Scholastic Inc. is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the environment in all of its paper procurement practices. We endeavor to produce quality products in a responsible manner from design to material specification to finished goods.
Our procurement policy extends purchasing preference to products and suppliers that exhibit superior environmental performance and are aligned with the following goals:
Forest Management Practices
Scholastic Inc. requires compliance with all local, state and federal regulations in each community where our paper suppliers have operations. We will not knowingly do business with companies that collude with or purchase wood products from illegal logging operations.
By year-end 2008, we will expect all paper manufactured for Scholastic product to be free of unacceptable sources of fiber as described by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) controlled wood standard.
By 2012, Scholastic’s goal for publications paper purchases will be for 30% to be FSC-certified.
Our suppliers will be required to possess independent third party certification of sustainable forestry practices for all forests they own or manage. A third party audit of the paper company’s forestry practices should be performed at regular intervals according to the guidelines set forth by thecertification system adopted by the company. Suppliers who source wood from third-party supplierswill provide proof that third-party sources of wood are harvested in an environmentally sound manner in accordance with the conditions outlined earlier in this policy. The detailed audit report should be provided to Scholastic’s Director of Paper Procurement upon completion ofcertification audits.
Wise Use of Resources
Scholastic is committed to using recovered fiber in its packaging, office and publications paper. In addition, 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. To that end, we commit to the following:
Clean Manufacturing Process
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. There must be sufficient value and availability of products throughout the supply chain, as determined by Scholastic, in order to ensure that environmentally responsible papers, including those containing recovered fiber, can be procured successfully and consistently. We commit to supporting suppliers that meet our standards and are credible partners in our efforts to ensure sustainable products are available to us and other market partners.
Credible Reporting and Verification
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.
In addition, Scholastic will provide annual reporting summarizing the progress the company has made in meeting the goals stated in this policy.
Ongoing Efforts and Environmental Education
Scholastic recognizes that responsible environmental stewardship is a continuous process. We have engaged our paper suppliers in an ongoing dialog to monitor and remain informed about opportunities to design, produce and procure an increasing amount of environmentally responsible paper. Scholastic challenges our partners to develop new grades that offer economically feasible high quality paper suitable for use in our products. Scholastic will give purchasing preference to companies who practice and encourage sustainable forest management, and sustainable manufacturing based on concepts of continuous improvements.
In addition, 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.
This policy was developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders and numerous supply chain partners. We thank them for their input and guidance.
Stakeholders and Partners
Lindenmeyr Book Publishing
As You Sow
Green Press Initiative
National Wildlife Federation