To support our position on paper sourcing, Xerox has established a set of Environment, Health and Safety requirements for companies that provide paper to Xerox for resale. The requirements, which cover all aspects of papermaking, from forest management to production of finished goods, will be included in our existing process for qualifying paper suppliers. All Xerox paper suppliers worldwide must meet these requirements to do business with Xerox and must submit detailed documentation, on an annual basis, verifying their conformance.
Key provisions of the requirements include:
- Commitment to compliance with all applicable Environment Health and Safety regulatory requirements, including forestry codes of practice and regulations governing legal harvesting of wood.
- An effective mill environmental management system and objectives for continual improvement in environmental performance above and beyond regulatory requirements.
- Independent third party certification of supplier-owned or managed forestry operations to a Xerox-accepted sustainable forest management standard.*
A procurement process that:
- Ensures the exclusion of illegally harvested wood raw materials from Xerox papers.
- Ensures the exclusion of wood raw materials derived from forest areas of significant ecological or cultural importance unless certified to a Xerox-accepted sustainable forest management standard.
- Encourages all suppliers of wood raw materials to practice sustainable forest management.
- Strict limits on the use of hazardous materials, including exclusion of elemental chlorine, in the processing and content of Xerox papers.
We recognise that one of the most significant challenges our paper suppliers will face in meeting Xerox's requirements will be to demonstrate that they are safeguarding forest areas of significant ecological or cultural importance. Xerox fully supports multi-stakeholder efforts to identify forest areas requiring protection, and to develop information sources and tools that will enable suppliers to identify these areas on their own forestlands and in their procurement of wood raw materials from third parties. Xerox expects its paper suppliers to take full advantage of these resources as part of their sustainable forest management efforts.