Scholastic is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the environment in all of our paper procurement practices, and while we aim to inspire a love of reading and learning in kids everywhere, we endeavor to produce materials responsibly. Our paper procurement policy extends purchasing preference to those products and suppliers that exhibit superior environmental performance, and that align with our goals.
In fact, we've made so much progress on our company-wide goal of strengthening our sustainable paper procurement practices and increasing the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled paper purchased, that we’ve increased it. In January of 2008, Scholastic announced goals for 2012 to increase its purchase of FSC-certified paper for its publications to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% would be post-consumer waste. Having made significant gains toward the FSC goal, in mid-2011 we announced we’ll increase our goal for 2012 from 30% to 35%. The majority of Scholastic Book Clubs catalogs, which offer top-quality books and reading materials on a monthly basis to teachers and students in pre-school through high school, are now printed exclusively on FSC-certified paper.
The paper we use matters. We consider the following when it comes to paper procurement:
We require compliance with all local, state and federal regulations in each community where our paper suppliers have operations, and we will not knowingly do business with companies that collude with or purchase wood products from illegal logging operations.
Suppliers are required to possess independent third party certification of sustainable forestry practices for all forests they own or manage. In addition, we expect paper manufactured for Scholastic product to be free of unacceptable sources of fiber as described by the FSC controlled wood standard.
Scholastic prohibits sourcing from Indonesian tropical rainforests, old growth and/or endangered forests. We have instituted a program of random fiber testing of books to ensure product is free of tropical hardwood fiber.
We're committed to using recovered fiber in our packaging, office and publications paper, and every effort is made to reduce basis weights on titles where appropriate in order to reduce total paper use and raw materials consumed in the production of that paper.
We will continue to ensure that our product design maximizes resources and minimizes waste. We are committed to continuously evaluating the recyclability of our products, and improving where feasible, thereby increasing the potential supply of recycled fiber.
We will select supply partners who demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement in source reduction and pollution prevention that meets or exceeds legal requirements to minimize the environmental footprint of paper production on water, air and climate. We encourage our suppliers to pursue energy conservation, increase the utilization of renewable energy sources such as wind power and biogas, engage in co-generation of electricity and increase energy efficiency in the papermaking process. For products that require bleaching and brightening, we will show preference to suppliers who utilize processes that are environmentally responsible. All paper sourced for Scholastic products globally must be Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF). Preference will be given to mills that are Enhanced Elemental Chlorine Free (EECF), Totally Chlorine Free (TCF), or Processed Chlorine Free (PCF).
The desired outcome of our policy is continuous improvement in the environmental performance of paper supported by concurrent economic incentives.
Suppliers must publish, or make available to Scholastic, a report that highlights their progress towards waste minimization, sustainable forestry practices, use of recovered fiber, clean manufacturing practices, and continued economic viability. And in turn, we provide annual reporting summarizing the progress the company has made in meeting the goals stated in this policy.
Scholastic recognizes that responsible environmental stewardship is a continuous process, and we've engaged our paper suppliers in an ongoing dialog. As a company committed to educating and caring for children and ensuring a safe environment in which they can learn and grow, Scholastic will continue to create and publish books and other materials that help educate children about the importance of responsible environmental practices and the role they can play in helping preserve the environment.
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