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:

Responsible Forestry

Forests are critical to supporting virtually all life on earth. Increases in world population and pressure from economic demands are increasing threats to the world’s forests. These threats are especially high in tropical regions where deforestation and loss of high-conservation-value areas are already occurring. The good news is that forests are one of our most-renewable resources and by collaborating with numerous private and public sector organizations we can make progress in making progress to achieve our goals protecting habitat which benefits people, business, wildlife and local economies.

Wood Pulp Supply Chains

Third-party certification

100% of the virgin wood pulp we purchase for use in our tissue/towel and absorbent hygiene products is third-party certified by one of our accepted forest certification programs.

We give preference to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified pulp when it is available and meets product performance and business requirements. FSC certification protects water, wildlife, and local people by ensuring forests are responsibly managed. FSC standards are recognized worldwide as the most stringent forest management certification scheme and are supported by leading international environmental NGOs.

Based on the market availability of certified pulp, P&G’s supply chain will also source from other third-party forestry certification systems. They include:

  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)
  • Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR)
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group Sustainable Forest Management System (SFM)

Procurement Policy

As part of our procurement practices, we require that all wood used for pulp supplied to us has undergone a risk assessment in accordance with the FSC Controlled Wood standard. The FSC CW risk assessments ensure that unwanted wood sources are avoided and that wood harvesting is done legally per our procurement policy. Our preference for FSC makes use of both FSC Forest Management Chain of Custody (FSC FM COC) and Controlled Wood (FSC CW) inputs.

We require that the forest certification systems utilized by our wood pulp suppliers adhere to the following criteria for responsible forest management:

  • Ensure the safety of forestry and manufacturing operations for employees and the environment.
  • Ensure 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.
  • Ensure that their supply chain incorporates the principles of responsible forest management and continuous improvement in their own operations and that they are verified by independent forest and chain-of-custody certification.
  • Ensure that trees are not harvested from high-conservation value forests unless they are credibly certified or verified to not include controversial sources. 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).
  • Ensure that there is no sourcing from genetically modified trees in pulp delivered to us.
  • Ensure that their own and their 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.
  • Ensure that their supply chain used to produce our pulp does not contain fibre from conflict timber (timber that was traded in a way that drives violent armed conflict or threatens national or regional stability).

Learn more about this policy here.

As part of implementing our responsible sourcing commitments P&G is a participant in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN).

To learn more about GFTN, visit http://gftn.panda.org/.

Pulp for Our Tissue/Towel and Absorbent Hygiene Products

Pulp Sources

In FY 16/17, we purchased 1.5 million metric tons of air-dried pulp for use in our tissue/towel, diaper and absorbent hygiene products. The pulp was sourced from the following countries and used the following third-party certified fiber:

Country of Origin

  • Argentina: 1%
  • Brazil: 35%
  • Canada: 31%
  • United States: 33%
  • Total: 100%

Certification System

  • FSC FM COC*35%
  • FSC CW**8%
  • PEFC37%
  • SFI19%
  • CSA-SFM1%
  • Total: 100%

* FSX FM COC - FSC Forest Management Chain of Custody

** FSC FM CW - Controlled Wood