RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV),
a global leader in packaging
and packaging solutions announced its preference for
purchasing certified wood – specifically wood that is certified under
Tree Farm System® (ATFS).
MWV has a long standing commitment to sustainable forest management. The
company certifies its forestlands under the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative® (SFI) and
also purchases wood fiber from responsible third-party suppliers. Forest
certification and promoting markets for certified fiber is one way MWV
demonstrates its commitment to sustainable forest management.
MWV’s commitment is also visible in its corporate sustainability goals,
which include a specific goal of increasing the amount of certified
fiber used across MWV’s global manufacturing operations. Within the
United States, the source of fiber for these facilities is primarily
non-industrial, privately-owned forestland and fiber from well-managed
family forests; a vitally important component of this program. The
American Tree Farm System provides the mechanism to increase certified
fiber from family forests.
The American Tree Farm System represents more than 89,000 family forest
owners who sustainably manage 27 million acres of forestland in the
United States. It is the largest and oldest forest management system in
the United States and is a program of the American Forest Foundation.
Along with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® program, the
ATFS standard has been endorsed under the Programme for the Endorsement
of Forest Certification, a global program that recognizes excellence in
sustainable forest management.
“MWV has a long history of working with the American Tree Farm System.
We were the first company to group certify our landowner assistance
program to the ATFS standard and our announcement today reaffirms our
commitment to the program and to the value for our business and our
customers, of securing certified fiber from family forest owners,” said
Jim Buzzard, president, MWV and American Forest Foundation Board member.
MWV supplies packaging and packaging solutions to the world’s most
admired brands. For wood fiber based packaging, MWV and its customers
demand assurance that the fiber used in manufacturing is sourced
responsibly. Forest certification programs are an important aspect of
providing the sustainability assurance required.
“MWV supports multiple forest certification systems worldwide and we
implement the system that can provide an economic, sustainable supply of
paperboard for our customers. In the United States, our forestlands are
certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative but the great
majority of wood used to manufacture MWV products comes from privately
owned, family forests. Sustainability is deeply embedded in our culture,
and we routinely search for ways to improve our own performance. Our
relationship with both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the
American Tree Farm System are very important to our overall
sustainability objectives,” said Bob Feeser, senior vice president, MWV
MWV’s preference for certified wood, including American Tree Farm
System, will be implemented through a number of measures, including:
Priority Markets – the company will maintain a priority market for
certified wood over non-certified wood.
Supporting expansion of the American Tree Farm System – the company
will expand its current landowner assistance system by promoting ATFS
certification, including group certification.
Chain of custody – the company tracks certified wood and uses this
information to develop programs to increase certified furnish.
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE:MWV) is a global packaging company
providing innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the
healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden,
tobacco, and agricultural industries. The company also produces
specialty chemicals for the automotive, energy, and infrastructure
industries and maximizes the value of its land holdings through forestry
operations, property development and land sales. MWV’s network of 125
facilities and 16,000 employees spans North America, South America,
Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for financial
performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index every year since 2005. Learn more at www.mwv.com.