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Product Stewardship

We create useful products made from trees, one of nature's most remarkable and renewable resources. In turn, it's our responsibility to ensure our products are safe and healthy for people who make and use them and for the environment.

COMPREHENSIVE POLICY

We start with our comprehensive Product Stewardship Policy, which states our commitment to considering environmental, health and safety implications for our products, from product design to end of life. Implementation of this policy reduces risk and liability, promotes compliance with applicable regulations and helps deliver sustainable products to the marketplace.

ACCURATE INFORMATION

Next, since product advertising and marketing is complex in today’s world, we are careful to provide accurate and truthful information about our products so that consumers and customers clearly understand our products and their benefits.

  • Our Product Environmental Profiles help educate and inform our customers and other stakeholders about the environmental aspects of our most popular products.
  • We are a long-time supporter and contributer to the Guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products (aka the Sustainable Forest Products guide), which helps procurement managers make informed choices when purchasing forest products.
  • We are a member of the U.S. Council of Better Business Bureaus' National Advertising Division, which employs attorneys with expertise in claims substantiation, advertising and trade regulation, litigation and arbitration.

STRONG COMPLIANCE

Comprehensive policies and creating helpful procurement guides are one thing. Complying with laws and regulations is another. We are committed to complying with all applicable product-related regulations, including the following:

  • Our policy in advertising and marketing is to comply with all applicable laws in the country where we are communicating. Worldwide, we apply the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's guidelines, commonly known as the "Green Guides."
  • We employ people in our businesses and our legal team with expertise in consumer protection and advertising law. We train our business marketing managers to comply with applicable laws and policies and regularly conduct centralized reviews of selected advertising and marketing materials, especially if they involve environmental marketing claims.
  • We work to ensure our food-contact packaging materials comply with the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulations.
  • Most of our cellulose fiber products (CAS #65996-61-4) are exempt from REACH registration per Annex IV of the regulation.
  • We inform customers of the potential hazards of our products as required under California Proposition 65.

Last updated June 6, 2014