This move is part of Walmart’s ongoing work with global private brands suppliers and larger goals related to deforestation, which recognize the FSC, SFI and PEFC certification programs, with a preference for FSC certification - especially in high priority countries 2 - when it is available in quantities, performance characteristics and prices that meet our suppliers’ needs. And though the move to more sustainably sourced paper means additional requirements for buyers and suppliers, it’s a change we’re willing to make because it promotes forest health and preservation of forest resources into the future.
Once fully transitioned to certified and/or recycled content, packaging on products like loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, planners, poster board and more will have FSC, SFI, PEFC or 100% recycled logos visible to our customers.
Making the Impact
“Purchasing paper products made with fiber from responsibly managed forests or recycled fiber is an important action consumers can take to help sustain forests for people and nature,” said Linda Walker, senior director, forests, World Wildlife Fund. “We applaud the step Walmart is taking to strengthen its stationery sourcing requirements and help its customers be part of the solution.”
People want to feel good about the products they buy, and our customers count on us to deliver access to safer, healthier and more affordable products in a way that is sustainable for people and the planet. That’s why Walmart encourages suppliers to certify their products and works with them to increase transparency and traceability back to products’ origins.
As Walmart continues to work with others to prioritize sustainable forestry, we have the chance to be part of a change that supports forests, and the people who rely on them, for generations to come.
2 “High priority countries” are as defined by the Consumer Goods Forum: Indonesia (fiber source), Malaysia (wood chips source), China (fiber source and trader), Thailand (fiber source), and Colombia (fiber source).