of Certification
Environmental responsibility is a core value and a key element of Glatfelter’s sustainability philosophy. Consistent with its core values, Glatfelter is committed to continuous improvement in all we do, to conserve resources, prevent waste and foster environmental sustainability for the benefit of future generations. That’s one of the reasons Glatfelter works in cooperation with organizations like The Nature Conservancy and with state government agencies to protect plant life and maintain and create diverse wildlife habitats.
At a time when only 10% of the world’s forests are certified, it is vital that we encourage the expansion of all credible certification programs by showing how they can help companies achieve corporate goals and demonstrate environmental stewardship at the same time. All of us should appreciate the beauty and importance of woodlands and do our part to help protect them for future generations to use and enjoy.
According to the American Forest and Paper Association, 64% of the paper consumed in the U.S. in 2011 was recovered for recycling. This equates to nearly 334 pounds of paper for each man, woman and child in the U.S.
An estimated 1.3 million people are directly employed in the planting, growing, managing and harvesting of trees and production of wood and paper products in all 50 states. (Source: AFPA, U.S. Census)
The forest industry ranks among the top ten manufacturing employers in 42 states, with an annual payroll of about $60 billion. That figures counts only those people directly engaged in the logging and manufacturing, not the many more who indirectly make their living from forest management and forest products.
The first paper merchant in America was Benjamin Franklin, who helped start 18 paper mills in Virginia and surrounding areas.
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