We use wood pulp for tissue and absorbent hygiene products. And while we don’t own or manage forests, we have a responsibility through our procurement practices to ensure sustainability of these resources.

We’re 100% committed to vetting the sources of our pulp fiber, being transparent in our sourcing and ensuring sustainable forest management. We also work to avoid any unwanted sources of wood and will collaborate with key stakeholders on increases in preferred certification schemes.

 We take countless measures to ensure sustainable sourcing. Independent third-party verification systems are used to ensure sustainable forest management and wood traceability. And we partner with global multi-stakeholder organizations to develop tools and scientific methods to protect values and services that forests provide such as biodiversity, watershed protection and climate moderation. When it comes to transparency, we track and report the amount of wood pulp it purchases and relevant information on certification status.

Sustainable forest management

P&G purchases wood pulp from suppliers that:

  • Ensure the safety of forestry and manufacturing operations for employees and the environment.
  • Document that wood is legally harvested and all legal requirements are met. P&G will not knowingly use illegally sourced wood fiber in our products.
  • Practice sustainable forest management and strive to improve their own operations and wood sourcing, as verified by independent forest and chain-of-custody certification.
  • Do not obtain wood from High Conservation Value (HCV) forests. P&G 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 parties (e.g., www.hcvnetwork.org).
  • Do not obtain the wood from genetically modified tree sources.
  • Reflect our social values and support of universal human rights through partnership with local governments and communities to improve the educational, cultural, economic and social well-being of those communities.
  • Do not source wood from conflict timber (timber that was traded in a way that drives violent armed conflict or threatens national or regional stability).

We ensure compliance with this policy through site visits, comprehensive surveys and research, required documentation and independent third-party certification of sustainable forest management practices. We require pulp suppliers to independently certify their operations for sustainable forest management. We also require auditable assurance that wood from sources not directly owned and managed by the supplier is legally sourced and harvested via sustainable practices.