About

Overview

SPC Forest Products, formally known as the Forest Products Working Group, is a special project within the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Our mission is to bring together thought-leading companies from across the supply chain to convene on pressing sustainability issues related to fiber-based packaging — and to develop tools and resources to help industry set and meet sustainability goals. To do this, we create a space for companies to network, share knowledge, and convene work to improve industry understanding and/or sustainability outcomes.

SPC Forest Products members share the belief that positive change happens when companies work and learn together.  

Meeting Approach

SPC Forest Products meets quarterly via Zoom. During these calls we host topical roundtable discussions, member presentations, and guest speakers based on current member interests.

A strength of this format is that SPC Forest Products members can efficiently explore topics together — and submit popular issues for further, more intensive collaborative discussion or work. It’s up to members if they want to join in on the new collaborative — but in either case, they can look forward to consistent discussion on new and important sustainability trends during quarterly SPC Forest Products meetings.

Members are encouraged to join in on discussions, build cross-company relationships and ask questions. Whether you are new to sustainability and forest products, are an expert in your field, or are somewhere in the middle, all SPC members are welcome to join our quarterly meetings!

 

2022 Meeting Dates: (11AM – 12PM ET)

Friday, November 5th, 2021
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Thursday, October 27, 2022

 

Why Focus on Forest Products?

Forests cover 31% of the world’s land area and provide critically important ecosystem services. These include regulating, supporting, provisioning, and cultural services — like clean water, carbon storage, and plant and animal habitat, recreational opportunities,  jobs, wood, fiber, biofuel, etc. Despite all the benefits they provide, forest ecosystems still face major threats, including:
-Climate Change and Global Warming
-Permanent Forest Conversion (i.e. Deforestation)
-Unsustainable, Unregulated, and/or Illegal Harvesting

By creating a demand for sustainable fiber-based packaging, companies can help to ensure working forests stay forests, that important ecosystem services are protected, and that valuable resources are preserved for current and future generations. As far as a business case goes, responsibly sourced fiber encourages environmentally-sound forestry practices, helps to establish sustainable material flows, and builds trust with customers. 

For more information on responsible sourcing, check out the Guide to Verifying Responsible Sourcing (developed by the VRS Collaborative and SPC Forest Products). 

 

The Team

We foster an open and cooperative environment that prioritizes meaningful and candid discourse on sustainability issues. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to any of our team members!

Forest Products Group

Tom Pollock

Associate Director, SPC
Forest Products Group

Memorie English

Southeast Strategic Partnerships Manager, The American Forest Foundation
Forest Products Group

Sarah Messer

Senior Communications Manager, SPC

Current SPC Forest Products Co-Chairs

SPC Forests Products has two Co-Chairs that provide valuable input and guidance to the group, and represent the interests of the SPC Forest Products membership at large. In most cases, SPC Forest Products co-chairs agree to serving a two year term (terms are offset from one another to provide co-chair continuity over time).

Forest Products Group

Rodrigue Kreilmann

Mars
Forest Products Group

Chad Leatherwood

Weyerhaeuser

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