The reason for this stability is active forest management. When forested land is productive, as managed forests are, there is less pressure to develop that land for other, often less-sustainable, uses.
PCA makes managed forestry a priority in its sustainability efforts and is certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standards, created to promote responsible forest management. PCA box plants are eligible to print the SFI Certified Sourcing label on all corrugated products we produce. To achieve this certification, at least two-thirds of our raw materials must come from SFI-certified sources — but we do much better than that. The vast majority (over 90 percent!) of our raw material comes from organizations that are certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing standard.
As part of the SFI program, our wood fiber sourcing practices are regularly audited. We procure our fiber from sources who practice active management of water quality and wildlife habitats, and protection of biological diversity.
For more information on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, please click here.
*Source: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2017.