As one of the largest distributors of paper for office printers and copiers, Xerox recognizes its obligation to responsibly produce and source paper. Through partnerships with our customers, suppliers and key stakeholders, our long-term goal is to support a sustainable paper cycle. Starting with the source of the fiber used to make the paper, through its manufacture and use, Xerox strives to minimize environmental impact while meeting our customers’ exacting business needs.
For companies that provide paper to Xerox for resale, we phased in stringent requirements from 2003 to 2005 that cover all aspects of papermaking, from forest management to production of finished goods. On an annual basis, Xerox suppliers submit detailed documentation that verifies compliance. In 2008, suppliers representing more than 90% of the paper Xerox supplies to our customers met these requirements. Xerox continues to work with our suppliers to increase the rate of compliance to 100%. More information on paper sourcing guidelines is available at www.xerox.com/environment.
Key elements of the requirements include:
- Commitment to compliance with all applicable environmental health and safety regulatory requirements, including forestry codes of practice and regulations governing legal harvesting of wood.
- An effective environmental management system for mills and objectives for continual improvement in environmental performance above and beyond regulatory compliance.
- An effective procurement process that:
– Ensures the exclusion of illegally harvested wood raw materials.
– Ensures the exclusion of wood raw materials derived from forest areas of significant ecological
or cultural importance unless certified to a sustainable forest management standard that has been
accepted by Xerox.
– Encourages all suppliers of wood raw materials to practice sustainable forest management.
- Strict limits on the use of hazardous materials, including the exclusion of elemental chlorine, in the processing and content of Xerox papers.
We recognize that one of the challenges paper companies face in meeting Xerox’s requirements is to demonstrate that they are safeguarding forest areas of significant ecological or cultural importance. Xerox fully supports multi-stakeholder efforts to develop information sources and tools that will help suppliers identify these areas on their own forestlands and in their procurement of wood raw materials from third-party lands. Xerox expects its suppliers to take full advantage of these resources as part of their efforts toward sustainable forestry.
Partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Xerox is in its third year of a three-year, $1 million grant to The Nature Conservancy to fund efforts to advance sustainable forest management. The Xerox/Nature Conservancy partnership is focusing on forest management in Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and the U.S. It is identifying and promoting best practices that will enable environmental scientists, forest managers and paper suppliers to work cooperatively toward sustainable forest management. To date, the partnership has supported the launch of the Canadian Boreal Information Centre linking Boreal Forest data and information to diverse users to improve resource management, monitoring and conservation planning. This science-based approach supports several key goals of the partnership such as providing forest managers with accessible biodiversity data where there is currently little information and further incorporating biodiversity considerations into forest management, particularly on those lands that ultimately supply Xerox with fiber. The partnership is also supporting the strengthening of sustainable forest management standards governed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and activities aimed at full implementation of the High Conservation Value Forest Concept which is critical to identifying important ecological areas and implementing appropriate biodiversity management practices.
Sustainable Forest Management-Certified Papers
Xerox has introduced papers that comply with sustainable forest management standards including FSC, Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and SFI. FSC-certified papers use raw materials from an FSC-certified source, controlled wood sources or post-consumer reclaimed sources. As a requirement for displaying the FSC label on its papers, Xerox earned FSC Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program. Xerox has also earned PEFC Chain-of-Custody Certification.
Recycled content is another way Xerox reduces the environmental impact of its papers, offering papers with 20% to 100% post-consumer recycled content. Our recycled papers use post-consumer waste in place of new pulp. Every ton of recycled fiber avoids the use of three and one-half tons of virgin fiber.1 Recycled products are required to meet the same strict performance specifications as virgin products and are designed for optimal performance in Xerox equipment.
Efficient Use of Paper
Including reliable two-sided (duplex) printing, Xerox equipment and software are also designed with features that allow customers to make efficient use of paper. Software products such as DocuShare®, SMARTsend® and FreeFlow® Digital Workflow Collection help Xerox customers reduce paper consumption by facilitating electronic data management, scan to e-mail, print-on-demand, and distribute-then-print workflows.
For more information on Xerox paper, visit www.xerox.com/supplies.
1 Paper Task Force Recommendations for Purchasing and Using Environmentally Preferable Paper, Updated Lifecycle
Environmental Charts, 2002.