Board Converting News, February 22, 2021

Safety, Sustainablity, Recycling Top AF&PA Advocacy Priorities

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Board of Directors last week announced advocacy priorities the association will pursue to ensure the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products industry’s continued growth and ability to create American manufacturing jobs.

“President Biden has laid out an ambitious agenda to ‘Build Back Better,’ creating job and eco- nomic opportunities for all Ameri- cans while protecting the future of our planet,” said AF&PA President

and CEO Heidi Brock. “Our members are committed to environmental stewardship across the value chain – from the raw, renewable wood fiber that is harvested to the energy and water used in the manufactur- ing process to the recovery of paper and paper-based packaging that is used to make new products. Policy conversations related to worker safety, sustainability and paper recycling will strengthen our industry’s ability to provide consumers with essential, sustainable and recyclable paper products.” Michael Doss, Graphic Packaging International, LLC, President and CEO and AF&PA Board Chair, continued, “For the last decade, our in- dustry has led with a comprehensive set of quantifiable sustainability goals, known as Better Practices, Better Planet. These goals recognize the three essential pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – interdependent factors that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement. As a top 10 manufacturing employer in 45 states across the country, we have an impressive track record of leadership in safety, environmental and forest stewardship. It is impera- tive the U.S. Congress, state legislatures and other stakeholders contin- ue to recognize our industry and people – the approximately 950,000 individuals of the forest products industry – as essential.” AF&PA’s 2021 advocacy priorities are: COVID-19 : An Essential Industry Working Safely During Pandemic Response. AF&PA members are committed to the safety of the industry’s essential workforce and end-users. AF&PA remains engaged during the pandemic to address critical issues as they arise and will take proactive measures to ensure the success of the industry. AF&PA members are working to respond safely and efficiently to spikes in demand – from boxes and paper bags to transport goods to tissue products, meeting the needs of Americans across the nation and worldwide. Achieving Sustainability : AF&PA was one of the first manufacturing industries to adopt a comprehensive, quantifiable set of sustainability goals, in 2010. Our initiative is a condition of membership and demon- strates AF&PA members’ commitment to sustainability. To date, AF&PA members have surpassed three goals related to worker safety, green- house gas emissions and energy efficiency and have achieved our goal for sustainable forestry. AF&PA will soon launch 2030 goals that build on our sustainability successes to further advance the paper and wood products industry into the coming decade and beyond. Sustainable Manufacturing Advancing the Circular Economy : The paper and wood products industry is a significant contributor to the broader circular economy. AF&PA advocates for policies promoting continued progress in meeting the challenge of our changing climate,

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February 22, 2021

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