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 requires that the forest certification systems utilized by our wood pulp suppliers adhere to the following criteria for sustainable forest management:

  • Ensuring that unwanted wood sources are avoided and that wood is legally harvested and that all legal requirements are met. P&G will not knowingly use illegally sourced materials in our products.
  • Ensuring the safety of forestry and manufacturing operations for employees and the environment.
  • Ensuring that our supply chain is incorporating the principles of sustainable forest management and continuous improvement in their own operations and that these are verified by independent forest and chain-of custody certification.
  • Ensuring that trees are not harvested from high-conservation-value 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).
  • Ensuring that wood fiber obtained from converted forest lands where HCV are present have been protected.
  • Ensuring that there is no sourcing from genetically modified trees.
  • Ensuring that supplier practices reflect our social values and support of universal human rights through work with local governments and communities to improve the educational, cultural, economic and social well-being of those communities.
  • Ensuring that our supply chain does not contain fiber from conflict timber (timber that was traded in a way that drives violent armed conflict or threatens national or regional stability).

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